Glorious Goodwood 2014: Muthmir To Claim Stewards Cup

Impressive York winner Muthmir looks set to claim the Stewards Cup for trainer William Haggas

Following on from  his win in the race last year with Rex Imperator, Newmarket based trainer William Haggas looks set to claim the valuable race today with Muthmir. The sprinter was so impressive when pulling away from his rivals at York that it is hard to look past him. The main danger to victory may well come from his stablemate Rex Imperator, but he is carrying top weight and could be vulnerable to the other seasoned campaigners who are better treated. A win in this would make it certain that Muthmir goes on to higher grade group contests.

The Nassau Stakes appears to lack the quality and depth of recent renewals. However, O’Brien’s Venus De Milo is the stand-out prospect and should get the better of the two Gosden fillies and the French raider Narniyn.

At Galway, Weld is now on seven winners for the week and will be certain to add to that tally today.

CROCKFORD’S DEAD CERT – MUTHMIR (STEWARDS CUP – GOODWOOD 3.50)

Beyond impressive when taking the valuable SkyBet Dash at York last time out. This horse is clearly of a Group standard in the making. The penalty for that win at York has meant that he has squeezed in here at an excellent wait. Closest to a dead cert in this handicap that punters will see.

CROCKFORD’S WHISPER – MASTER OF FINANCE E/W (GOODWOOD 2.40)

With Mark Johnston in top form again at the Goodwood meeting expect this three-year-old to make a bold show with Buick on board. Just denied victory in the Swiss Derby last time out and has other useful form.

ARCHER’S SELECTION – WAR SPIRIT (GOODWOOD 5.35)

Archer would have remembered how highly touted this runner was before his debut at the course. Now the horse is in a rich vein of form nothing would have stopped the champion jockey being up on this main chance.

Crockford’s Gambles on the final day of Glorious Goodwood and day six of the Galway Festival:

Glorious Goodwood – Barnet Fair e/w, Regal Parade e/w and Humidor e/w (2.05), Rainbow Peak (2.40), Venus De Milo (3.15), Secret Brief e/w (4.25) and When Will It end (5.00)

Galway Festival – Marty’s Magic (2.35), Security Breach e/w (3.10), Spryt (3.45), Initial (4.20), Silwana (4.55), Teach Nua (5.25) and Call Vinnie (5.55)

Newmarket – Enraptured (2.20), Golden Town (4.40), Odin (5.15) and Wahaab e/w (5.45)

Doncaster – Hail Clodius (2.50), Border Legend (4.35) and Justineo (5.10)

Thirsk – Leaderene (3.05), Anderiego e/w (3.40) and Taqneen (4.50)

 

(Featured Photograph – Trainer William Haggas by Stuart Rice)

 

Glorious Goodwood 2014: Steeler In the Betfred Mile

Steeler and Heavy Metal look attractive propositions in the Betfred Mile on day four of Glorious Goodwood

Both Steeler and Heavy Metal were classy two-year-olds, with Steeler winning the Royal Lodge and Heavy Metal taking the Richmond Stakes. A return to form for both horses in recent weeks suggests that punters should keep a close eye on them when they reappear at Goodwood today.

In what is always a competitive race the two four-year-olds will face a strong field that includes the fancied Velox for Luca Cumani and AW Champions Day winner Captain Cat. With all things considered the talented Steeler gets the nod.

On the fifth day of the Galway Festival Dermot Weld will overcome a barren day yesterday by sending out what looks to be a good chance in every race on the card. Could the Master of Rosewell go through the card? Perhaps he can.

CROCKFORD’S DEAD CERT – SHIFTING POWER (2.30)

Performed well in the Guineas and Group One company this season so far. This race and field is a drop in grade and looks well with the grasp of this talented Free Handicap winner.

