GLORIOUS Goodwood starts on Tuesday with some top class racing. Thankfully, after a wet Ascot and Epsom, we finally have a summer festival on good fast ground. Here are a few fancies…. 2.00: A typically tricky handicap kicks things off with 18 runners. The improver is Shakopee who won well under Jamie Spencer last time out and Luca Cumani has a track record of readying one for the big Goodwood handicaps. However Mark Johnston has an even better record at Glorious Goodwood and FIRE FIGHTING looks decent value at around 10/1. He rarely wins and his form figures look uninspiring but he has slipped to his lowest mark in more than a year (102) and was only three lengths behind Educate in the John Smith’s Cup. If Adam Kirby can engineer a decent position from a wide draw he should run a huge race.
2.35: I was taken with the way BOYNTON won on his debut over the course and then followed up with victory over War Decree in the Superlative Stakes, with the pair pulling clear. He meets War Decree on 3lb worse terms thanks to his Group Two penalty but I got the impression that Boynton won a shade cosier than it appeared at Newmarket and I think he can confirm the form, although there should not be much in it.
3.10: Godolphin dominate the Lennox Stakes with the first three in the market. I’m taking HOME OF THE BRAVE to make all the running and fend off Dutch Connection and Birchwood. He should get a nice tow into the race off stablemate Gifted Master and can confirm his improvement this season.
3.45: NOTARISED is 5lb lower than when he ran a creditable sixth in this race in 2015, beaten just two lengths in what was a blanket finish, just behind Elidor (who runs off the same mark). Mark Johnston’s stayer loves Goodwood and has a plum draw in one to allow him to grab the lead. He has already been nibbled at in the market and anything bigger than 8/1 looks decent value.
4.20: THESME has been knocking on the door and the lightning fast 5f at Goodwood should suit her blistering speed. She is drawn 17, close to the nearside rail, so should have the toe to dominate this race. Frankie Dettori is a significant booking.
4.55: HARRY ANGEL showed inexperience and pulled hard on his Ascot debut and has been given time since then. But he still ran a blinder to be touched off by a Godolphin debutante and the form of the race has not worked out too badly. He will be a short price but is the clear form choice.
5.30: HALEY BOP is well drawn in one and is taken to make all. Pure Art is progressive and Haggle looks interesting on her seasonal reappearance.