It's day one of the Goodwood May Festival and we're hoping to take some money off the bookmakers with this trio of fancied runners.
I can’t say Goodwood has been particularly lucky for me, but I do like the look of the following three horses on day one of the May Festival at the Sussex track.
First up the Height Of Fashion Stakes (due off 4.25pm) which looks a good starting point for Luck Cumani’s LADY OF DUBAI to get her three-year-old campaign off to a winning start. A smart juvenile who progressed in maidens, culminating in a close second to the smart Irish Cookie at Newmarket, she looks the type to do even better over middle distances this term, with plenty of stamina on her dam’s side.
She’s still in the Oaks (50/1 with BetVictor) and may be worth a small each-way bet at that price, but I’d much rather back her to win today at the 3/1 on offer (9/4 in a place). That’s made bigger by the presence of John Gosden’s Jellicle Ball, bet365’s even money favourite, who was heavily in season when flopping in the Guineas and should do better here. However, the selection may well improve past her.
The handicaps are trickier as you’d expect, but Mark Johnston’s RESONANT is a strong fancy for the 1m1f contest (3.50pm) after destroying his Newmarket rivals over this trip seven days ago. With some big stables represented in behind, the form looks strong and he’s well in here under a 6lb penalty with a further 8lb rise due in the future. It often pays to follow the stable’s handicappers when they hit top form and this track has been a happy hunting ground for the trainer, so theres’s lots to like. I suggest you nip in quick for the 5/2 as he’ll likely go off shorter than 2/1.
Now for one at bigger odds in the shape of Mick Channon’s FITZWILLY, who can be backed at a generous 9/1 with Coral for the 2m handicap (3.15pm). That firm make Gavlar favourite at 7/2 and that horse looked to be crying out for two miles when finishing a close second over 1m6f here at the beginning of this month. However, the selection was just over five lengths away in fourth that day and enjoys a 7lb pull in the weights, while he too should be suited by the step up in trip. He will again be ridden by talented 7lb claimer Paddy Pilley, who has been impressing this season and has ridden four winners from just 15 runners (27%) on turf, including a couple for Channon.