#OffTheBridle with J.T McCoy - A Gloriously wet Goodwood
Horse Racing: Glorious (wet) Goodwood so far....
Something about ‘he giveth and then he taketh away’
It’s been a funny old week so far, with the quality of racing at Goodwood somewhat overshadowed by the weather, which has thrown up a few surprise results to say the least, and the crushing reality that trying to pick winners in large field races over in Ireland massively exposes my lack of knowledge over there.
We did, however, begin with a good first day at Galway - a couple of places and a nice winner in the last. Day 2? Not so good.
Day 1 at Goodwood was tough going, both for the horses and the punters’ wallets, Day 2 even more so.
We must not dwell on the past but instead look ahead to today’s action, to ensure a profitable end to the week. If you can picture my face and gather the pessimistic tone with which that was written, well done.
With few proven soft ground performers on show at Goodwood today, it is with much trepidation that I say I really do like the chances of Dubka in the 2.25, but also give a chance for the favourite Endless Time – those are my two for that race.
In the 3.00 Cardsharp looks as if he’ll be tough to beat, but the unknown quantity of Barraquero, for a yard (Brian Meehan at Manton) just along the road from McCoy mansions, could also be worth a nibble and the market suggests he’ll go well. Again, I’ll be backing two in the race.
Duel Guineas winner Winter will be the star attraction in the day’s showpiece, the Group 1 Nassau stakes, as she steps up in trip. He’ll surely go well, but many fancy So Mi Dar to push him very close. Too close to call for me.
It’s worth mentioning what looks to be quite a significant market move for Cosmopolitan Queen in the 4.10 – 20/1 into 10/1. It’s not immediately apparent what is behind the confidence, however David Egan claiming 5lbs will surely help. I might be tempted e/w, but also like Poets Prince for Mark Johnston and Joe Fanning, at a welcoming 7/1.
Over at Galway today it is interesting to see Knockmaole Boy turned out again so soon in the 2.50, after a win on Tuesday. The combination of Gordon Elliott and Declan ‘The Enforcer’ McDonagh looks good on paper. Be Kool for Brian Ellison should also go well.
We could see a potential superstar in the 4.00 in Lac Kivu for Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh. Hugely impressive in winning a maiden last time, he’ll be one for the big hitters at 5/6. Bhutan might follow him home for forecast players.
The feature race is the Galway Hurdle and you could stick a pin in this one. JP McManus has several who could go well. I fancy Ivan Grozny to run a decent race at 25/1. Of the British raiders, Project Bluebook appeals for John Quinn at 16/1.
Here’s hoping for some brighter weather and some favourable results.