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Dave Nevison's top tips for Glorious Goodwood on Saturday

By Dave Nevison@nevisondave
Sat 31 Jul 2021

Our in-form tipster has a 9-1 fancy in the Stewards' Cup, plus a 14-1 chance in the consolation race for the big sprint. Watch how they fare live on Racing TV.

1.20 Goodwood: Farasi Lane at a general 6-1

Has a lot in his favour here and looks set to run a big race. He is drawn two and has an habitual slow starter inside him so looks set to get the rail under Silvestre De Sousa and get to the lead.

He seemed to improve last time at Sandown on ground likely to be similar to Saturday's and has only gone up 5lb for that victory, which may be lenient.

Both his wins this season have come with the cheekpieces on and, while he has been out of luck so far at this meeting, Tom Ward’s runners are generally going very well.

1.55 Goodwood: Music Society at 14-1 with Sky Bet (who also offer seven places)

Music Society is 4lb lower than when going close at York last week

I have to give this horse another chance after he went so close for me last Saturday at York.

As this was an early-closing race, he is able to run off 82 here which is 4lb lower than he raced off last time and he has gone up again since that run, so if he can’t win this then he is going to find life pretty tough in the weeks ahead.

I am a little worried that he hung and didn’t seem to handle the track in this race last year, having been well backed, but am prepared to put that down to a bad day at the office as he had never run well at York until last week and he has handled tracks with undulations like Hamilton, Ripon and Catterick perfectly well in the past.

This race looks certain to be run at a fast pace, which will suit him perfectly, and he won’t be worried too much if the ground eases back again.

I will also be having a small bet on Kimifive, who is another set to get the perfectly-run race and was just touched off in the main event last season.

3.40 Goodwood: Hurricane Ivor at 9-1 with BetVictor

It might not be very ambitious tipping one who is close to the top of the betting in the Stewards’ Cup but the market leader has won three times since 2015, so I am happy to side with William Haggas’s rapidly improving four-year-old.

Hurricane Ivor won the “faulty mirror” race at Sandown on his second start for the trainer and then won decisively on his side of the track at Ascot last time, only to be beaten a short head by Significantly.

He is only 1lb higher here and the extra furlong of this race may well bring about some improvement given how well he stays on over 5f.

Really soft ground might be an issue but if the trainer has concerns in that department I am sure he will take him out. Tom Marquand was on at Sandown and resumes the partnership, so all looks set for a good run.

8.50 Hamilton: Temper Trap

Won this race last year off a 1lb higher mark and the signs are that he is about to come good again.

He ran a very encouraging fourth last time at Nottingham, when beaten just over a length, and has been surprisingly dropped 1lb for that effort. David Allan was on board for both his wins last season and clearly gets on well with him. The combination look set to get a good pace to aim at.

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