Glorious Goodwood Day One

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So I thought it was time to end my blog sabatical and go again with the awesome summer spectacle – Goodwood. Although based on the ground we may get quite a few withdrawals and races not being as competitive, we will have to wait and see. A certain Mr Johnston has hit form right before his favourite week so he should be worth a follow. I will try and get a blog up for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, although I'm off on my jollies on Thursday. I'm sure we're in for a cracking few days anyway. As I'm sure you are aware I am part of a fantastic syndicate that own a few horses now, Teamchoochoo. We're currently seeking to expand the syndicate and have some very nice horses at really competitive prices. Please check out our website for more information, or contact me via Twitter. The website is www.teamchoochoo.co.uk
 
So on to my selections :
 
VOICE OF A LEADER 1400 GOODWOOD
I've watched this fella twice this year and was expecting better of him but he has just not quite got competitive. He was in with a shout at York but was then eased and interestingly the handicapper has left him on a mark of OR97, suggesting he thinks he's still got a bit of class. He was quite eye catching in the race before this staying on well behind MAHSOOB and I think this quicker track will help him in the final furlong or two. I'm also interesting in how BURANO runs off a feather weight, and Amanda Perrett is one to watch at this meeting. A cracking race with FIRE FIGHTING bidding to go out from the front no doubt but giving his nearest rival 8lbs could be just too much. FORGOTTEN HERO won well at HQ a few runs ago and caught the eye staying on again in the same race at York. Spencer who loves a hold up horse could come late on him.
 
STRONG CHALLENGE 1435 GOODWOOD
This is a cracking race and you could opt for a few of these. It's a shame AIR VICE MARSHAL is out as it would be a fascinating renewal between him and BIRCHWOOD. The latter ran well last time but has a blot on softer ground and that may be what catches him out this time. My selection won well on the course and the extra furlong should help bring out more improvement. The second in his last race has since gone out and won three times, the last being a Group 2 in France. It's interesting therefore that the same ownership send GALILEO GOLD here too, having won an ordinary race last time. Both him and IBN MALIK could be real improvers.
 
TOORMORE 1510 GOODWOOD (nap)
I found it interesting that Godolphin bought this one and despite a disappointing show behind SOLOW he still retains some ability despite him not getting his nose infront for over two years, and that was beating THE GREY GATSBY. The ground should be ok for him and in this lesser company he must have a cracking chance, it looks like the race may cut up a bit too with the withdrawal of LIMATO AND GLORY AWAITS. ASCRIPTION ran well last time behind CABLE BAY and AEOLUS was impressive too but they've both been hiked in the ratings and will need to improve again to win this whereas my boy shouldn't.
 
NOTARISED 1545 GOODWOOD
This fella was a great winner for me the other week in the Old Newton Cup staying on gamely to beat his stablemate WATERSMEEET and despite his 7lnbs rise in the weights he should have more to come. The extra two furlongs on this track should help him to motor on a bit to, rather than struggle up a finish. BATTERSEA was favourite that day and didnt show and I cant see any reason to reverse the form but I do think top weight ASTRONEREUS is the main danger. His defeat of DASHING STAR at York was impressive and he could go in again.
 
PERFECT MUSE 1620 GOODWOOD
I really fancied this fella in the Epsom Dash but he never go in it depsite going off favourite. He is 3lbs lower today off a mark of OR86, only a pound higher than when a good second at Pontefract on soft ground. Which leads me to think the cut in the ground will really help his chances tomorrow and with Hanagan on board I like him even more..
 
GOODWOOD ZODIAC 1655 GOODWOOD
A whole host of chances here and I'm opting for this one due to him handling Epsom rather well last time. That should help his chances here.
 
IFWECAN 1730 GOODWOOD
Another Johnston horse for me. He has carried a big weight like this before over the distance and run well and will appreciate a bit of cut or if the ground dries a little. He's a game horse and will kick on from a way out and he may be hard to peg back, he's got quite an appealing mark too.
 
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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
 

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.
 

Glorious Goodwood Day Three

A blank was drawn yesterday other than a place for George Rooke. Kingman was impressive again and what a turn of foot he showed, accelerating faster than the mighty Frankel. The future of breeding for Juddmonte and Khalid Abdullah looks very bright with Frankel and now Kingman in the ranks. I'm pretty sure he won't run next year. Lets look forward to seeing him possibly a couple more times and then we wait for his progeny. On to today, good luck if you're having a flutter and I'll hopefully fair better than yesterday.
 
