TWO festivals for the price of one this week with both Galway and Glorious Goodwood 2017 kicking off on Tuesday. Goodwood may not start off quite so Glorious with the ground currently on the slow side of good but the weather generally looks fine for the five days of equine excellence. The obvious highlight is the duel between Ribchester and Churchill in the Qatar Sussex Stakes on Wednesday. Here are six to follow for Glorious Goodwood…
SIMPLE VERSE (Goodwood Cup, Tuesday): Never got into it in the Ascot Gold Cup and may have found the trip too far. She will appreciate the easier ground on Tuesday in this famous old race which is now a Group One. Big Orange is all the rage in the market but is an unattractive betting proposition at even-money favourite. Simple Verse is a plausible each-way alternative at 14/1 and if she was to produce her very best she might well win this comfortably.
JAMES GARFIELD (Vintage Stakes, Tuesday): Another each-way poke at around 10/1. A promising run at Royal Ascot was followed by a routine maiden victory at Doncaster. This is stepping back up in grade but it looks a wide-open affair and George Scott looks to have a nice prospect on his hands for evergreen owner Bill Gredley.
LIMATO (Lennox Stakes, Tuesday): Hold your bets as although Limato has been declared among the 15 runners Henry Candy will decide on the morning of the race whether he takes his chance on the slow-ish ground. He ran a solid race in the July Cup and may now just need seven furlongs to show his best. But 4/1 could be an early Christmas present if he runs.
HAVANA GREY (Molecomb Stakes, Wednesday): I love this fella. He looks a quality juvenile and only a below par run at Royal Ascot has blotted his copybook thus far. He is a speedball who likes to race up with the pace and Goodwood should suit him ideally with 4/1 looking decent value.
TANGLED (Telegraph Nursery handicap, Thursday): Richard Hannon has always thought a lot of this two-year-old and although he took a few runs for the penny to drop he was mighty impressive winning a Newmarket nursery. Ryan Moore has been booked and although he has been raised 11lb he should take some beating.
RUSUMAAT (Betfred Mile Handicap, Friday): This horse has been pretty consistent for Mark Johnston who always sends a strong team to Goodwood and rarely leaves without notching. A game winner at Haydock last time he ran really well at Goodwood as a juvenile and his handy racing style could be an advantage in what is an admittedly tricky race.
Prices correct at the time of going to press.