Glorious Goodwood. Glorious Stakes & King George Stakes Preview. (Day 4)
1.50 Betfred Glorious Stakes 1m 4f (Group 3)
The Group 3 Glorious Stakes kicks action off on Day 4 of the meeting and it’s headed by Frontiersman for Charlie Appleby and William Buick on the back of his second in a Group 2 at Newmarket. He has bundles of ability this horse but also has the ability to throw races away. He was outstanding when second behind Highland Reel in the Group 1 Coronation Cup at Epsom which is the clear best form of the race. If he’s at the business end in the latter stages and races on a true line and put’s his quirks to one side he’ll be very hard to beat here.
Poet’s Word is also a live danger for Sir Michael Stoute and Ryan Moore. He hasn’t been seen since a close up second in a Group 3 contest at Chester’s May Festival however he looks to be a typical progressive colt for this yard. He has however yet to be tested on ground slower than good to soft.
A couple of each way alternatives I like to the market leaders here however are Second Step and Lord Yeates. Now, I have been trying to narrow it down to one selection between the two but have found it increasingly difficult to separate the two but considering they are both at more than backable prices they are both worth consideration.
Lord Yeates has been progressing in tremendous style, I was at York when he he won a Handicap in taking style and he followed it up with a real tough performance just edging out the other selection Second Step in a Listed Contest at Newmarket. More is needed from him here but if he handles the ground better than others he might just be a big player again.
Second Step has has been running well as of late and was unlucky when behind Lord Yeates at Newmarket, the latter was receiving 3lb off him that day. He’s showing that he has still got big performances in his locker and he has also good form on soft ground which is going to be key here. He won a Listed Contest over track and trip at May and he might just make another bold bid to get into the frame here if either of the market leaders don’t show up or don’t handle the surface.
Selections: Second Step 5/1 E/W – Lord Yeates 11/2 E/W
3.35 Qatar Goodwood King George Stakes 5f (Group 2)
The King George Stakes now which is sprint contest over 5 furlongs and as ever it’s attracted some of the best sprinters in the land. Profitable and Battaash are battling it out for favourtism on the top of the market. Battaash absolutely battered a Group 3 field at Sandown last time out since being gelded and looked a star in the making on that day. If handling the surface today and repeating something close to that he’s going to be seriously hard to peg back.
I do like Profitable though, he had a great first half to the seaosn last year which was rounded off with a win in the Group 1 at Royal Ascot. He started the season showing signs that he still has that kind of form in him when second to Lady Aurelia at Royal Ascot this time around, he’s a huge player here on that form and if performing to his capabilities he’ll surely go close.
There are many other big players in the field, Marsha, Priceless and last year’s winner Take Cover to name but a few. Kachy has decent form to his name and is at a big price in the market. Another one at a big price that might outrun his odds is Ardad for John Gosden and Frankie Dettori. He’s got some pretty mediocre runs to his name as of late but does have a Group 2 win to his name and more importantly has good form on soft ground with a Listed win on soft. He’s trading at a general 22/1 which could be a big price for a horse that seemingly has no problem with this tough surface.
Selections: Profitable 11/4 – Ardad 22/1 E/W