1.50pm – Unibet 3 Boosts A Day Goodwood Handicap (2m4f)

Just Hubert won this race last year off a 1lb higher mark than he is today and is about a 10/1 chance to repeat the feat. A neck behind in second was Rochester House, who is also back for more today off a 1lb lower rating, yet is a much bigger price. He’s gone off the boil recently, but it’s not uncharacteristic of him to do that – he was beaten miles in two starts before winning at Ascot at the back end of last year. The same happened in January where he was beaten 46 lengths before finishing third next time. The lack of recent form doesn’t bother me, but he handles the track and is on a winnable mark.

Bet
Rochester House – 0.5pts Each Way (16/1 – 1/5 odds, 6 places)

2.25pm – Bonhams Thoroughbred Stakes (Group 3) (1m)

There’s no other way of putting it, Baaeed looks like a monster. He’s won all three starts without breaking sweat, with the latest coming at the expense of Maximal, who was only beaten a length more in a Group 1 the time before. Baaeed already has a rating of 119 and it would be a surprise if anything in here could trouble him.

But what is appealing from a betting perspective is that there are 8 runners, meaning 3 places are paid for each way bets. Third highest rated in the field, I think Tactical is being slightly overlooked. His form in beating Naval Crown at Newmarket in April is good, and he certainly hasn’t been disgraced in defeats since. Shaping as though 6f was now too short for him at Newbury, he ran on encouragingly into third having looked well beaten. Then at Ascot he was drawn on the wrong part of the track against the bias, so I can forgive that and even then it wasn’t a bad run in seventh. He’s definitely worth a go at a mile now and I don’t see why the track should be an issue, he’s quite nimble.

Bet
Tactical – 0.5pts Each Way (16/1 – 1/5 odds, 3 places)

3.00pm – Unibet Golden Mile Handicap (1m)

Magical Morning (drawn 11) will likely be popular for Frankie Dettori, but 9 of the last 10 winners of this have come out of a single figure stall, and 3 of the last 4 have come out of stall 3. The horse filling that berth this time around is Path Of Thunder, who looks all over the winner to me. He’s carrying a 3lb penalty following a romp at Newmarket, which makes him 5lb well-in so if this was being run next week, he’d be carrying 5lb more weight. The blinkers worked the oracle last time and are back on today, he’s clearly progressing and is ideally placed. There’s not much more that could be going for him!

Bet
Path Of Thunder – 1pt Win (4/1)

3.35pm – King George Qatar Stakes (Group 2) (5f)

I’m not sure why Battaash isn’t odds on. He’s won this race 4 years on the bounce, on soft ground and on fast ground, the race just suits him perfectly. Not winning at Ascot was a shame, but he was up with what was quite frankly a stupidly fast early pace, the fact he was the only one to stay up there and come fourth is testament to how much better he is than the other horses. Winter Power doesn’t line up so the pace pressure shouldn’t be like Ascot and even if it is, I’d expect Crowley to wait longer. Either way, I think we’ll see the real Battaash.

Dragon Symbol is the one the market thinks could upset the odds and even though he’s finished runner up in Group 1’s the past twice, he’s yet to win a Group race. To beat Battaash is tough, let alone on this track over 5f, which I would imagine will be plenty fast enough for Dragon Symbol.

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Bet
Battaash – 3pts Win (6/4)

4.10pm – L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate Glorious Stakes (Group 3) (1m4)

I’m not sure Mogul will get a better opportunity to get back into the winners enclosure. He may not have always shown it, but he is a Group 1 horse, having won twice at the top table and his rating of 117 backs that up. Euchen Glen is an admirable horse, but he hasn’t beaten anything of Mogul’s ability this season and will surely find life tough here under a penalty. Passion And Glory is an interesting contender, having won very comfortably twice this season, albeit at a lower level over shorter. He comes into this as a bit of an unknown, but he’d have to take another substantial leap forward again. Mogul is the best horse in this contest by a considerable margin and won over the course and distance last year, if he performs anything near like we know he can, he should be winning this convincingly.

Bet
Mogul – 2pts Win (11/4)

4.45pm – Nursery Handicap (6f)

Tom Dascombe has his first runners at this years festival today, and his one in here has a very appealing profile. Ever Given has won two of his three starts – comfortably on debut and then more workmanlike at Chester last time over 7f. He’s 5lbs higher than for that Chester win but I certainly wouldn’t consider a drop down to 6f a negative as he had enough speed to win easily at the distance on debut. His Pontefract form when 5th is also very strong, with the winner, Angel Bleu, winning a Group 2 here on Tuesday, Lusail (3rd) winning at the same level and Khunan (2nd) finishing second in the Richmond on Thursday. Ever Given was three wide at Pontefract that day and around that bend is not a good place to be, so it’s understandable that he weakened.

Bet
Ever Given – 1pt Win (7/1)

5.20pm – Tatler Handicap (1m3f)

This is a tricky race to assess, so I’m taking a chance that Gary Moore has got Champagne Piaff ready to go first time out. His juvenile form is what makes me think he could be thrown in on handicap debut off a mark of 83. Fourth on debut behind La Barrosa, Derab and Greatgadian, who are all significantly better than that rating. He then beat Fundamental, who is rated 104. I can forgive his effort on dreadful ground in a Group 3 at the end of last season and I’d imagine he probably wasn’t ready for that test at that stage of his career. Gary Moore wouldn’t be one for having precocious two year olds so I’d expect Champagne Piaff to be better than what he’s shown so far.

Bet
Champagne Piaff – 0.5pts Each Way (12/1 – 1/5 odds, 5 places)