Glorious Goodwood Tips 2018 | Day 2

Afting a winner and two places yesterday, racing tipster Graeme Johnston picks out his best bets from day two of this year’s Glorious Goodwood.

2:25 Matchbook Handicap


A mile and a half handicap with 11 runners and this looks wide open. Plenty of these have form that ties in with each other and there isn’t much between the main protagonists however I am backing one who looks on their way up to me and could end up a bit better than a handicapper.

Corgi has only run six times however he is on a huge upward curve and was last seen when going down narrowly at Royal Ascot. The time before that he broke his maiden in a decent handicap at Sandown and the form stands up well in this company.

He has nothing to find with his rivals here and as one of the least exposed runners in the field he is open to the improvement needed to take this.  He’s been well backed in the run up to this and Hughie Morrison does well with his handicappers so I expect him to run very well here.


3:00 Molecomb Stakes


The Molecomb Stakes is a group 3 5 furlong juvenile race and over one of the fastest 5 furlongs in Europe this is a real blink and you’ll miss it race. The market looks to have it right to me and I think the fancied horse should dominate, however I’m backing one who is fancied yet a good each way price.

Street Parade from the Stuart Williams yard has so far had a largely low key start in terms of races he’s taken part in, however last time out he put up a huge performance that really caught my eye. In a Novice stakes at Chepstow he won by eight lengths conceding lumps of weight to his rivals showing lots of pace there.

Though he does have to step up further to get competitive it doesn’t put him far off the best of these and his raw speed will be a huge asset here. I expect him to lead this field and it is possible to ‘cut loose’ at this track and at the odds available I make him an each way selection here.

3:35 Sussex Stakes


The Sussex Stakes is the highlight of day two and is always a high class race. This year is no different and there is a fascinating clash between two potentially high class three year olds and some of the best of the older brigade making this a mouthwatering prospect, however I’m backing one who is finally living up to the hype that surrounded him as a juvenile.

Expert Eye won at this meeting last year and was ante-post favourite for the 2000 guineas afterwards. However he flopped in the Dewhurst when favourite and his recovery back to the winners enclosure was a long drawn out process. His second in the Greenham was followed by a poor effort in the Guineas however he now seems to be putting his best foot forward.

He won the Jersey stakes last time out in really taking fashion and I’m more than prepared to forgive him his poor form in between runs. He has won at the track, has the scope to be top class and on ratings already has nothing to find with his rivals. I am very excited about him and think he will win this.


Graeme Johnstone’s Goodwood Tips

Matchbook Handicap – Corgi

Molecomb Stakes – Street Parade E/W

Sussex Stakes – Expert Eye