Goodwood – Stewards Cup Day

Two winners on the blog yesterday with the super smart J WONDER winning at 7-1 and PETHERS MOON AT 11-10. The final day brings us the Group One Nassau Stakes and the Stewards Cup. This will be my last blog for a while as I'm off on my holidays tomorrow, a week stay over in Dorchester in the caravan, then onwards over la manche to France and Brittany for a few weeks. The first time we've taken the van abroad, exciting times ahead! Yet the French can wait, on to the important matter of horses and winning some holiday coin off the old foe. Here are my selections :
 
MUTHMIR 1550 GOODWOOD (nap) – (unplaced = -£5.00) William Haggas was on fire last week, everything he saddled seem to go in. None were more impresssive than this fella who trounced the field in the Skybet Dash at York. I really fancied GOLDREAM that day and this one was the only one to beat it. He's officially 2 lbs well in under his penalty and that must be a tip in itself after last week. Should run a huge race.
 
CONFESSIONAL 1405 GOODWOOD (nb) – (unplaced = -£5.00) is just starting to hit some form again after a dry period. Interestingly he has a very good record at the track and was second in this three years ago and came fourth in a Group 2 here also. His last run behind KIMBERELLA is pretty decent form and his mark remains unchanged, he is currently 2 lbs below his last winning mark and is overdue. Today could be his day in a race that will suit his style.
 
TWEETY PIE 1810 DONCASTER (treble) – (unplaced = -£5.00) this horse is a blog favourite after winning at 66-1 to one for me last year and he has been running well of late. His second last week at York let me down for a big payout but this step back up in trip and his current form are big pluses, the trainer is starting to find a bit of form too.
 
JAMBOREE GIRL 1740 DONCASTER – (2nd – 8-1 = £5.00) the ground is key to this horse and he ran really well when second at Haydock behind HANNAH'S TURN. He has been dropped a pound in the ratings since a poor run behind WAR SPIRIT at Haydock, however the ground was soft that day. With quicker ground today he should hopefully run a better race and I'm hopeful he will win!
 
My Dad's selections are :
TATLISU 1405 GOODWOOD (3rd – 11-2 = £3.43)
ENLACE 1455 NEWMARKET (2nd – 13-8 = £1.01)
OASIS FANTASY 1440 GOODWOOD (unplaced = -£5.00)
MUTHMIR 1550 GOODWOOD (unplaced = -£5.00)
 
STANDINGS
FATHER 10 – 14 SON
 
FATHER = +£37.11
SON = +£200.27
 
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Goodwood Day 4

Another damp squib yesterday with no winners. Goodwood is as competitive as ever and while I'm not having much luck I'm really enjoying the spectacle, bar one thing : Gok Wan! Why do Channel 4 and the BBC for that matter feel the need to waste time on fashion! Who gives a shit! Everyone is there for the day out, to watch these fine beasts and to hopefully have a winner or two, not decide whether its a Fendi or Armani outfit. Please do one! Why cant we have more pieces from the superb Alastair on the history of Goodwood and its races for pity's sake. Anyway on to the horses, lets hope these fair better today.
 
KINGSGATE NATIVE 1540 GOODWOOD (nap) – what a servant is guy has been! He won is race back in 2009 off a mark 4lbs higher than today. He was a narrow second last time to EXTORTIONIST in the Coral Charge at Sandown. The winner got 5lbs off him that day, today its only 3lbs and that little difference is all it takes at times. He will love the ground and has course form, and is a big price in my opinion – get on!
 
J WONDER 1650 GOODWOOD (nb) – what a cracking race this is! My girl ran a beauty for the blog when she rompted in in the Fred Darling Stakes at Newbury. I've always thought she was a good one and has bags of speed, she beat the likes of JOYEUSE comfortably that day. Two stints in Group 1 company over a mile in the French 1000 Guineas and the Coronation Cup were steps too far. This return to 7f and Group 3 company will get the best out of her.
 
SHIFTING POWER 1430 GOODWOOD (treble) – was undefeated and highly touted going into the 2000 Guineas and finished a creditable 4th to NIGHT OF THUNDER. He was then the closest to KINGMAN when he trounced the field in the Irish 2000 Guineas, a third in the Prix Jean Prat has followed, again run on softer ground. The return to quicker ground will help as will the drop in class to Group 3. Massive chance.
 
PETHERS MOON 1355 GOODWOOD – has been running consistently well all year. Second to both GOSPEL CHOIR and GATEWOOD and he is only 2 lbs higher for those runs today. Arguably his best performance based on yesterday, was his second to CAVALRYMAN in the Prince of Wales Stakes at Newmarket. A repeat of that run should finally see him get a deserved head in front.
 
CAPO ROSSO 1505 GOODWOOD – won 3 on the bounce earlier in the season beating the likes of GWORN and BOLD PREDICTION with game front running performances. The last two runs have been disappointing and the handicapper may have his mark. However, I think this fast, undulating track will eek out more improvement in him and I hope to see him kick on from the turn as they may not get to him.