CROCKFORD’S WHISPER – STEELER E/W (BETFRED MILE 3.05)

Very high class horse at two-years-old and showed good form last time out when finishing third in the Royal Hunt Cup back in June. If he can continue in that vein of form in what is a competitive he has strong each way claims.

Crockford’s Gambles on day four of Glorious Goodwood and day five of the Galway Festival:

Glorious Goodwood – Battle Of Marengo e/w (1.55), Shifting Power (2.30), Steeler e/w and Heavy Metal e/w (3.05), Kingsgate Native e/w (3.40), Sunset Sail (4.15), Gold Cheongsam e/w (4.50) and Fire Fighting e/w (5.25)

Galway Festival – Diplomat (5.10), Bleu Ciel Et Rouge (5.40), Daffern Seal (6.15), Show Court (6.50), Massinga (7.25), Keyboard Melody (7.55) and Forgotten Rules (8.15)

 

(Featured Photograph – Betfred Mile 2014 by Stuart Rice)

 

Glorious Goodwood 2014: Brown Panther Estimate’s Success

The connections of Brown Panther will estimate their chances of  successfully defending the Goodwood Cup when they walk the course later

Brown Panther’s participation in his second Goodwood Cup looks dependent on the views of his trainer Dascombe after he has walked the course and heard back from the jockeys after the first. With the ground drying over the last few weeks the course is somewhere near good to firm.  If Brown Panther gets the nod then he looks certain to fiercely defend his crown in the face of Royal opposition from the Queen’s 2013 Ascot Gold Cup winner Estimate.

If Brown Panther does not take part Estimate will not have everything her own way with the classy Cavalryman looking to be the main danger to a Royal win.

Crockford’s followers yesterday benefitted from a 14/1 winner of the big race over at Galway. Road To Riches landed the Galway Plate beating off his rivals that included a strong JP McManus team. Today the Galway Hurdle is a competitive affair that may fall the way of Gordon Elliott’s Bayan or perhaps to Dermot Weld with his once useful Hisaabaat.  Entering day four of the meeting Weld stands on five winners already.

CROCKFORD’S DEAD CERT – BROWN PANTHER (GOODWOOD CUP 3.10)

If he gets his chance once his trainer has walked the course, Brown Panther looks set to pounce on his rivals after two good wins and two encouraging runs so far this season. The emphatic winner of this in 2013 he should prove to good for his opponents again.

CRCOKFORD’S WHISPER – KODIVA E/W (4.20)

Highly regarded by the yard this filly holds a Group One entry. The stable have already landed a two year-old prize this week and this does not look at face-value the deepest of contests for her debut. Expect a good show from the filly.

Crockford’s Gambles on day three of Glorious Goodwood and day four of the Galway Festival:

Glorious Goodwood – Roseburg and Rainbow Rock e/w (2.05), Ivawood (2.35), Brown Panther (3.10), Talent (3.45), Kodiva (4.20), Championship (4.50) and Jacob Cats e/w (5.25)

Galway Festival – Tylers Cottage (1.50), Alelchi Inois (2.20), Northern Rocked (3.00), Tested (3.40), Pink Hat (4.15), Bayan e/w and Hisaabaat e/w (Galway Hurdle 4.55), Pirate Cove (5.35) and Clondaw Farmer (6.05)

(Featured Photograph – Brown Panther winning the 2013 Goodwood Cup by Stuart Rice)

 

 

Glorious Goodwood 2014: Duel In The Sussex Stakes

The young pretender Kingman and last year’s victor Toronado clash in duel on the Downs in the Sussex Stakes

In what looks to be a mouthwatering third edition of the Duel On The Downs, the three-year-old Kingman carries the banner for his generation against the older established talent of Toronado. Twelve months ago Hannon’s Toronado got the better of the 2013 Guineas winner Dawn Approach on the run in to seal his status as a top miler. This year he comes to the race off a good win in the Group One Lockinge at Newbury, but faces a much stiffer rival in the exceptionally talented Kingman.

