Consistent summery weather looks to be arriving at just the right time for Goodwood to be as Glorious as it should be. Seven races per day through until Saturday ensure I’ll be busy. Instead of analysing every race, I’ll be giving tips only where I see fit. Here are day one’s selections.
1:50 – JAZEEL
Setting Sail has looked highly progressive in his last three starts and Beringer consistent at this level, but collateral form should ensure that Jazeel has a fine chance of taking the prize for Jedd O’Keeffe. Jamie Spencer gets the nod with the horse off 3lb lower than his latest start at York having beaten both the previous two named on his two starts prior to that. He is better off with the Godolphin-owned favourite and only 1lb the worse for his encounter with Beringer.
2:25 – PINATUBO
Until he gets beaten, I have to include Pinatubo, who has delivered for me at Epsom and Ascot. He was so impressive in the Chesham, beating the highly touted Lope Y Fernandez, that he remains impossible to oppose regardless of him being a current favourite of mine. Visinari could come very good in time based on various metrics, but his stride and size, which will benefit him as he grows even further, currently make his running a little awkward. Nevertheless, the presence of he, Lope Y Fernandez and recent July Stakes winner Mystery Power may make this a renewal fitting of the race’s title.
3:00 – SPACE TRAVELLER
Having been victorious in the Jersey Stakes, the three-year-old allowance of 7lb should prove too generous Richard Fahey’s charge. The runner-up that day, Space Blues, subsequently chased home Too Darn Hot in the Group One Prix Jean Prat and Space Traveller was slightly hindered on hi way through to challenge. He was still comfortably on top at the line and though that was a big improvement on previous form, he may only need to replicate it to be in with an excellent shout.
3:35 – Can’t quite bring myself to recommend Stradivarius at those odds even though he’ll almost certainly win. Neither of the next two in the market offer each-way value so, if anything, favour Southern France for a place.
4:45 – LINE OF REASON
I can’t be certain that Line Of Reason will give his best, but he’s beautifully treated if he chooses to race. Even just two starts back, he showed some spark in a big-field handicap and he wasn’t beaten too far off 16lb lower in this two years ago. If he fancies it, 16/1 is a big price given there’s no stand out.
Fingers crossed for the quadruple and good luck.