SETTLE down to watch FIRST SITTING in the Unibet Handicap. He’s twice won Listed races at this track from just three visits to this tricky track.
The last of them came just over a year ago and he’s now really well weighted after kicking off this season with a couple of poor efforts. His latest effort late last month was much more like it.
He was fourth behind Setting Sail in a Newmarket race that has worked out really well but that doesn’t tell the whole story. The winner was prominent throughout and those tactics are often favoured on the July Course.
First Sitting was much further back and he caught the eye when staying on nicely. A wide draw might not appear ideal but it’s not a big disadvantage over this trip.
Setting Sail has an obvious chance but he is 11lbs worse off with my fancy. The Godolphin hope backed up his Newmarket win by finishing second in the John Smith’s Cup at York despite racing from the widest stall. There’s every chance he will be better than a handicapper.
Jazeel was ninth in that same York contest having earlier held off Beringer by a short-head at Sandown. There shouldn’t be much between the pair again but Beringer wouldn’t want much rain.
Soto Sizzler likes this track. He came with a strong, late run to strike at this meeting 12 months ago. Like his brace of Epsom wins this term, that victory came over 1m4f and he is sure to find this shorter trip too sharp for him.
Bless Him – winner of the Britannia at Royal Ascot in 2017 – is nicely treated on his best form. He’ll need plenty of luck to pull off his usual hold-up tactics and his stamina is not guaranteed for this trip.
IT should be wise to Pin your colours to the Godolphin blue in the Qatar Vintage Stakes. PINATUBO has developed into one of the season’s top juveniles.
After an impressive debut on Wolverhampton’s all-weather track, he had little trouble taking the Woodcote at Epsom on Oaks day.
Those wins were decent enough but he took his form to a whole new level when storming more than three lengths clear of Lope Y Fernandez in the Chesham at Royal Ascot. Charlie Appleby’s youngster sets a clear standard.
Visinari is the big danger. He looked a top prospect when taking apart a decent-looking field at Newmarket in June. The decision to stick to 6f back fired when he returned at the July Meeting.
His close third behind Royal Lytham and Platinum Star in the July Stakes was a solid effort but there’s no doubt he’ll be much better over today’s extra furlong.
That has to bring Platinum Star into the equation but I’m far from convinced he will improve for the step up to 7f. It certainly won’t be as much as Visinari.
Aidan O’Brien has won this a couple of times in the last five years but it’s hard to see where Lope Y Fernandez is going to find the necessary improvement to turn around the Chesham form with Pinatubo. His debut win didn’t work out particularly well and he will probably come into his own over further.
Unbeaten Mystery Power is more of a threat. He was successful on his debut at Haydock before putting in a quality performance in the Superlative Stakes at Newmarket. That might not have been the strongest Group 2 but there’s no doubting his potential.
Templegate's Goodwood tips
- 1.50 Goodwood – FIRST SITTING (NAP) (Bet now)
- 2.25 Goodwood – Pinatubo (treble) (Bet now)
- 3.00 Goodwood – Hey Gaman (nb) (Bet now)
- 3.35 Goodwood – Stradivarius (Bet now)
- 4.10 Goodwood – Written Broadcast (Bet now)
- 4.45 Goodwood – Muthmir (Bet now)
- 5.15 Goodwood – Warning Fire (Bet now)
MAKE Hey in the Qatar Lennox Stakes. HEY GAMAN only just came up short behind last year’s Irish 2000 Guineas winner Romanised in a Curragh Group 2 last time.
That run was every bit as good as his two earlier wins at Leicester and Longchamp and there’s no doubt he’s an improved horse this season.
With the early pace unlikely to be strong he should be in a decent position to strike down the straight under Frankie Dettori.
I was tempted to risk Pretty Baby. She bombed out when fancied for the Duke Of Cambridge Stakes at Royal Ascot but that was over a mile on soft ground. It was just too bad to be true and the wisest conclusion to draw is surely that her stamina wasn’t up to the job.
Before Ascot she had the profile of a progressive filly. She won the Oak Tree Stakes at this meeting last year and she kicked off this season with another Group 3 win at Lingfield. Taking on the colts won’t be easy but she should be in the right place when the race gets serious.
The possible lack of early pace is what puts me off Zaaki. He has the strongest form having just failed to peg back Beat The Bank in Ascot’s Group 2 Summer Mile.
His two earlier wins also came over further than today’s 7f trip and I just don’t think this will play to his strengths as he likes to come from off the pace. Last year’s winner Sir Dancealot and Jersey Stakes hero Space Traveller face the same problem.
Breton Rock caused a monster 50-1 shock in this race in 2017 and he was only beaten a neck by Sir Dancealot and Suedois 12 months ago. He’s getting on a bit but it wouldn’t be wise to think he can’t be competitive.
