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ITV Racing Tips – Previews & Selections for All EIGHT Races on Stewards’ Cup Day

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The ITV cameras are at Goodwood and Newmarket on Saturday as the main channel plays host to EIGHT live televised races including the ultra-competitive Stewards’ Cup, generally considered one of the biggest betting races of the year. In anticipation of a top day’s action, our Racing Editor has produced previews and selections for all of the racing which you can check out below, along with an exclusive Unibet offer that provides up to £40 money back as a bonus, if your first racing bet loses.

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CLASSIC – 1:05 Goodwood (British European Breeders Fund EBF Maiden Stakes) 5/6

Favourite backers can get off to a winning start on the Stewards’ Cup card thanks to CLASSIC in the opening 7f maiden.

This Derby entry cost 260,000 guineas as a yearling, with him the seventh foal out of a Listed winner, his half-sister a Group 3 winner in Ireland for Jessica Harrington.

Backed into 7/2 for a Newbury novice on his debut fifteen days ago, Classic was a big eyecatcher finishing a close-up fourth without his rider having to get anywhere near serious with him. He is entitled to have learnt plenty for that initial showing, and that race was clocked in a good time compared with the second division run just over half an hour later.

The RPR of 90 recorded there is the best anyone in this line-up has managed, and with the promise of even more to come, this appears to provide Classic with a good opportunity to get off the mark.

British European Breeders Fund EBF Maiden Stakes (Colts & Geldings) (IRE Incentive Race)

LETHAL LEVI – 1:40 Goodwood (Coral Stewards’ Sprint Handicap) 13/8

You don’t often see horses in the Stewards’ Cup consolation race as short as 7/4 but in the case of LETHAL LEVI everything points towards him being a great deal better than these rivals, and he’s taken to justify the support and continue his excellent run of form.

Karl Burke’s 3yo has now finished in the first four in all 16 starts, winning four of his last seven, making all to land competitive Class 2 handicaps on Newmarket’s July course the last twice.

He’s 9lb well in here on his revised rating of 100, and once again has the assistance of in-form claimer Pierre-Louis Jamin in the saddle. as well as a 3yo allowance to boot. Most of these rivals have some form of a question to answer, and therefore given Lethal Levi arrives at the top of his game and with the potential of even better still to come, he’s impossible to oppose.

Coral Stewards’ Sprint Handicap (Consolation race for The Stewards’ Cup)

IMMORTAL BEAUTY – 1:55 Newmarket (British Stallion Studs EBF Fillies’ Nursery Handicap) 7/2

A tricky fillies’ nursery here and there’s no shock that Fox Degree heads the betting having bolted up at Ffos Las last time out. She shouldn’t have any issues with going up to 6f, but with Frankie Dettori now taking over from 3lb claimer Laura Pearson, she’s essentially 9lb higher in the weights.

Preference instead goes to nursery debutante IMMORTAL BEAUTY, who cost a pretty penny at 130,000 guineas as a yearling.

She ran well to finish third on debut in what is often an informative Ascot maiden, before completely blowing her race at Nottingham, kicking out in the stalls, hanging right throughout and proving virtually unrideable.

She proved that showing to be all wrong when a fast-finishing second at Ffos Las last time, form worth upgrading as she was just a little short of room when making her challenge and ultimately only just failed to get up.

That experience won’t be lost on Immortal Beauty and there’s clearly a horse in there if she can learn to settle better in the early part of her races. This opening mark of 78 looks workable, and Rossa Ryan, who’s had plenty of experience riding tricky juveniles thanks to his partnership with Amo Racing, looks a good jockey booking.

British Stallion Studs EBF Fillies’ Nursery Handicap

RED FLYER – 2:10 Goodwood (Coral Summer Handicap) 12/1

There’s every chance that we’re yet to see the best of Trawlerman, a horse still clearly holding the potential to be better than a mark of 97 looking at his peak form (sixth in a vintage renewal of the Classic Trial last season).

He’s plenty short enough for a horse with two duck eggs to his name, however, and one runner that, not for the first time, appears to have been overlooked in the market for this contest is RED FLYER.

This gelding has excelled since joining the John Best & Karen Jewell yard, winning three of his seven starts, holding off the challenge of the reopossing Bague D’Or at Newmarket in May.

Red Flyer has backed the run up since with a fourth in a 1m4f handicap here, where his rider kicked him for home far too soon, and then a 100/1 July Festival second, where just a short head off Soapy Stevens.

He meets that rival on a pound better terms here and remains open to improvement over this 1m6f trip. Hayley Turner keeps the partnership intact, and if she can keep hold of Red Flyer to capitalise on his finishing kick, he looks the value play in this field.

Coral Summer Handicap

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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.

