The first day of Glorious Goodwood involves a bet365-sponsored card
There is no greater place to be than the Sussex Downs this week, with thousands of racegoers heading to Goodwood to enjoy some top-class racing in glorious surroundings.
Day 1 is a typically competitive affair and bet365 are stumping up all the prize money for some tasty encounters including the Molecomb Stakes and the Lennox Stakes.
Molecomb Stakes, 2.30pm
Eight horses go to post for this Group 3 contest, with Beacon all the rage after three successive wins since the middle of May.
The Richard Hannon horse claimed victories at Salisbury and Bath before winning a listed race at Sandown at the beginning of this month, with Sky Bet offering a best price 10/11 that the two-year-old scores in this race.
Cotai Glory is a 7/2 chance having recently run into second in a listed race, with Mukhmal available at 7/1. The latter will be hoping to reverse the finishing order with Beacon after being beaten by four lengths last time out.
Dougal is on offer at 12/1 and if all eight horses remain in the line-up, then punters can enjoy three places on an each-way pay-out which might involve a bigger-priced horse in the frame.
Lennox Stakes, 3.05pm
Paddy Power offer 5/2 about Toormore winning Tuesday’s showcase race, with the 2013 champion two-year-old looking to get back on track after some disappointing recent performances.
Having failed to cut the mustard in the QIPCO 2000 Guineas and the St James’s Palace Stakes, connections now hope that he can kickstart his year at a course which saw Toormore win the Vintage Stakes here twelve months ago.
Even so, it’s hard to be too confident about the horse’s chances based on the past two showings, with Gregorian a 10/3 chance and the John Gosden horse looks primed to run a big race.
Third place in the Darley July Cup saw the horse run gamely and there should be no problems with the extra furlong.
Garswood is a 6/1 poke, having finished narrowly behind Gregorian when the two met recently and we should watch out for Es Que Love who very nearly won the Hackwood Stakes at Newbury.