We’re finishing off our Glorious Goodwood tips for this year’s Sussex festival with seven expert picks for the closing card on day five.
The Group Two Lillie Langtry Stakes is Saturday’s feature event, while the Stewards’ Cup is always a huge betting heat for punters to get stuck into.
1.20 JUST FRANK
Won at Thirsk and Newmarket on an easy surface last autumn and is knocking on the door again following placed efforts at Chester and Doncaster.
1.55 ROYAL SCIMITAR
Was rated a touch unfortunate to be only fourth of 17 at Newmarket earlier this month, when leading home a group of 12 on his side after being backed at big odds that day.
2.30 URBAN ARTIST
Has been performing with credit in Group and Listed company, so should feel the benefit of a move back in quality for the Summer Handicap.
Was a winner at this track off a mark of 80 back in August and the fact she is now on a perch of 99 speaks volumes for her progression.
3.05 WONDERFUL TONIGHT
David Menuisier’s charge was declared for last week’s King George at Ascot, but with the forecast rain failing to arrive in time, she missed out on a Group One date.
Ascot’s loss is certainly Goodwood’s gain as the Le Havre filly is a real class act and gets a confident vote in the Lillie Langtry Stakes.
Her effortless victory in the Hardwicke Stakes at the Royal meeting, where she accounted for Broome – who went on to take the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud – is eye-catching form.
The four-year-old enjoyed a golden autumn in 2020, winning both the Prix de Royallieu and the Fillies & Mares Stakes on Champions Day, and she is clearly at the same kind of level this term judged on that Ascot run.
Stepping back up to a mile and six furlongs – the same trip as the Royallieu – is no issue for Wonderful Tonight, while any further rain would be a huge plus.
3.40 HURRICANE IVOR (nap)
Now with William Haggas after spending his first two seasons in France, the four-year-old has made rapid strides from an initially disappointing effort at York in May to appearing to win in what was a controversial dead-heat at Sandown.
Hurricane Ivor looked to have finished clearly in front in one image at the Esher track, but due to some technical issues it was officially declared a tie.
Haggas turned him out at Ascot a week later and Hurricane Ivor again ran with credit, beaten a short-head by Significantly after racing on the unfavoured side of the track.
He was four lengths clear of the rest of his group that day, a result which has resulted in the handicapper boosting his rating by 4lb to 103.
However, due to the timing of that run, Hurricane Ivor can line up off a mark of 100 in the Stewards’ Cup, putting him 3lb well in with few concerns about moving back up to six furlongs or the prospect of any ease in the ground.
4.10 TARTAN CHIEF
Showed the benefit of a debut third at Haydock when chasing home impressive Salisbury scorer Like A Lion and is backed to make it third time lucky in our Glorious Goodwood tips.
4.45 FANTASY BELIEVER
Was an unlucky second at this course on soft ground last summer after being slowly away and returns to a similar grade here following some tough assignments of late.
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