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Glorious Goodwood Tips – Through the Card Selections on Day 2

Glorious Goodwood began with a bang on Tuesday and Wednesday’s fantastic card centres around the Group 1 Sussex Stakes. In anticipation of a top day’s racing, our Racing Editor has produced previews and selections for all SEVEN races on day two of the meeting. Check this out below, alongside an exclusive Paddy Power offer, which provides £40 in Free Bets when you place a £10 bet on horse racing.

INVERNESS – (1:50 Goodwood, Coral Beaten-By-A-Length Free Bet Handicap) 16/1

Royal Ascot winner Secret State took a strong renewal of the King George V; second has gone in at Group 3 level, and although up 7lb he warrants respect. Soulcombe and Box To Box will be popular, but they’ve been doing their winning at a lower level than this, and in smaller fields, so this demands a step up.

Preference goes to INVERNESS, who appears to have been a little overlooked in the market.

This colt showed a liking for Goodwood when taking a future stayers maiden at the track in September, really motoring home in the final furlong to get up by a neck from Educator, who has won both starts since.

Inverness hasn’t added to his tally in three starts this season, but he ran in what has turned out to be a very strong renewal of the Listed Epsom Derby Trial on reappearance (only beaten 5l) and was better than the bare result (10th) in the King George V subsequently, making his challenge very wide.

Inverness was once again trapped wide at Ascot last time, and hung to his right, yet came through to hold every chance before his effort petered out a furlong from home.

Getting more cover will be to Inverness’s benefit here, and if they do go hard expect him to be staying on strongly at the business end.

13.50 Coral Beaten-By-A-Length Free Bet Handicap

BENEFIT – (2:25 Goodwood, Whispering Angel Oak Tree Stakes) 10/1

Quite an open renewal of this Group 3 and Oscula is interesting back over her favoured 7f trip having gone close over a mile at Ascot on Saturday.

The vote, however, goes to BENEFIT, who hasn’t had many opportunities compared with most of these rivals and has showcased some smart form this season.

Clive Cox’s filly bumped into the smart pair of Sense Of Duty and Flotus at Haydock in May and she built on that showing to claim a Listed contest at Salisbury in June.

Whilst it would ordinarily be a slight concern that she’s out in stall 14 here, Benefit needs to be ridden ice cold and therefore she was always likely to be dropped out in rear. The race failed to set up for Benefit when sixth in York’s Group 3 Summer Stakes last time, but Goodwood does look like a track which will suit her style of racing better, and Ryan Moore has been snapped up for the ride.

Benefit is back over 7f for just the second time today, a trip that connections felt she’d appreciate last season, and a mark of 104 puts her bang there on these terms. Whilst it could be watching from behind the TV stuff given her extreme hold-up tactics, if the gaps do appear, this should be an excellent opportunity for Benefit to return to winning ways.

14.25 Whispering Angel Oak Tree Stakes (Group 3) (Fillies & Mares)

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One of the most popular tracks in the country, Goodwood hosts numerous top-class races during the summer. The summer fixture, known as Glorious Goodwood, features five days of top-class action including the Group 1 Sussex Stakes amongst a clutch of pattern races and top-quality handicaps. The track is undulating and favours horses that race close to the pace, particularly on the round course as the field are racing around a gradual bend for much of the contest.

ROCKET RODNEY – (3:00 Goodwood, Markel Molecomb Stakes) 10/11

The best bet on the second day of the Glorious Goodwood festival comes in the Group 3 Molecomb Stakes, where ROCKET RODNEY looks the one that they all have to beat.

This speedy gelding was only beaten a neck in the Windsor Castle at Royal Ascot last month and that form reads very well with the winner Little Big Bear bolting up on his next start and the fourth taking a Listed contest subsequently.

Rocket Rodney did his bit for the form when claiming the Listed Dragon Stakes at Sandown earlier this month, travelling through his race with ease and pulling clear for a two-and-a-half length success. Already a winner here at Goodwood, and versatile in regards race tactics, it’s a little surprising that Rocket Rodney is not odds-on for this assignment and he gets a confident vote here.

15.00 Markel Molecomb Stakes (Group 3) (IRE Incentive Race)

BAAEED – (3:35 Goodwood, Qatar Sussex Stakes) 1/6

No prizes for originality here but it’s difficult to see anything getting close to BAAEED in the Sussex Stakes now his main market rival Coroebus misses the contest.

