UK Shortlist: 2019 Goodwood Festival

30st July – 3th August 2019

UK Racing experts, Timeform, preview each and every race at the 2019 Goodwood Festival.

Qatar Stewards’ Sprint Handicap (2) 6f

Analyst’s Verdict

This track clearly brings out the best in Puds, who finished nicely clear of the rest when runner-up over C&D when last seen in June. She makes plenty of appeal off the same mark and can provide the Richard Hughes yard with a welcome winner. Gabrial The Devil is feared most with Frankie Dettori aboard, while Ballyquin also enters calculations, along with Venturous and last year’s winner Tommy G.

Qatar Summer Handicap (2) 1¾m

Analyst’s Verdict

Outbox failed to measure up to market expectations when sixth in the Newmarket handicap won by King’s Advice, but he meets that rival on 7 lb better terms here and the suspicion remains that this well-bred, unexposed 4-y-o is capable of better. It would be unwise to assume that King’s Advice has reached the ceiling of his ability just yet, but bigger threats may be posed by Proschema and Corgi.

Qatar Lillie Langtry Stakes (Group 2) (1) 1¾m

Analyst’s Verdict

Ralph Beckett saddled the winner of this in 2015 and can repeat the dose with Manuela de Vega. She failed to make an impact in the Irish Oaks, but the way she stayed on for fourth at Epsom previously offers hope that this new trip will bring about improvement. Dramatic Queen is taken to get the better of old rival Enbihaar and emerge as the main danger, while South Sea Pearl also commands respect.

Unibet Stewards’ Cup (Heritage Handicap) (2) 6f

Analyst’s Verdict

Gunmetal again left the impression that there’s a big prize to be won with him when sixth in the Wokingham, and this could be the day when he delivers on that promise. Khaadem, who figures on a potentially very good mark judged on his effort in a Newbury Group 3, is feared most ahead of last year’s runnerup Justanotherbottle. The consistent Summerghand and Flavius Titus are others to consider.

Qatar EBF Stallions Maiden Stakes (2) 7f

Analyst’s Verdict

Smuggler shaped with considerable promise when runner-up on debut here in June and, with improvement on the cards now faced with a stiffer test, he earns the vote. King of Athens wasn’t entirely disgraced at Royal Ascot and is feared greatly in calmer waters here. Gold Souk also has claims, while Great Ambassador, Berkshire Rocco and Mambo Nights are all open to improvement.

Qatar Handicap (2) 7f

Analyst’s Verdict

Usually, a strong race and Mark Johnston can win it for a fourth time in 5 years with Warning Fire. The likeable filly just failed in the concluding 1m handicap here on Tuesday and gets to race off a 3 lb lower mark. Marhaba Milliar and Land of Legends are both big players who could prove to be better than handicappers in time.

Qatar Apprentice Handicap (3) 1m1f11y

Analyst’s Verdict

Gifts of Gold could be a blot on the handicap and makes plenty of appeal in a race where plenty are exposed. You’re Hired was a winner at this meeting in 2016 and may be poised for a big run in first-time cheekpieces under last year’s successful rider. 3-y-os Harbour Spirit and Storting complete the shortlist.

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