Glorious Goodwood Preview 2018 – July 31st to August 4th
Last updated: July 29, 2018 by Leon Marshal
Glorious Goodwood 2018 gets under way on Tuesday 31st July, the first of five days of top class racing action. The Goodwood Festival attracts many of the best horses from last month’s Royal Ascot meeting and takes place against the stunning backdrop of the Sussex Downs.
Highlights of Glorious Goodwood 2017
Day one of last year’s Goodwood meeting saw Stradivarius deny Big Orange a hat-trick of wins in the Goodwood Cup. The winner confirmed his status as one of Europe’s leading stayers with victory in the Ascot Gold Cup this season. Expert Eye leapt into the 2000 Guineas picture with a stunning victory in the Qatar Vintage Stakes and Breton Rock produced a 50-1 shock in the Group 2 Lennox Stakes.
Heavy rain led to a depleted field for the Group 1 Sussex Stakes on day two as Here Comes When defeated odds-on favourite Ribchester. Havana Grey won the Molecomb Stakes and Mark Johnston saddled a double through Londinium (9-1) and Threading (12-1).
The highlight of the third day was the victory of Aidan O’Brien’s Winter in the Nassau Stakes. Barraquero won the Richmond Stakes while Billesdon Brook won the closing nursery handicap for Richard Hannon. The latter became the longest priced winner in the history of the 1000 Guineas when scoring at 66-1 in May.
Ryan Moore won the first three races on day four aboard Poet’s Word (7-4), Beat The Bank (7-4) and Master The World (6-1). The day’s feature event was the Group 2 King George Stakes with victory going to top sprinter Battaash.
Frankie Dettori was centre stage on the final day after winning the featured Stewards’ Cup on 25-1 outsider Lancelot Du Lac. Crystal Ocean won the Gordon Stakes and Dee Ex Bee won the maiden race. The latter went on to finish second in this year’s Derby behind Masar.
Glorious Goodwood 2018 Preview and Betting Tips
The Goodwood Cup dominates the opening day again this year as Stradivarius bids to follow up last year’s victory. He lost a shoe when battling to success in the Ascot Gold Cup but remains on course for a £1million bonus. He had previously won the Yorkshire Cup and now needs the Goodwood Cup and the Lonsdale Cup to claim the Weatherbys Hamilton Stayers’ Million bonus. With Ascot runner-up Vazirabid being rested for an Autumn campaign, the dangers are Torcedor and Order of St George.
The big race on Wednesday is the Group 1 Sussex Stakes. John Gosden has the favourite again here in St James’s Palace Stakes winner Without Parole. The unbeaten son of Frankel took a big step up in class to repel Gustav Klimt and Wootton at Royal Ascot. The third horse did not have the best of runs that day and looks over-priced at 14-1 to gain his revenge. The race is also set to feature brilliant Jersey Stakes winner Expert Eye. The one-time 2000 Guineas favourite is being supplemented at the cost of £70,000. A fast pace and seven furlongs proved ideal for the headstrong colt at Royal Ascot but it remains to be seen whether he will be as tractable over a mile.
Thursday’s feature race is the Group 1 Nassau Stakes over a mile and a quarter. William Haggas will still be on cloud nine after Sea of Class won the Irish Oaks last weekend. He relies on Pretty Polly Stakes winner Urban Fox who defeated Epsom Oaks winner Forever Together. With the runner-up having run a fine race in the Irish Oaks, the form looks solid. Aidan O’Brien will shuffle his pack to try to deny Haggas another big prize but the big danger could be Charlie Appleby’s Wild Illusion. She was runner-up in the Oaks and the Ribblesdale Stakes and this could be her trip.
Battaash can repeat last year’s victory in the King George Stakes on Friday. He was always doing too much in front at Royal Ascot when collared in the closing stages by Blue Point. He had been sweating and on his toes in the paddock and the occasion may have got to him. I expect him to be ridden with a little more restraint at Goodwood.
Saturday’s Stewards’ Cup could see a rematch between Wokingham Stakes first and second, Bacchus and Dreamfield. John Gosden’s lightly-raced four-year-old was backed off the boards at Royal Ascot but was just caught in the closing stages. Gosden let him take his chance in the Group 1 July Cup next time where he finished a creditable sixth behind US Navy Flag. He will be 1lb better off with Bacchus who has since finished fourth in the Group 3 Hackwood Stakes at Newbury.
Tuesday 31st July – 3.00 Stradivarius @8-11
Wednesday 1st August – 3.35 Wootton (each-way) @14-1
Thursday 2nd August – 3.35 Wild Illusion @7-1
Friday 3rd August –3.35 Battaash @6-4
Saturday 4th August – 3.40 Dreamfield @8-1
*Latest prices courtesy of Bet365
Goodwood Festival 2018 TV Coverage
Glorious Goodwood 2018 will be televised on ITV with the first four races shown live each day.