An unblemished 8-8 record includes four consecutive Group 1s and he showed a liking for Goodwood when hacking up in a Group 3 at this meeting 12 months ago.

He has already accounted for the likes of Alcohol Free and Order Of Australia this season, but Modern Games is a new opponent and might chase the selection home back over his optimum trip of a mile. Chindit is an admirable sort but just tends to find this level a bit beyond him.

15.35 Qatar Sussex Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series)
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NATASHA – (4:10 Goodwood, European Breeders Fund EBF Fillies’ Handicap) 9/2

Sea Speedwell looks worth opposing at the top of the market here, having appeared to have been saving a bit for herself when runner-up at Leicester just under a fortnight ago, and a possible beneficiary of some headgear.

NATASHA gets the verdict for the powerful Gosden, Dettori and Strawbridge axis.

This filly is certainly bred to better than a 94-rated handicapper, being a half-sister to French Derby winner Almanzor.

She had looked progressive at 2 before bombing out in the Group 1 Prix Marcel Boussac, where the heavy ground was a possible excuse.

Making her 3yo/handicap debut at Newmarket twelve days ago, Natasha caught the eye with her third-place finish, only giving best late on under 5lb claimer Benoit De La Sayette and sensibly not given an overly hard time once her chance had gone.

Natasha is entitled to strip fitter for that outing, and it’s obviously notable that Dettori is back in the saddle here. She can maintain the good recent record of 3yos in this contest by landing the spoils on Wednesday afternoon.

16.10 European Breeders Fund EBF Fillies’ Handicap

THE PLATINUM QUEEN – (4:45 Goodwood, British EBF Alice Keppel Fillies’ Conditions Stakes) 6/5

It may have been a case of too much too soon for All The Time in the Queen Mary, as she had impressed when landing a Nottingham maiden on debut. It’d be no shock to see her prove that showing to be all wrong with a big effort here, but even so, she faces a formidable rival in THE PLATINUM QUEEN.

Richard Fahey’s filly bounced back from her own down-the-field Queen Mary run to land a valuable York novice earlier this month, accounting for odds-on favourite Yahsat, who had Listed form to her name at that track.

The Platinum Queen looked like a pattern-level operator when landing that contest, yet connections appear to have provided her with a good opportunity in this conditions event, where she has upwards of 13lb in hand on these terms. It would be disappointing therefore if she could not oblige.

16.45 British EBF Alice Keppel Fillies’ Conditions Stakes (GBB Race) (IRE Incentive Race)

DANCE FEVER – (5:20 Goodwood, World Pool Handicap) 12/1

The Attorney is interesting here on the back of his Bunbury Cup fifth, for all that he remains 7lb above his last winning mark. Wild Lion looked a difficult ride at Leicester last time and is best watched on the back of that, whilst Stockpyle – half-brother to Saturday’s big-race winner Pyledriver – needs more up 8lb for taking a pair of weak handicaps.

Mums Tipple is certainly capable off of this rating, but he’s now twelve without a win, and preference at the prices instead goes to DANCE FEVER.

This 5yo was badly disadvantaged by his track position in a pair of ultra-competitive 7f Ascot handicaps earlier this year, yet he was better when second at Doncaster last time, bumping into a potential above-average sort in Hebrides.

That was the first time that Dance Fever had been seen in a Class 3 0-95 handicap since he scored at Leicester last July, where he had The Attorney beat in third. Considering that he’s now 21lb better off with that rival, he looks good value to confirm the form, and he ran well on his only previous visit to Goodwood, finishing well for a 2l fourth off a mark 6lb higher than the one that he races off today.

17.20 World Pool Handicap
3rd 11/1

Glorious Goodwood Day 1 Tips

INVERNESS – (1:50 Goodwood, Coral Beaten-By-A-Length Free Bet Handicap) 16/1

BENEFIT – (2:25 Goodwood, Whispering Angel Oak Tree Stakes) 10/1

ROCKET RODNEY – (3:00 Goodwood, Markel Molecomb Stakes) 10/11

BAAEED – (3:35 Goodwood, Qatar Sussex Stakes) 1/6

NATASHA – (4:10 Goodwood, European Breeders Fund EBF Fillies’ Handicap) 9/2

THE PLATINUM QUEEN – (4:45 Goodwood, British EBF Alice Keppel Fillies’ Conditions Stakes) 6/5

DANCE FEVER – (5:20 Goodwood, World Pool Handicap) 12/1