STRADIVARIUS can’t be stopped on his charge to staying greatness in the Qatar Goodwood Cup. John Gosden’s ace has picked up more cups than a pot washer in a Yorkshire tearoom over the last couple of years.
He’s going for a hat-trick of wins in this race and arrives on the back of a second Gold Cup victory at Royal Ascot.
That defeat of Dee Ex Bee and Cross Counter came on unsuitably soft ground but he still had far too many guns. Nothing seems to bother him and an eighth straight win to add to his haul including two Yorkshire Cups, a Lonsdale Cup and the British Champions Long Distance Cup looks on the cards.
Cross Counter beat Dee Ex Bee in the Gordon Stakes at this meeting last year before going on to become the first British-trained winner of the Melbourne Cup in Australia. His Gold Cup fourth was his first run since returning from Dubai so he could easily get closer today.
Dee Ex Bee has improved a whole lot since stepping up to 2m this season. He still has potential as a stayer and his uncomplicated manner of racing means he is likely to be hard to kick out of the frame.
Wells Farhh Go has a fair bit to find just to hit the places but he’s always looked likely to thrive when upped in distance. This race couldn’t come much hotter but I expect Tim Easterby’s northern raider to go well.
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TUNE into WRITTEN BROADCAST in this maiden. He made his debut against more experienced youngsters at Doncaster but he certainly wasn’t disgraced.
It was no surprise to see him take a fair step forward for that run when touched off at Newbury in what I’m sure will turn out to be a decent novice contest. He clearly sets the standard.
Cobra Eye ran well when runner-up on his debut at Haydock. The winner has the edge of experience on him that day and, while the form has been largely untested, it should throw up a few winners.
Lost In Time looked pretty clueless in the early stages when a distance second of four runners at Chelmsford. It’s hard to know what to make of that form as the betting suggested it was a two-horse race but he is sure to now much more about what’s required this time.
Phuket Power is bred to be quick and Fuwuyrit is another interesting newcomer with trainer Mark Johnston snapping up the services of Ryan Moore.
GO into battle with an old soldier in the Chelsea Barracks Handicap. MUTHMIR isn’t the most reliable but he has a cracking chance dropped into this grade for the first time for more than five years.
That gives him an edge in class but he will have to be in the right mood. The return to Goodwood makes that fairly likely as he’s got a decent record at this track.
He won the Group 2 King George Stakes over course and distance at this meeting four years ago and he still had enough spark to finish third behind top speedster Battaash in that same race 12 months ago. His handicap form this term hasn’t been bad.
William Haggas’ hope was only beaten a length when fifth in the Dash at Epsom on Derby day and he wasn’t disgraced from an unhelpful draw at Ascot a couple of weeks ago. I’m pretty sure he’s still up to this sort of job.
Maygold has a lot going for her. She struck at Salisbury last month in the manner of an improving filly. The weather forecast would have to be correct as she does seem at her best on easy ground but, if it is, she would have sound claims.
Scottish Sprint Cup winner Saaheq has more races in him but Green Power is likely to find this a bit on the sharp side.
A Momentofmadness was touched off in this race in 2017 but he was well beaten last year. He’s dropped to a nice weight but that’s only because he’s been badly out of form this season.
WARNING FIRE should hit the target in the Unibet Fillies’ Handicap. She has hit form since stepping up to 7f this season.
After wins at Haydock and Doncaster she was sent up in trip again to a mile and she was always holding on at Redcar last week. When progressive fillies trained by Mark Johnston start improving like her there’s no telling where they will end up.
Three-year-olds have a fine record in this race and it usually pays to be in the lowest five boxes so stall four is another positive.
Clara Peeters is drawn just inside my fancy. She was runner-up in a good course-and-distance handicap on her return to action in May and she bounced back from a below-par display on the all-weather when successful at Newmarket a month ago.
A 2lbs rise won’t stop her but her low draw might not be a good thing as she likes to come from off the pace and she’ll have to pick her way through the pack.
Maid For Life makes her turf debut having shown good form on the all-weather. Those with good form on the sand often take to Goodwood and Charlie Fellowes’ hope will be suited by today’s extra furlong.
Al Messila is another three-year-old with a progressive profile but she’s not fared as well with the draw. Nkosikazi and Dance Diva are best of the older fillies.
2.05 Lord Of The Alps
3.50 Ginger Jam
4.20 Seductive Moment
5.30 Bollin Ted
1.50 First Sitting (nap)
2.25 Pinatubo (treble)
3.00 Hey Gaman (nb)
4.10 Written Broadcast
5.15 Warning Fire
5.45 Purple King
6.15 Tonto’s Spirit
7.25 El Terremoto
8.00 Putting Green
6.40 Present Chief
7.15 Blue N Yellow
7.50 Henrietta Bell
8.20 Noah And The Ark
8.50 Miss Zip
1.40 Miss Liberty Belle
2.15 Commit No Nuisance
2.50 Maroon Bells
4.30 Just Later
5.05 Dr Doro