One of several big money, big field handicaps taking place every year at Glorious Goodwood, the Unibet Golden Mile is shaping up to be a thriller. 54 entries will have to be whittled down to 20 for the final field and you can be sure that trainers of every horse in the race will believe their charge has a real chance of victory. The competitive nature of the Golden Mile does make it tricky for punters but there are a couple of very tempting options capable of returning their backers handsomely.
Escobar is Back on Track and Ready to Fire
Given just how competitive the Unibet Golden Mile is shaping up to be it makes sense to side with horses who are hitting their stride. That is certainly the case with Escobar who has put a poor spell behind him to start challenging again in this sort of race.
Escobar’s career started with some strong performances as a two-year-old but he was unable to follow that up with anything other than mediocre results the following year. The manner in which he lost his way was concerning for connections and the decision was made over the winter to move Escobar from Hugo Palmer’s yard to David O’Meara’s.
That switch has worked out very nicely indeed as Escobar got back into the winner’s circle at Haydock in June and came close to winning again last time out in the Coral Challenge at Sandown. Some commented that he would have fared better if given a more positive ride so if Daniel Tudhope takes a different approach there is every chance he’ll land the big prize on offer on Friday at 14/1 with 888Sport.
Balding Hopeful of Smooth Passage for South Seas
While Escobar finished second in the Coral Challenge, South Seas could only grab sixth place. The disappointment of that finish was tempered by the fact that there was little Oisin Murphy could have done about the traffic problems he encountered on board South Seas.
Andrew Balding remains confident that his four-year-old has a big handicap win in him in the not too distant future. South Seas claimed some impressive wins in the earlier part of his career but has struggled to make the step up to Group level and didn’t get the rub of the green in any of the three handicaps he’s contested this season.
Any winner of the Unibet Golden Mile needs a certain amount of luck and you get the feeling that South Seas is due a change in fortunes. If Murphy is able keep him out of trouble, South Seas should be in the mix come the closing stages so make sure to back him each way at 16/1 with Bet365.
Consider Adding Zhui Feng to Your Staking
This is very much a race where it makes sense to have several options. If you are looking for another option in addition to Escobar and South Seas, you should seriously consider the 25/1 that BetVictor are quoting on Zhui Feng. He beat some good horses over a mile at Windsor earlier in the year and just needs some luck in running in order to challenge at Goodwood.