Glorious Goodwood Betting: Tom Lee's Top Tips For Day 3

The ground has dried out to Good for day three of five at Glorious Goodwood, as another big crowd is expected to revel in a third day of excellent sport on the scenic Sussex Downs.

Wednesday's key performances at the track came from France's Solow, who was adding the Qatar Sussex Stakes to earlier top level strikes in the Queen Anne, Prix D'Ispahan and Dubai Turf, plus Ireland's Highland Reel, who returned to the scene of his Vintage Stakes success in 2014 with a fluent display in the mile and a half Gordon Stakes.

It could be Doncaster's St Leger for him next up, with Unibet pitching him in bigger than many rival bookmakers at 16/1 in the antepost list.

This afternoon's action sparks into life at 2.05pm with the 1m 2f Land Rover Stakes Handicap, a contest in which it may pay to chance a lively outsider from the red-hot Mark Johnston team.

Qatar Goodwood Festival - Day 2 : News Photo

Johnston, on the mark with an astonishing 28 winners in the past fortnight, has won today's opener six times since 1998, a record which could be enhanced as he prepares to unleash both Resonant and Triple Dip.

Silvestre De Sousa, or simply 'SDS' as he tends to be called by punters, was at both Redcar and Leicester last night for a 'cross the card' four-timer, and little more than 17 hours after the gambled-on Ainslie gave him the last of those four in the 8.50pm at Leicester, he'll get the leg-up on Johnston's Three Valleys filly Triple Dip.

She has to atone for a slightly disappointing effort at Ripon 12 days ago, but prior to that was a really good winner under SDS at Doncaster.

Re-united with the in-form pilot she still looks potentially nicely handicapped off 83, for a race her stable have a knack of winning.

Next up is the Group 2 Qatar Richmond Stakes (2.35pm) over six furlongs, in which John Gosden's July Stakes hero Shalaa bids to cement his burgeoning reputation.

He may well be good enough to defy a three pound penalty earned for his Newmarket exploits, but at around 6/4 and having to concede weight he looks worth taking on in a field which looks full of potential threats.

One of those is the William Haggas-trained Tasleet, who Paul Hanagan has opted to ride ahead of fellow Hamdan Al Maktoum horse Elronaq.

Newmarket Races : News Photo 

Tasleet has a lot to do on official ratings, but has looked razor sharp in winning at Chepstow and Newbury, and we can be confident Haggas wouldn't be throwoing him into the deep end if he can't put up a bold display.

There are eight runners, so back him each way.

Lastly, the day's crown jewel is the two mile £300,000 Qatar Goodwood Cup (3.10pm), where Chester Cup and Ascot Gold Cup hero Trip To Paris heads the market for what, on paper, looks an extremely exciting race.

I'm a big fan, but Ed Dunlop's dour battler has had some hard races this season and faced with a Group 1 penalty, perhaps today is the day to take him on.

There's plenty of cash around early for Roger Charlton's Northumberland Plate winner Quest For More, but at likely odds in the region of 5/1 or 11/2 I'm going to chance my arm with another improver in Michael Bell's Big Orange.

The four-year-old sprang a 25/1 shock when popping up in a Group 2 at Newmarket's July Meeting, though there was no fluke about that, and he hasn't come to be rated 116 by mistake.

Last year's form gives him a great chance of seeing it out over today's extended trip, plus Big Orange looks tactically versatile.

Good luck!


Thursday's best bets at Glorious Goodwood:

2.05 - Land Rover Stakes Handicap - 16 Triple Dip (each way)

2.35 - Qatar Richmond Stakes - 9 Tasleet (each way)

3.10 - Qatar Goodwood Cup - 4 Big Orange (each way)