GLORIOUS Goodwood bursts into life on Tuesday, with the £500,000 Goodwood Cup the feature race of the day.
There are some superb supporting races, too, and we have got you covered with a race-by-race preview and top tips.
Race 1 – 1.50 Unibet Handicap
A fiercely competitive handicap to kick things off.
JOHNNY DRAMA was well-fancied for the King George V Handicap at Royal Ascot for Ger Lyons.
He didn’t get home over 1m4f that day, but he had been progressing nicely prior to that flop so he is worth another chance back in trip for his new yard with Silvestre De Sousa in the saddle.
The lightly-raced Setting Sail was just touched off in the John Smith’s Cup at York and if he can reproduce that sort of performance he will be bang there.
Jazeel fought off Beringer to win a thriller at Sandown earlier this month, and that talented pair should be firmly in the mix.
Aquarium demands respect for the in-form Mark Johnston, while the consistent Lunar Jet will appreciate the return to 1m2f.
SELECTION: Johnny Drama
WATCH OUT FOR: Setting Sail
Race 2 – 2.25 Qatar Vintage Stakes (Group 2)
What a superb renewal of this race.
PINATUBO was electrifying in the Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot, shattering the two-year-old course record when sprinting clear of Lope Y Fernandez under James Doyle.
It was an incredible performance and he looks a colt right out of the top drawer. He gets the nod, but this is by no means a straightforward task.
Visinari broke the clock and displayed a gigantic stride when winning on debut and lost little in defeat when third in the July Stakes at Newmarket last time.
He should relish the step up to 7f and poses a significant threat to the selection with Frankie Dettori in the plate.
Mystery Power is top-rated in the field following his taking Superlative Stakes success, where he pulled clear with another promising type, but he will do very well to concede a penalty to some high-class rivals.
Lope Y Fernandez was well-backed in the Chesham, though he was forced to eat Pinatubo’s dust in the closing stages. But there should still be improvement to come from Aidan O’Brien’s charge after just two starts.
Platinum Star was just ahead of Visinari at Newmarket so he shouldn’t be underestimated, while impressive Salisbury winner Positive and the hat-trick seeking Milltown Star add further depth to a vintage Vintage.
WATCH OUT FOR: Visinari
Race 3 – 3.00 Qatar Lennox Stakes (Group 2)
With a shade more luck, SUEDOIS could well have won the last two renewals of this valuable race.
He was just touched off in a thrilling finish by Sir Dancealot 12 months ago and he has held his form well since.
He gets first-time cheekpieces today and this C&D is absolutely tailor-made for this Grade 1-winning eight-year-old.
Hey Gaman turns out quickly following a game front-running second in the Minstrel Stakes in Ireland.
If they let Dettori have a freebie up top he could prove difficult to peg back.
Space Traveller caused an upset in the Jersey Stakes and is a big contender in receipt of weight, for all he needs to prove that effort wasn’t a fluke.
Speak In Colours tackles 7f for the first time but he isn’t ruled out, while Flaming Spear has an each-way squeak, for all the Golden Mile later in the week was a more obvious target.
Zaaki has improved this season but the drop back to 7f at this sharp track isn’t sure to suit.
WATCH OUT FOR: Hey Gaman
Race 4 – 3.35 Qatar Goodwood Cup Stakes (Group 1)
I’ve given this race plenty of thought over the last couple of days and have come to the conclusion that CROSS COUNTER has what it takes to lower the colours of Stradivarius.
The Melbourne Cup hero was ridden very conservatively in the 2m4f Gold Cup at Ascot last time, and in the end his stamina did give way in the closing stages as he finished back in fourth.
But the drop back to this sharp 2m should see him close the gap significantly on the reigning champ; he stays this trip strongly but had the speed to win a Gordon Stakes over 1m4f at this fixture last summer (thrashing Dee Ex Bee).
There’s no denying Stradivarius, a wonderful stayer who last tasted defeat in October 2017, will prove a very tough nut to crack, but if it is ever going to happen it will be under these conditions.
Dee Ex Bee will run his usual solid race but the front two in the betting have more natural pace than Mark Johnston’s charge.
Southern France will appreciate this step up in trip and could hit the frame, while Wells Farhh Go remains a horse of serious potential and is a live one at a big price.
SELECTION: Cross Counter
WATCH OUT FOR: Stradivarius
Race 5 – 4.10 European Breeders Fund EBF Maiden Stakes
COBRA EYE shaped with a good deal of promise when second on debut at Haydock last time.
He will have learnt plenty for the experience and is fancied to open his account at the second attempt under Frankie Dettori.
Written Broadcast was just touched off at Newbury 10 days ago and his turn is near.
Lost In Time and Good Job Power are others to consider closely, while Fuwayrit is the most interesting newcomer and is worth a market check.
SELECTION: Cobra Eye
WATCH OUT FOR: Fuwayrit
Race 6 – 4.45 Chelsea Barracks Handicap
Plenty in with a chance in this wide-open sprint.
DARK SHOT put a blip behind him when run a screamer for second in Listed company at York last time out.
He wasn’t beaten far in the Steward’s Cup consolation race here last year and he arrives in better form this time around.
The classy Muthmir isn’t the force of old, but he loves it here (won the King George) and he is on a very dangerous mark.
Speedball A Momentofmadness is another who has slipped to a good rating and he should give a bold sight.
The progressive Maygold and recent Epsom winner Count Otto are also worth a place on the shortlist.
SELECTION: Dark Shot
WATCH OUT FOR: Muthmir
Race 7 – 5.15 Unibet Fillies’ Handicap
Hat-trick seeker WARNING FIRE gets the nod in this red-hot fillies handicap.
Mark Johnston’s three-year-old has shown a terrific attitude in winning at Doncaster and Redcar the last twice.
She is on an upward curve and is preferred to Salayel, who was a shade unfortunate at Newmarket on her seasonal reappearance.
Nkosikazi was nutted in the final strides at the same track last time and is another to consider, along with the upwardly mobile Clara Peeters.
SELECTION: Warning Fire
WATCH OUT FOR: Salayel