Saturday 31st July 2021
Glorious Goodwood 2021
Author: Jordan Yates
“Welcome to my final preview of the week for the 2021 Glorious Goodwood Festival, and what a week of racing it’s been. Yesterday was a fine day from a viewing and punting perspective for the page, Baaeed officially announced himself as a one of the most exciting horses in training with a mightily impressive win in the Thoroughbred Stakes and we had a 1-2 for the blog with Maydanny winning the Golden Mile at 8/1 and Rhoscolyn following him home in second at 13/2. I hope a few of you were on. The final day looks the toughest of them all, so as ever, if you are having a punt do it with caution and responsibly.
It’s a slightly earlier kick off time today with the opener coming at 1:20, and it’s once again a Class 2 Handicap but this time over seven furlongs. It’s 5/1 the field currently and the one I’ve opted to side a tentative alliance with is Dark Shift for Charlie Hills and David Egan. He’s been a beaten favourite on his last two outings, however, was giving a lot to do at Ascot last time when he dwelt at the start before staying on well to finish fourth. I think there’s every chance he can be effective of his current mark and we could well see that here. I’d also give a shout to Master Zoffany who’s I’ll note as the main danger.
Moving onto the 1:55 which is the Stewards Sprint Handicap over five furlongs, a consolation race for the Stewards Cup. Following the theme of extremely competitive fields, this one is no different as once again it’s 5/1 the field. I’ve had two darts here with the first of these coming in the form Bickerstaffe for Karl Burke and Clifford Lee. He’s a horse that connections have always thought highly of and he ran his best race to date the last day when winning an Ascot handicap, he arrives he a pound well-in and if getting a clear run he’s could well go close again. The second pick of mine comes in the form of Royal Scimitar for Clive Cox and Adam Kirby, this three-year-old was last seen when finishing an eye-catching fourth at Newmarket when he made considerable headway from the wrong side of the track. He’s unexposed over this trip for a trainer that excels with these types, he could well prove to be a big player. Finally I’d mark up Music Society as a main danger, he’s eight pounds well in here and has been running well all season.
The 2:30 is the Summer Handicap over a mile and six furlongs and is another Class 2 contest, and is another fiercely competitive race, this time being 13/2 the field. I’ve sided with the four-year-old son of New Approach that is Aaddeey here for Simon Crisford and David Egan. He wasn’t given a chance the last day in the John Smith’s Cup at York and still stayed on well, as he did on his penultimate outing at Ascot in the Duke of Edinburgh. This trip should be well within his comfort zone which is the case for the ground also, he’s a lot more unexposed than some of these too. I think Future Investment and the likable On To Victory should be considered as main dangers.
Up next it’s group race action in the form of the Group 2 Lillie Langtry Stakes over a mile and six furlongs. I’m keeping it simple here as I think that Wonderful Tonight is far better than this lot and if she wants to be considered an Arc prospect she would want to be dismantling this lot with minimal fuss. The ground is a slight concern as we all know that she loves the rain and a lot of cut, however, her class should see her through. Who are the main dangers? They are all a bit of a much of a muchness really in behind, you’d probably note up Divinely as the one having got placed form at Group level behind the brilliant Snowfall.
The final race I’ll be sharing my opinion on for this year’s Glorious Goodwood meetings is the Stewards Cup at 3:40. A Heritage Handicap over six furlongs, which is the king of all of the competitive handicaps we’ve seen this week. Instead of going through it runner by runner and marking out who are all the dangers, I’m just going to thrown my pick out there as if truth be told, the whole field is a danger in this. I’ve gone for Great Ambassador for Ed Walker and the in form William Buick. He’s got a bit to find on current form and was last seen finishing third of seven in a Newmarket handicap back in May. It’s clear though he’s been aimed at this particular race and he’s open to considerable improvement over this trip, as he’s lot less exposed than a lot of his rivals here. If he gets a run I think he could have a say.
“Well that’s it for Glorious Goodwood of 2021, hope you’ve enjoyed the content this week. As ever, thanks for checking it all out. See you at the next one!”