BROWN PANTHER 1510 GOODWOOD (nap) – I love this fella and the drop back to 2m will certainly help his cause. The ground is possibly a little firm and that may cause him a few concerns but I still think the form of his recent runs is the strongest on offer. ESTIMATE is a damn good horse but I think this shorter trip with suit my selection better. I hope the Panther wins too as it willbe nice to remember his mother who passed away this week. Hopeful of another big run from this lovely horse. I hope he runs as there are doubts until the trainer walks the track.
 
PUPIL 1405 GOODWOOD (nb) – the run last time behind the smart SEA DEFENCE was a much better performance and I'm hoping that that run was a reflection of his true ability and what is to come. He's stayed on the same mark for that run which is still 4lbs lower than his highest rating. This is a tougher race but I think there is much.more to come from this fella and the booking of James Doyle is a positive too. I always try and base my selections on form and previous runs and this guy comes her on the back of a cracker.
 
TALENT 1545 GOODWOOD (treble) – this girl was well named, but as of yet this year she hasn't really lived up to her exploits as a 3 year old. While the ground may not be the best for her I'm hoping this specialist track, with similar undulations to Epsom will help bring some balance to her. She motored at Epsom and she maybe needs an adverse camber to straighten her out. Hughesie is back on board too – I hope she runs to her capabilities today.
 
MAGNUS MAXIMUS 1650 GOODWOOD – won a decent race in April beating the likes of TOOFI and NAADIRR and was raised a massive 16lbs form – an indication of what the handicapper thought. He was next seen in the hugely competitive Brittania Stakes at Royal Ascot and never landed a blow. He's only been dropped a pound for that – again showing the handicapper thoughts of him. Despite being overlooked by Hughes today he's still one of the best rated in the field and has to have a cracking chance at a big price.
 

Glorious Goodwood Day 2

Not a bad first day on the blog with ES QUE LOVE obliging at 7-1. I was really pleased for the horse as he has ran so consistently in top races this year and now has a Group 2 to his name. On twitter I also put up Cheworee each way in the last and he came second at 25-1. On to Day 2 and hopefully a little bit more profit. I'm out all day though with my dad and the kids at the seaside, so results only!
 
LIEUTENANT MILLER 1350 (nap) – ran well last time at Ascot off the back of a decent season last year. He was second in this last year and third in the Ceasarewitch. He should run a big race and the ground should suit and the booking of Ryan Moore is a real plus. Should run a big race.
 
OBSERVATIONAL 1430 (nb) – battled well here earlier in the season on rained softened ground and its that positive attitude that makes me opt for him in this. The step up in class is a question mark but he looks a smart proposition. The ground is being watered so it shouldn't be too quick for him.
 
DR NO 1540 (treble) – wasn't too far off the pace in the Coventry behind the The Wow Signal and had Kodi Bear just infront of him. The form of that race is working out and I reckon he will take this over the other Hannon runner.
 
GEORGE ROOKE 1720 – has been runnnig consistently well and is only a pound higher than a previous winning mark. The trainer has sent it a fair way and the booking of Moore again is a real eye catcher.
 

Glorious Goodwood Day One

The start of the Glorious Goodwood festival. It always makes me feel summer has really arrived when it comes around. Mark Johnston uses it as a diary favourite. His string always seem to do well here, and I always seem to back his horse that lose! Lets hope its a good week, loads of Group races but some cracking handicaps too.
 
NICEOFYOUTOTELLME 1355 GOODWOOD (nap) (unplaced) this guy has some smart form in the book. His success at Newmarket in May is pretty strong. He won the9 furlong contest that day and had FARRAAJ back in fourth over fourth lengths behind. He has been raised 7lbs for it yet after FARRAAJ's exploits that horse is 19lbs higher in the ratings. Surely more to come. Charles Camoin I hoped would win at Ascot on Friday but the weather put pay to that. STORMACHION has 2 wins at this and looks progressive. I'm not sure SEA SHANTY will stay.
 
LESHA 1650 GOODWOOD (nb) – (unplaced) has improved a boat load this year and couldnt quite go with them the last time. Previous to that ran well and won a shade cosily at Haydock in a decent race against VOYAGEOFDISCOVERY. Taking on older horse here but has to have a chance of running well again.
 
ES QUE LOVE 1505 GOODWOOD (treble) – (WON – 7-1) he has been running very well in some smart races. I have always thougt he was better over further and this step up to 7 furlongs will help him I reckon. He was unlucky last time against MUSIC MASTER and has had good runs behind MAAREK and HAMZA earlier in the season. TOORMORE is the obvious danger but I reckon he'll struggle.
 
