Saturday Horse Racing Preview & Tips – 1st August – Seymour Biz

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We have nine races to look forward to on ITV this Saturday at Goodwood and Newmarket but I find the programming of the racing at the Sussex track very strange indeed.

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They have five races being televised on Friday consisting of four stakes and a handicap whereas they have just the opposite on Saturday with four handicaps and one stakes race. I shouldn’t really complain as with six of the nine televised races being handicaps it gives me plenty of choice to try and find some value for this week’s Lucky Fifteen, it just seems a strange way in which the cards are produced.

Following on from that Saturday afternoon at Goodwood needs a Group 1, the Nassau Stakes was always run on a Saturday but it has been moved to Thursday, I implore the stewards to bring it back where it belongs and finish off a great week with a great race, the Stewards Cup is not really enough especially as the course will have 5000 racegoers in attendance for the first time since lockdown. Meanwhile here are my thoughts for the best of this week’s handicaps.

Goodwood E/W Lucky Fifteen

  • 1.50 Treacherous
  • 2.25. Laafy
  • 3.35 Lexington Dash
  • 4.10 Mister Snowdon

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Goodwood’s Saturday card begins at 1.50 with the Unibet Stewards Sprint Handicap which is a consolation race for those horses that didn’t get in to Stewards Cup itself. Up at the top of the weights is Is Jamie Osborne’s Dream Today who has been busy since wintering in Dubai. His best recent run was at Windsor last month when he ran a good third to Chairmanoftheboard, in his latest run at Bath he was finishing well so the extra half furlong may help but he has a lot of weight. Similarly with Charles Hills‘s Rewaayat who although he has won his last two this is a major step up in class and to see him carry 9st7lb to victory is a big ask. Highly Sprung won first time out this season for trainer, Les Eyre, a fine win at Newmarket but he usually saves his best for Pontefract. Treacherous looks on a handy mark after several wins on the all-weather for his trainer Ed De Giles and has converted to turf well, winning twice here at Goodwood and most recently at Haydock. He is moving up in class but is a battler and can go well here.

At 2.25 it is the Unibet Summer Handicap at 1m 6f over the undulations of the Sussex Downs. Mark Johnson’s King’s Advice has top weight here and he has been a course and distance winner on a couple of occasions including this race last season. He was a prolific winner last year but seems to have gone off the boil this season, in his latest outing he was beaten 33 lengths at Newmarket by Cape Coast so I think he is best avoided. Another course and distance winner is Amanda Perrett’s Platitude but that was two years ago and he has failed to get his head in front since but he was second last time so is showing improvement. Down at the bottom of the weights is Richard Hannon’s Mordred who won on the all-weather at Lingfield in his first race after lockdown in June since then he has run second on three occasions latterly in a Class4 at York but he may have to settle for a place again. I like the look of Sir Michael Stoute’s Laafy who came out for his first run of the year in June at Newbury and won comfortably. He went on from that to run at Haydock but was just run out of it by a hot handicapper, Deja, he will not meet anything of that class here and should have enough in the locker to take this.

The big race of the day is the Unibet Stewards Cup at 3.35, a 6f sprint, and there is a hot-pot favourite for this from William Haggas’s yard, Nahaarr. He romped away with a classy handicap at Newbury a fortnight ago beating Watan and Classy Echo who he meets here but he gets a 7lb penalty for that victory so may not get things all his own way here. Summerghand has top weight and David O’Meara’s gelding won well on his penultimate outing at Pontefract then went against the big boys in a Group race at Newbury and could finish only sixth, he drops back to handicap company but may struggle under top weight. Hey Jonesy won the Wokingham for Kevin Ryan who says he hopes his stable star will cope with Goodwood but he has risen in the weights since that win and I will pass him over this time. 3-year-olds have a good record recently in this race winning three out of the last five runnings and I have my eye on Lexington Dash. Richard Hannon’s colt is a dual winner already since lockdown and ran a good race in a classy contest last time at the beginning of the month, he found himself short of room that day but if he stays out of trouble he may well prevail here. At a big price Mr Lupton who is a Group winner can force himself into contention, his trainer Richard Fahey is very astute, and his chance in the Wokingham was gone in the first two furlongs when he was outpaced, he can easily make the frame.

Finally we have the Qatar Handicap at 4.10 and I like the look of Mister Snowdon in this 7 furlong contest. Richard Hughes’s grey won at Yarmouth in early June and was then stepped up to Group company at Royal Ascot where he finished down the field. In his latest outing, again at Yarmouth, he was just held after being carried right at the start. He can improve on that here. Society Lion trained by Sir Michael Stoute is the bookies favourite but although he was a winner as a 2-year-old he has failed to get his head in front on his two outings this season and the form does not look that good. Cold Front from William Haggas’s yard finally won his maiden at Haydock at the fourth attempt last time and this is his first start in handicap company so I do not expect him to get the better of Mister Snowdon.

Goodwood E/W Lucky Fifteen

  • 1.50 Treacherous
  • 2.25. Laafy
  • 3.35 Lexington Dash
  • 4.10 Mister Snowdon

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