STAR FORTRESS – 2:25 Newmarket (British Stallion Studs EBF Chalice Stakes) 7/2

Rose Of Kildare faired well over course and distance last time and if back to anywhere near her best she’d be too strong for these rivals. This won’t be easy conceding 11lb to the 3yos, however, who’ve managed to land five of the last seven renewals of this event, and from that age group this year, STAR FORTRESS can be chanced to land the spoils.

This daughter of Sea The Stars runs in the famous Gunther silks and she stepped forward on a promising Windsor debut, when second to the classy Gosden colt Special Envoy (front two over 7l clear of the remainder), to land a Chelmsford novice last time.

The front pair once again put daylight between themselves and the rest of the field that day, so the performance can be upgraded, and the way that she finished off her race over the 1m2f suggests that she’s going to benefit greatly from this stiffer test over 1m4f.

British Stallion Studs EBF Chalice Stakes (Listed Race)

SEA LA ROSA – 2:45 Goodwood (Qatar Lillie Langtry Stakes) 13/8

Sunderland Holding’s SEA LA ROSA was incredibly progressive at 3, and she carried her form through to her 4yo campaign when landing the Group 3 Pinnacle Stakes at Haydock in May.

She probably bettered that showing in defeat when runner-up in the Lancashire Oaks last time, only finding the Gosden’s Free Wind, who is more than likely a Group 1 filly, too strong.

Sea La Rosa isn’t a horse that does a whole amount in front, so being left in the lead at Haydock wouldn’t have been ideal, and if jockey Tom Marquand can deliver his challenge slightly later here then a return to winning ways looks likely.

Emily Dickinson looks fairly limited and Yesyes is making her first start since October, so the main threat to the selection could come from Jessica Harrington’s Forbearance, who has been shaping as though slowly coming back to form recently.

Qatar Lillie Langtry Stakes (Group 2) (Fillies & Mares)

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REGIONAL – 3:20 Goodwood (Coral Stewards’ Cup) 7/1

The Stewards’ Cup is often considered one of the toughest betting puzzles to solve, but this year’s renewal appears to provide REGIONAL with an excellent opportunity to land a major pot.

Edward Bethell’s charge has proven a bargain buy at just 3,500 guineas out of Richard Fahey’s yard, producing form figures of 1324262 for this stable.

Regional finished an excellent second in the valuable Dukhan Sprint earlier this year, just finding Taxiwala, who has seen finished a close sixth in Group 1 company, too strong.

On return to Britain Regional found himself challenging from a disadvantageous track position when sixth at Epsom on Derby Day, actually looking as though he might be coming through to win half a furlong out before a group of runners on his outside swept by.

Dropping back to 5f wasn’t to Regional’s benefit at Doncaster subsequently, finding himself outpaced before staying on powerfully for second. Going back up to 6f can only benefit on that evidence, and he gets in here 3lb well in on his revised mark. The booking of Ryan Moore suggests that connections are confident of a bold showing from Regional, and whilst he lacks the big-field handicap experience of most of these, he makes up for that with the potential for improvement in a field where there’s plenty to know about the remainder.

Last year’s third Great Ambassador is 11lb higher here but with the quicker ground in his favour looks set for another bold showing, he rates the main threat to the selection.

Coral Stewards’ Cup (Heritage Handicap)

GALIAC – 3:55 Goodwood (Medallia Handicap) 6/1

The terrestrial action concludes with a competitive 7f handicap in which it might pay to take on the likes of Spirit Of Nguru and Positive Impact at the head of affairs, horses who’ve gone up in the weights for narrow defeats.

Preference goes to GALIAC, who’s been ultra-consistent in four starts this season, producing form figures of 1431 which includes a victory over this course and distance.

William Muir & Chris Grassick’s charge wasn’t far off the potential pattern-class Golden Voice at Sandown last time, a run which can be upgraded as he was badly hampered when just beginning his challenge and did well in the circumstances.

If getting a clearer run here in a race which has the potential to suit one coming from off the pace, Galiac can regain the winning thread.

Medallia Handicap

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ITV Racing Tips (Saturday, July 30)

CLASSIC – 1:05 Goodwood (British European Breeders Fund EBF Maiden Stakes) 5/6

LETHAL LEVI – 1:40 Goodwood (Coral Stewards’ Sprint Handicap) 13/8

IMMORTAL BEAUTY – 1:55 Newmarket (British Stallion Studs EBF Fillies’ Nursery Handicap) 7/2

RED FLYER – 2:10 Goodwood (Coral Summer Handicap) 12/1

STAR FORTRESS – 2:25 Newmarket (British Stallion Studs EBF Chalice Stakes) 7/2

SEA LA ROSA – 2:45 Goodwood (Qatar Lillie Langtry Stakes) 13/8

REGIONAL – 3:20 Goodwood (Coral Stewards’ Cup) 7/1

GALIAC – 3:55 Goodwood (Medallia Handicap) 6/1

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