BIG THUNDER 1540 GOODWOOD – (unplaced) the Northumberland Plate was too far and too competitive for his seasonal return. This drop back to 14 f on good ground will suit better and he was very progressive last year. The Prescott yard is going much better too. Hopeful of a big run but fearful of REPEATER returning to form with Ryan Moore back on board.
 

Glorious Goodwood Saturday

Not much look yesterday! Only MONTIRIDGE winning and a place for CAPE PERON. On to an even more difficult Saturday fixture with some cracking handicaps. I really love this big fields and trying to solve the problem, hopefully have picked a few today. Good luck if you're having a bet.
 
TROJAN ROCKET 1715 NEWMARKET (nap) – this boy needs to step up again but judging on his last run behind Baby Strange at Newcastle he can do. He was unlucky that day as didn't get the gap when needed. Mlikael Barzalona has a cracking record on him and I think he has a great chance today.
 
VALBCHEK 1720 DONCASTER (nb) – he was very smart last term at times and has some solid form to bring to the table. He is back from a long break but they have been waiting for the ground to be easier. Massive chance today.
 
BABY STRANGE 1405 GOODWOOD (treble) – has been raised 6lbs for his success at Newcastle. However, he is one to follow when in form and he has a cracking record in this, taking it in 2008 and he flew home at the finish last year, really good each way chance.
 
BLAINE 1550 GOODWOOD – is thrown in to his first handicap and is a huge price. He won the Gimcrack at York in a stella start to his career, he has since been disappointing, but class is class and he could be better than these, and interestingly is entered in another Group 1 later on. Great each way value too. I've fought with my heartstrings and decided to leave WHOZTHECAT alone in this. He's ran incredibly well this year but it's maye asking too much for him towin this from the front under a penalty. I kind of hope I'm wrong though!
 
JUST THE JUDGE 1515 GOODWOOD – she ran really well I thought from a difficult stall at the Royal meeting and she should relish this step up in trip. I think she will reverse the form with Sky Lantern today, whom I'm not sure will stay.
 
ELIDOR 1440 GOODWOOD – has been raised 5lbs since his last victory and the form of that race has been franked by CAP O'RUSHES and Bold Sniper since, great chance to take this too.
 
LANCELOT DU LAC 1420 NEWMARKET – this is an easier race than he's been running well in and he looked a smart proposition when winning first time out. The yard is bang in form and he should win this.
 
NO POPPY 1615 THIRSK – quickly becoming a cliff horse, but she has been well tried this year and I firmly believe she's a decent horse. She's even better with a bit of give and I'm hoping the thunderstorms and showers have got into the ground for her!
 
BLOG STATS :

Naps 42/197 = 21.3%
Wins 172/986 = 17.4%
Placed 260/986 = 26.4%

Win and Placed = 44%

@Tweet_Naps overall record. Click the link. All Time Profit/Loss currently +£50.83

Glorious Goodwood Saturday

Not much look yesterday! Only MONTIRIDGE winning and a place for CAPE PERON. On to an even more difficult Saturday fixture with some cracking handicaps. I really love this big fields and trying to solve the problem, hopefully have picked a few today. Good luck if you're having a bet.
 
TROJAN ROCKET 1715 NEWMARKET (nap) – (unplaced) this boy needs to step up again but judging on his last run behind Baby Strange at Newcastle he can do. He was unlucky that day as didn't get the gap when needed. Mlikael Barzalona has a cracking record on him and I think he has a great chance today.
 
VALBCHEK 1720 DONCASTER (nb) – (2nd – 8-1) he was very smart last term at times and has some solid form to bring to the table. He is back from a long break but they have been waiting for the ground to be easier. Massive chance today.
 
BABY STRANGE 1405 GOODWOOD (treble) – (unplaced) has been raised 6lbs for his success at Newcastle. However, he is one to follow when in form and he has a cracking record in this, taking it in 2008 and he flew home at the finish last year, really good each way chance.
 
BLAINE 1550 GOODWOOD – (unplaced) is thrown in to his first handicap and is a huge price. He won the Gimcrack at York in a stella start to his career, he has since been disappointing, but class is class and he could be better than these, and interestingly is entered in another Group 1 later on. Great each way value too. I've fought with my heartstrings and decided to leave WHOZTHECAT alone in this. He's ran incredibly well this year but it's maye asking too much for him towin this from the front under a penalty. I kind of hope I'm wrong though!
 
JUST THE JUDGE 1515 GOODWOOD – (unplaced) she ran really well I thought from a difficult stall at the Royal meeting and she should relish this step up in trip. I think she will reverse the form with Sky Lantern today, whom I'm not sure will stay.
 
ELIDOR 1440 GOODWOOD – (unplaced) has been raised 5lbs since his last victory and the form of that race has been franked by CAP O'RUSHES and Bold Sniper since, great chance to take this too.
 
