Friday 29th July 2022
Author: Jordan Yates
Glorious Goodwood 2022
Welcome aboard to the Day 4 preview of Glorious Goodwood and once it’s again we start off with the 1:50 which is once again another massively competitive handicap. Just like yesterday, I’ve had two punts in the race and the first of these comes in the form of Super Superjack at 4/1 for the team of Milton Harris and Kieran O’Neil. I became a big fan of the Harris yard throughout the National Hunt season last year as they had a stellar season, and I think they’ve got a big chance of picking up a big flat pot here. This five-year-old has been progressing nicely, winning twice already this season and he also has a course win to his name that counts for a lot around here. I’d consider him a very big player. The other one I like is Zoffee at 17/2 for the Hugo Palmer and James Doyle. I tipped him up at Newmarket last time where he finished a very close third at a big price, that was also in a big handicap in the Bet365 Trophy where he backed up an impressive win in the Northumberland Vase. Racing off just a couple pounds higher than that Newmarket run here I think he could well be involved again, if he gets some luck in the run.
The next race I’ll be taking a look at is the 3:00 which is the Golden Mile that’s another big handicap, attracting 20 runners. I’ve tried my hand with two once more here, the first of which isn’t very imaginative as I’ve gone with Noble Dynasty at 7/2 for Charlie Appleby and William Buick who have enjoyed great success so far this week. He won impressively at Newmarket earlier in the month and is ahead of the handicapper here, the team is in great form and it’s likely that this 3.6 million purchase of theirs is another runner who has considerable progression left in him, and will probably take a lot of stopping. One I like at a bigger price is Blue For You at 11/1 for the combination of David O’Meara and Danny Tudhope. He’s been posting some solid efforts recently, with his last three outings resulting in form figures of 322, and he still remains on what looks a very manageable mark. From Stall 1 here he could well get a clear run and therefore be very dangerous at the business end of things.
The big race of the day comes up at 3:35 and it’s the King George Qatar Stakes which is a Group 1 event that’s contested over five furlongs. You could make a case for pretty much all of them here, which is reflected in the market as it’s currently 4/1 the field. I’ve taken a chance on Lazuli though at 6/1 for that team again of Charlie Appleby and William Buick. He started his campaign off in Meydan where he won a Group 2 event, beating Acklam Express in the process, last time out he finished midfield in the King’s Stand at Royal Ascot, and I don’t think that run was all that bad at all. I think that there could be a bit more progression to come from him though as he’s still relatively lightly raced. He also has form with some of his market rivals here and has six wins to his name, another positive is that he’ll have no issue at all with the fast surface. He’s certainly got every chance if things fall right for him.
The penultimate race of the day is the 4:45 which is a Nursery Handicap that’s contested over six furlongs. I think this can go to Bolt Action at 7/2 for Roger Varian and David Egan. I tipped him up at a double-figure price for the Windsor Castle Stakes at Royal Ascot, where he ran a very solid race to finish 6th of 18 behind Little Big Bear. Before that he created a very big impression on debut by bolting up at Leicester by the best part of seven lengths. He’s got far from an easy task here, carrying top-weight, and stall 10 isn’t the best of draws either, however, he’s very highly regarded by his top stable and I think he could well prove to be considerably better than this company.
Concluding the action is the 5:20 which is a Class 3 Handicap that’s contested over a mile and three furlongs. If I was doing these picks on the Daily Selections, this would be my NAP of the day, and it’s Omniscient at 9/4 for Sir Mark Prescott and Luke Morris. He was last seen when absolutely bolting up at Yarmouth last week by over five lengths, when upped in trip. Just like so many have done before for this yard, he could likely go on to notch up a string of consecutive victories. It’s also likely that his current mark could really underestimate him and if he turns up here in anywhere near the same form that he was in last time he’ll be a very tough nut to crack.