A great day of sport at Glorious Goodwood with the 32 Red -Stewards’ Cup taking center stage among the 4 Televised Races. We’ve asked Will Lattimore to spin readers through his selections.
2.05 (6f Handicap Class 2), an ultra-competitive contest to start the day off, there is so many with an equal chance, however the Richard Fahey-trained EL VIENTO has caught my eye a couple of times this season and gets my vote in this wide-open event.
The six-year-old gelding was a big eye-catcher for me at York, where he did best of those who were drawn on the wrong-side and it`s worth mentioning he didn`t get a clear passage when making he his move, but flew home to finish a fast finishing sixth of 18 over five furlongs. He has been creeping down the weights of late and looks well-handicapped off a mark of 86 when you add-in George Chaloner`s 3lb claim (won off 91 last August). His price of 18/1,16/1 looks generous and is worth an e/way punt.
2.40 (1m4f Handicap Class 2), punters have certainly got behind the Sir Michael Stoute-trained Kings Fete but 2/1 looks too short now.
The one I like at a price is the Ed Dunlop-trained OASIS FANTASY. This three-year-old colt is starting to find his stride and knowing what this sport is all about. Earlier in the season he looked very green, slow and took an age to respond to his rider`s urgings even though he won over C/D on his third-start.
He was stepped-up in class at Ascot last timeout and although he was beaten fair and square into second I thought it was a big improvement regards to his attitude as a race horse and looks to be going the right-way. The form of that race has worked out quite well and is worth some interest with Ryan Moore booked for the ride.
3.15 (1m2f Group 1 Nassau Stakes), only seven declared for this valuable prize and I thought it would be easy enough to narrow it down to a solid selection, but 10f trip could be a bit on the short-side for the likes of Venus De Milo and Sultania and with that in mind my vote goes to MANGO DIVA.
This will be her first Group 1 but to be honest it doesn`t look the strongest of renewal`s and should be competitive in what looks an open event. She battle well to win the Group 2 Kilboy Stakes at the Curragh last time and I got the impression she can go on from there like she did last season at this time of year where she improved to win at Salisbury and Gowran.
There is no obvious front-runner in the field but you will expect Venus De Milo to take them along and Mango Diva has a quicker turn of pace and that could prove vital in the closing stages.
3.50 (6f Steward`s Cup Handicap), a fantastic renewal for this ultra-competitive sprint handicap and all eyes will be on Muthmir who won in scintillating fashion at York last weekend but every horse has their price and 9/2 is a bit short for me and I rather look for a bit of value.
My pin has landed on the Richard Hannon-trained NINJAGO who is very capable on his day and 4x the price at 16/1. He finished fifth of 27 in this race last year, which I thought was a tremendous effort for a three-year-old and was possibly given too much to do. He is a hold-up performer and you always need a bit of luck racing that way but if the gaps come at the right time he is sure to be finishing fast.
He ran a blinder on his seasonal debut finishing third to Goldream at Newmarket back in May that form ties-in well with Muthmir who beat Goldream at York but my selection is much better off at the weights if you take that result on face value.
A wide-open affair but at the prices Ninjago gets my vote.