Goodwood 3.45 (Stewards’ Cup) tips – make a song and dance about Star

Goodwood 3.45 (Stewards' Cup) tips - make a song and dance about Star

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Betting Tip: Dancing Star @ 13/2 with bet365

A typically competitive renewal of this annual cavalry charge and we’re assured of at least 13/2 if we can land on the winner. Plenty can be fancied of course but it now takes a sprinter of some quality to win it and, indeed, last year’s hero Magical Memory went on to Group success. He was the first three-year-old to score since Danetime in 1997 and lightning may well strike twice as DANCING STAR, the only representative from that age group, looks to have outstanding claims after squeezing in at the foot of the handicap by virtue of the 6lb penalty she earned for winning a Newmarket Heritage Handicap last time. That gives her something else in common with last year’s winner, who won the same race en route, and she won a shade more cosily than her three-quarter length margin of victory would suggest. That was taking her record this season to 3-4, with one of the victories coming over track and trip, and there is every chance she is still improving. A relative of the flying Lochsong, who was the last filly to win this and ran in the same colours, her future lies in Group races and bet365’s 13/2 that she can beat today’s handicap rivals, most of whom give her weight, looks very fair.

That she’s been handed a low draw in stall four might be seen as a a negative by some, with five of the last ten winners being drawn between 10 and 18. However, two were drawn lower and Hawkeyethenoo exited from the same stall when scoring in 2012. Besides, it’s more important to be where the pace is and with a couple of confirmed front runners, Ridge Ranger and Red Pike, drawn either side of her she ought to get a good pace to aim at.

The main danger may come from Dandy Nicholls’ Orion’s Bow, who like the selection has been improving at a rate of knots and is bidding to make it six wins on the bounce. His winning run started at Newcastle in May off a mark of 69 and, now rated 103 (34lb improvement to save you the math!), there may be more to come from him. His trainer was Glorious Goodwood’s Sprint King between 2000 and 2010, with 20 sprint winners at this meeting during that period, including three Stewards’ Cups, and the yard has been going well of late. He will exit from stall 12 and is worth a saver at Betfair’s 7/1.

Nicholls is also represented by Kimberella, who is another fine advertisement for his talents and is still on the upgrade judging by his latest success at York. He’s very much respected along with last year’s runner-up Toofi, who is now in the care of Robert Cowell, another fine trainer of sprinters. But this looks a stronger renewal than 12 months ago and the selection is undoubtedly the class act.

Betting Tip: Dancing Star @ 13/2 with bet365

All odds were correct at time of posting.

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