IT’S come around quicker than Christmas, but believe it or not Glorious Goodwood gets underway today.
The Goodwood Cup is the Group 1 highlight, but my bets come courtesy of the other Group contests in the Lennox and Vintage Stakes.
The latter looks set to be one of the best races of the week. Whoever wins the Group 2 Vintage, is undoubtedly a serious prospect.
Pinatubo put up an extraordinary run at Royal Ascot, but at the prices I’m keen to side with Mark Johnston’s VISINARI (Goodwood, 2.25).
He got all sorts wrong in the July Stakes at Newmarket, and was still only beat a neck in a decent Group 2.
A step up to seven furlongs will undoubtedly suit and so long as he breaks and races better in the early stages, I’m confident he can put it up to Godolphin’s Pinatubo.
Profit and Loss – Using SP*
His debut was one of the best you’ll see by a juvenile. The time, sectionals and stride all caused the clock-watchers jaws to hit the floor.
That data also suggests this seven furlong race will be right up his street and undoubtedly towards the end of this season and into next he’ll be best over a mile.
The draw in one is perfect over this track and of course, he gets the Frankie Dettori factor in the saddle. The man can’t put a foot wrong as of late, and there’s no one better from the front.
Of course Pinatubo is the deserved favourite, but at the odds, I have to side with Visinari.
2.25 Goodwood – VISINARI 1pt win (Bet now)
3.00 Goodwood – SPEAK IN COLOURS 0.5pt ew (Bet now)
The Lennox Stakes looks a weak renewal and I’ve been waiting for SPEAK IN COLOURS (Goodwood, 3.00) to step up to seven furlongs for a while.
He finished his races well at the likes of Ascot and despite hitting the front way too soon in his Listed success last time out, also stuck on well.
He always travels well and this seven furlongs is one of the easiest on the circuit. Providing he handles the track, he should be a big player here from stall three.
I’ll be hoping the majority of the rain stays away as his best form has definitely come on a quicker surface.
It’s a really windy division as ever. Not many horses target the seven furlong series, for obvious reasons.
I’m not convinced Zaaki wants the drop to this trip and the likes of Suedois and Sir Dancealot have heaps of questions to answer.
At a big price I think Speak Of Colours is interesting and a hell of a lot less exposed over this distance than the majority of these.