By The Tote Team www.tote.co.uk
The Qatar Goodwood Festival has arrived and we are here to help navigate you through each leg of the Tote Placepot from Tuesday through to Friday. We have found a banker, outsider and possibly torpedo leg that will have to be dissected in order to take home a share of the pool.
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How's the Going?
The ground was described as good, good to soft in places on Monday. It is forecast to be dry overnight and tomorrow, so those good to soft areas may have gone by the start of racing.
The Big Trend
The Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum string have already had a wonderful start to the season and looking at Jim Crowley’s record at Goodwood, it is only going to get better. He is the winning most jockey of the last five years with 32 victories from 180 rides. He has four rides on Tuesday with WASAAYEF (1:10pm), RESTORER (1:45pm), ALKUMAIT (4:20pm) and ASIAAF (4:55pm).
If trainer’s course and form record is one that you look at, then look no further than Mark Johnston. Since the restart he has been having winners here, there, and everywhere, but at Goodwood he has 41 winners in the last five years. He has eight runners on the first day of the meeting so keeping an eye on his runners will be important to get through to sixth leg.
Look no further than Stradivarius!
There is only one horse that could possibly be slotted into the banker selection, STRADIVARIUS (3:15pm). He will be bidding for his fourth Goodwood Cup and looked imperious when winning the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot by ten lengths last time. Other than Santiago, there won’t be too much for him to worry about.
Outsider to Consider
The second race of the day is the 1:45pm which currently is an 18-runner handicap meaning there are four places up for grabs and we are going to be including ALTERNATIVE FACT. He has been very consistent since the return of racing with a third at the Royal Meeting behind Sir Busker. This was followed up by a victory at Haydock and a hike up the ratings by 4lb. However, he looks like he may still be out of the handicapper’s grasp after a second last time out. He is starting in stall 16, meaning there is a lot of work to be done to get near the front but with one of the highest speed figures in the race he looks as though he can get to the rail and use it to his advantage.
The Vintage Stakes is a race where a lot of units could exit. Two-year-olds often improve with every run but Battleground is one that we are not able to rely on. There are three horses in the race who have recorded better speed figures than him and he is likely to go off a very short favourite.
To try and ensure progression to the fourth leg we are going to go for DARK LION and DEVIOUS COMPANY. The former, trained by Roger Varian has improved with every run and after a very encouraging fourth at Royal Ascot managed an easy victory at Wolverhampton. Devious Company is the only one to have clocked a speed figure in the triple digits and with Richard Kingscote already on 30 victories for the season, we can rely on him.
Our Placepot Perm
Leg 1: 3,4
Leg 2: 5,10,17
Leg 3: 2,3
Leg 4: 2,5,10
Leg 5: 5
Leg 6: 8,9
2 x 3 x 2 x 3 x 1 x 2 = 72 lines
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