LANCELOT DU LAC 1420 NEWMARKET – (unplaced) this is an easier race than he's been running well in and he looked a smart proposition when winning first time out. The yard is bang in form and he should win this.
 
NO POPPY 1615 THIRSK – (unplaced) quickly becoming a cliff horse, but she has been well tried this year and I firmly believe she's a decent horse. She's even better with a bit of give and I'm hoping the thunderstorms and showers have got into the ground for her!
 
BLOG STATS :

Naps 42/198 = 21.2%
Wins 172/994 = 17.3%
Placed 261/994 = 26.3%

Win and Placed = 43.3%

@Tweet_Naps overall record. Click the link. All Time Profit/Loss currently +£50.83

Glorious Goodwood Day 4

Brown Panther ensured Day 3 was a good one for me with success in the Goodwood Cup. I was pretty sure the extra disance would suit and he proved me right, he could now turn into a serious cup horse. The nap AUSSIE REIGNS also ran a belter taking a dead heat for second at a huge 25-1. Let's hope Friday is better still.
 
KINGSGATE NATIVE 1515 GOODWOOD (nap) – he has been a much better horse this year and after a disappointing run at the Royal meeting he ran well in defeat to Tickled Pink last time. He's got a 4lb penalty to contend with but on his day would make mincemeat of these. More importantly for me he has course form too, winning this in 2009 and he also has a place to his name. His is back to his very best and I'm hopeful of another big run.
 
CAPE PERON 1445 GOODWOOD (nb) – he was and has been very impressive so far, no more so than when waltzing away with victory at Doncaster. He ran well in the Britannia, but that is a race that takes some winning. I think he is a better horse than this level and must have more to come, the slightly easier ground should help too.
 
MASTERSTROKE 1355 GOODWOOD (treble) – any horse bringing an Arc third into any race demands respect. This is a group 3 and on paper he should trounce this lot. The only negative to me is that it is his seasonal debut, but class is class.
 
MONTIRIDGE 1430 GOODWOOD – this fella has improved in every run and followed up an unlucky second in the Jersey Stakes with a Listed win last time. Another to add to the list of Hannon/Hughes winners this week
 
NARGYS 1650 GOODWOOD – this horse is a quandry. She was heading towards one of the favourites in the 1000 Guineas before he flop in her trial race. She then ran an absolte cracker at Royal Ascot and was flying at the end, then we had Sandown and poor again. I really think she is a class filly and think the galloping track will suit her, she could show her true colours at last!
 
Also I have a couple of eyecatchers elsewhere on the day. I put MAYOMAN 1950 MUSSELBURGH in my book after a good run at Newcastle last time. He has run against some top horses in his past is back down to a winning mark. I also like CLASSICAL DIVA 1530 THIRSK – she's a half sister to Mayoman and was pitched in at the deepend for her handicap debut, this is a more suitable challenge and she could bounce back.
 
BLOG STATS :

Naps 42/196 = 21.4%
Wins 171/979 = 17.5%
Placed 259/979 = 26.5%

Win and Placed = 44%

@Tweet_Naps overall record. Click the link. All Time Profit/Loss currently +£51.83

Glorious Goodwood Day 3

The revenge on the downs was the result of yesterday with Richard Hughes giving Toronado a peach of a ride. With that winner, I also had places for Excess Knowledge, who was very unlucky, and looks a good St Leger prospect. I also had a place with Parbold, who took an age to get going! On to today and my nap is the repeat of Tuesday, with the better ground after a drying out spell, I hope he runs today!
 
AUSSIE REIGNS 1415 GOODWOOD (nap) – (3rd – 25-1) this horse has been running so consistently this year over a mile. He ran very flat last time and I'm willing to discount that. He has won here before at last year's festival and whilst this is a step up on previous victories I think he has a race like this in him. The extra distance is interesting, and to see him entered so soon after a withdrawal makes me think he's ready to go in.

JALLOTA 1445 GOODWOOD (nb) – (unplaced) is ultra consistent and deserves a race like this. He has pretty decent form and a reproduction of his third in the July Stakes will see him go close here.

BROWN PANTHER 1515 GOODWOOD (treble) – (WON 13-2) I love is horse and he ran really well to take his return race at Pontefract. He should really enjoy the extended trip and has the speed to burn his rivals off in the closing stages.


BLOG STATS :

Naps 42/196 = 21.4%
Wins 171/979 = 17.5%
Placed 259/979 = 26.5%

Win and Placed = 44%

@Tweet_Naps overall record. Click the link. All Time Profit/Loss currently +£51.83