Glorious Goodwood 2019 Ante Post Tips

Glorious by name and glorious by nature, the Goodwood Festival will once again provide us with five days’ worth of first class thoroughbred racing.

The action takes places set against the backdrop of the beautiful Sussex countryside, something that in the eyes of Frankie Dettori, makes Goodwood the most picturesque racecourse in the country. The Italian will be one of many familiar faces on show during the week but which of the big names look set to prevail during the headline acts?

Glorious Goodwood Tips

Odds correct at the time of writing and are subject to change.

  • Cross Counter to win Goodwood Cup at 9/2 with 888sport
  • Too Darn Hot to win the Sussex Stakes at 2/1 with bet365
  • Dream Of Dreams to win the Lennox Stakes at 10/1 with Ladbrokes
  • Battaash to win the King George Stakes at 4/7 with BetVictor

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Stradivarius may lose unbeaten run

Even in the ante-post market you’ll struggle to find odds longer than 5/6 (Coral) on fan favourite Stradivarius for the Goodwood Cup. Having won it two years running, history is on his side and should he retain his title, the five-year-old will join Double Trigger as the only other three-time champion this race has seen. Preparations for the two mile test has gone smoothly with John Gosden’s horse winning both previous tests this season, the Yorkshire Cup and Ascot Gold Cup. These pair of victories have extended his winning run to seven, a formidable number and one that rightly puts him top of the market.

There’s every reason to think Stradivarius will put in a solid shift at Goodwood but Cross Counter (9/2, 888sport) has what it takes to end his hot streak. The pair met for the Ascot Gold Cup with the former finishing nearly two lengths clear but the trip did not suit Charlie Appleby’s geldings that day. Prior to his Royal Ascot showing Cross Country had never ran more than two miles and the extra four furlongs, on soft ground, proved too stamina sapping. Back at his far more favoured distance, the incredibly profitable horse can recapture the same magic he showed when winning the Melbourne Cup last November.

Gosden leads the way in the Sussex

Responsible for both the first and second favourite in the £1m Sussex Stakes is John Gosden who has King Of Comedy (7/2, Ladbrokes) and Too Darn Hot (2/1, bet365) in the mix. The former failed to make any sort of impression as a two-year-old but has shown real promise since returning from the winter break. A comfortable Listed win at Sandown set him up for an appearance in the St James’s Palace Stakes where he missed out by a head’s length to Circus Maximus. A re-match remains a possibility but Aidan O’Brien is yet to enter his colt despite previous floating it as a real possibility.

Should the Ballydoyle master take the plunge then this may shake up the betting and weaken Gosden’s dominant position in the process. We’d still back the Brit to get the job done though now that Too Darn Hot has rediscovered his mojo. During his first three starts of the season the Dubawi colt wound up as the beaten favourite, always just a little off the pace. A trip abroad helped end to end the rut with the three-year-old winning the Prix Jean Prat in wonderful fashion. On the back of this effort he’ll likely be too hot for the rest of the Sussex field.

Stoute dreaming of an opening day win

Failure to win in over two years hasn’t see odds on Le Brivido (8/1, BetVictor) fall to as long as you might expect. The bay horse hasn’t been disgraced in any of his Group 1 starts this season but will need quite considerable improvements if he’s to win here. Looking back at past renewals, horses have sometimes managed to up their level in this contest though. Five of our last 12 Lennox Stakes champions hadn’t won previously that season. Still, Aidan O’Brien’s horse remains a gamble and there are better options available at a similar price.

Hey Gaman (8/1, Coral) is one after he won the Group 3 Prix du Palasi-Royal in May. That was his third career win over seven furlongs, a distance in which he’s only once failed to finish inside the top three. This race represents a decent step up in ability but James Tate’s improving colt looks up the task. As tempting an option as he is, we’re having to side with Dream Of Dreams (10/1, Ladbrokes) for this one. The five-year-old rather flopped in the July Cup but does occasional have the bad race in him. When on song, he’s a horse of true ability as he showed when battling neck and neck with Blue Point in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes.

Battaash to take King George crown

There was no Royal Ascot success for Battaash (4/7, BetVictor) this year but there’s absolutely no shame in finishing second to the sensational Blue Point. It was the second time Charlie Appleby’s horse bested him in the King’s Stand Stakes but his retirement means Battaash is free to reign supreme once again here. Charlie Hills’ horse has claimed the King George Stakes title two years in a row and nobody among the current entries looks capable of denying him a third. No horse has ever pulled off a hat-trick in this race but few love Goodwood quite as much as Battaash.

His previous two wins here have been emphatic, especially the one 12 months ago which saw the son of Dark Angel win by four lengths. You could perhaps argue he’s lost a touch of his speed since but not enough to think he’s at all vulnerable. We’re certainly not tipping an upset but if we had to place out money elsewhere it would be stablemate Garrus (12/1, bet365). On his debut for Hills the grey colt finished second in a Group 3 sprint despite starting slowly. If quicker to get going this time then a place finish looks well within his capabilities.

Dramatic Queen and Enbihaar set for thrilling re-match

This Lilly Langtry Stakes renewal is shaping up to be a stunner thanks to the addition of Dramatic Queen (10/3) and Enbihaar (5/1). The pair have met twice recently with the former winning by a neck at York but then losing out by half a length next time at Haydock Park. Being the one who triumphed during the one mile, six furlong test, you have to say that Dramatic Queen is the most likely to go one up on the rivalry. Both look like falling just short of Star Catcher (4/1) though, recent winner of the Ribblesdale Stakes. John Gosden’s talented filly finished the one-and-a-half mile contest commandingly and should cope well with the extra two furlongs here.