Paddy Power tipster reveals his Glorious Goodwood fancies
Goodwood is a festival that excites, with a host of top class racing to enjoy. Punters have a feast of racing to enjoy and leading Paddy Power tipster Frank Hickey gives his highlights for the week here...
Stradivarius goes in search of his 5th Goodwood Cup but never has he been as vulnerable going into the race as he will be here. He may be a 4/5 favourite but I think we will be looking to oppose him at that sort of price, with Sir Ron Priestley one that may be capable of filling the boots of stablemate Subjectivist who misses the race due to an injury setback.
The Nassau is another Group One and Audarya has strong claims. She has rock solid Group One form last season also and justifiably heads the market and should take plenty of beating.
In the Golden Mile, I have had 2019 winner Beat Le Bon in mind for this since the entries came out, as he gets to run off a mark of 104, which is the same mark he won off in 2019. He ran a massive race in the Royal hunt Cup at Ascot but the steady pace he encountered subsequently at Newmarket wouldn’t have played to his strengths whatsoever. Providing he gets his favoured fast ground, he looks sure to run a big race at a rewarding price.
In the Stewards Cup, it really is difficult to get away from Hurricane Ivor who showed glimpses of brilliance when trained in France but has really got his act together since switching to William Haggas. He was involved in that photo controversy at Sandown earlier this month and very nearly defied a 5lb rise in a fiercely competitive Ascot handicap when last seen. He runs off just a pound higher mark here, which leaves him 3lbs well in for this race and I don’t think the step back up to six furlongs will inconvenience him whatsoever.