GLORIOUS by name, Glorious by nature.
Five days of top-class action at Goodwood gets underway on Tuesday and, as ever, it’s a huge week for punting.
I like a couple on the opening afternoon, and I am full prepared to reignite my love-hate relationship with SUEDOIS (3.00 Goodwood) in the Lennox.
I’ve followed this horse ever since he arrived in the UK, and there have been plenty of ups and downs along the way.
He is a high-class performer, of that there is no doubt, but he has always been tricky and his losing run is now mounting up.
But this course and distance is absolutely made for him; he should have won this race last year when beaten a short-head and he was only half a length in arrears when third in 2017.
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This Grade 1-winning eight-year-old gets first-time cheekpieces following his cracking third in the Summer Mile last time, and I get the feeling David O’Meara has been saving the headgear for this contest.
He goes on any ground, so the threat of showers isn’t a problem, “the enforcer” Adam Kirby gets the leg over and this isn’t the strongest of renewals.
In the concluding fillies handicap, it’s worth giving LAYALEENA (5.15 Goodwood) another chance for Sir Michael Stoute.
She absolutely hosed up at Nottingham two starts back, and the form was given a huge boost last week when the third swooped to win a Listed race in good style at Ascot.
She never figured in the 27-runner Sandringham at Royal Ascot, but she isn’t the first horse to get lost in a massive field over the straight mile there and she won’t be the last.
Tuesday's each-way fancies
- Suedois – 3.00 Goodwood (Click here to see the best prices and place your bet)
- Layaleena – 5.15 Goodwood (Click here to see the best prices and place your bet)
This is a more realistic assignment for this well-bred daughter of Sea The Stars, whose uncle Danceteria claimed Group 1 honours in Germany over the weekend.
She is clearly held in high regard (Stoute ran her in the Fillies’ Mile after just two starts last year, an unusual move for him) and if Jim Crowley can get her handy and rolling along I think she has a massive chance off a mark of 91.
She is a beautiful mover, so the only concern would be a torrential downpour. Fingers crossed the showers miss the track.