Glorious Goodwood Tips 2018 | Day 3

Afting more unlucky places yesterday, racing tipster Graeme Johnston picks out his best bets from day three of this year’s Glorious Goodwood.

2:25 Lillie Langtry  Stakes

The Lillie Langtry stakes is a group 2 for staying fillies where 13 line up and it’s a solid if unspectacular field. A few unexposed fillies clash with ones with group 1 experience, and I’m backing one who is progressive and shapes as if this trip is ideal for her.

God Given was second last time out to Horseplay over two furlongs shorter and that form makes her the one to beat here. That day she finished ahead of Precious Ramstowe who re-opposes however there is no reason to expect her to reverse that form.

She won in France last season over just short of a mile five on soft ground and her running style indicates she will relish the extra trip. She can lead or race in behind the leaders so there is no reliance on dominating and if they do take her on in front she won’t be overly bothered. I expect her to win this.

3:00 Richmond Stakes

The Richmond Stakes over six furlongs is a group 2 for juveniles with a rich history for producing above average winners. This year’s renewal isn’t crying out with any obvious superstars however it looks competitive and there is one at a decent price I like the look of.

Charming Kid from the Richard Fahey yard won in taking fashion on his debut at York in May and struck me as a juvenile to follow. However his next run at Royal Ascot was disappointing but I’m willing to forgive him that on only his second start.

He returned to form with a good third in the July Stakes at Newmarket where he only lost second late on. The uphill finish there may have been against him and on more of a speed test this could be ideal. There is very little to separate from him and the favourite Konchek here and he represents a solid each way selection.

3:35 Nasau Stakes

The Nasau stakes is day threes highlight and one of the major events on the fillies calender. A really good field has been assembled with plenty of top grade form on offer, and I’m backing one who has just broke her group 1 duck and is progressive.

Urban Fox was a decent filly last year without being top class for James Tate, however she was sold and transferred to William Haggis where she has been transformed. She has stepped up in trip gradually and having spent most of her career between seven furlongs and a mile she took her form to new levels over 10 furlongs.

Last time out she won a group one in Ireland where she beat this year’s Oaks winner with a subsequent group one winner further back in third. The way she travelled through the race and quickened away from high class horses was hugely impressive, and though this is a very good race I think she has the ability to win this.

 

Graeme Johnstone’s Goodwood Tips

Lillie Langtry Stakes – God Given

Richmond Stakes – Charming Kid E/W

Nasau Stakes – Urban Fox