There are not enough superlatives to describe Gosden’s colt’s blistering turn of foot. If Kingman deploys that weapon today it is hard to see him beaten even with the established talent that is Toronado in the field. The two mighty rivals have scared off most of the opposition with only O’Brien’s Darwin and Godolphin’s Outstrip standing their ground. However, it is hard to see Darwin or Outstrip getting in the way of this duel.

Over in Galway Dermot Weld has now notched up three winners in the first two days of the meeting, but does not have a chance in the Galway Plate on day three. The Plate is dominated by seven if not eight JP McManus runners, but still may go the way of the Irish National second Golden Wonder or the talented Road To Riches.

Expect Weld to pick a few races across the rest of the card with strong chances that include Tandem (3.00), Whitey O’Gwaun (4.45), Sarafiyla (6.40) and Brooch (7.10)

CROCKFORD’S DEAD CERT – KINGMAN (SUSSEX STAKES 3.05)

Unlucky to not come to this contest unbeaten. This colt has an exceptional turn of foot as displayed at Royal Ascot. The best miler in training if not the best horse. Kingman is certain to cement his reputation in this fascinating duel between the generations.

CROCKFORD’S WHISPER – LIEUTENANT MILLER E/W (1.55)

Henderson’s stayer is a stable in these kinds of marathon contests. Just beaten by half a length last year in this race in what looked a deeper field expect him to perform well again today. The booking of Ryan Moore is also noteworthy.

Crockford’s Gambles on day two of Glorious Goodwood and day three of the Galway Festival:

Glorious Goodwood – Sohar e/w (1.55), Somewhat (2.30), Highland Reel (3.40), Avenue Du Monde e/w (4.15), Principle Equation e/w and Patterned e/w (4.50) and Bravo Echo e/w (5.25)

Galway Festival – Tandem (3.00), Beach of Falesa (3.35), Greatness (4.10), Whitey O’Gwaun (4.45), Golden Wonder e/w and Road To Riches e/w (Galway Plate 5.30), Moonbi Creek (6.05), Sarafiyla (6.40) and Brooch (7.10)

 

(Featured Photograph – Toronado in the 2013 Sussex Stakes by Stuart Rice)

 

Glorious Goodwood 2014: Toormore To Regain Form

Craven Stakes winner Toormore to regain his form in the Group Two Lennox Stakes on day one of Glorious Goodwood 2014

Richard Hannon’s top two-year-old of last season has not quite delivered this year and will look to get back to the Winners Enclosure when he runs on day one of Glorious Goodwood. A good winner of the Craven Stakes, the fancied Toormore was not even placed in the Guineas before finishing again down the field in the St James’s Palace Stakes. Parallels may be drawn with his stablemate Toronado who regained his form at Glorious Goodwood last season.

In Toormore’s way will be the 2013 Lennox Stakes victor Garswood who has a clear liking for the track and distance. The 2013 Free Handicap winner looks to be short of the class of Toormore and may have to settle for a place. The other dangers include Gosden’s Gregorian and Hannon’s Professor.

Hannon also looks well placed to take the Molecomb earlier on the card (2.30) with his speedy juvenile Beacon.

On day one of the Galway Festival, the Master Of Rosewell started with one winner (Timiyan) and three seconds (Postulation, Grecian Tiger and Call Vinnie). Day two holds more good prospects for Weld with Chinese Light, Calibrate, Hidden Universe and Antique Platinum.

CROCKFORD’S DEAD CERT – TOORMORE (LENNOX 3.05)

Good winner of the Craven Stakes back in the spring and the top two-year-old last season. Toormore may have disappointed a little since in the Guineas and at Royal Ascot, but expect him to bounce back when he re-visits the Glorious meeting.

CROCKFORD’S WHISPER – BIG THUNDER E/W (3.40)

Ultra-consistent last season and certain to be sharper after his run in the Northumberland Plate last time out. This big grey is certain to be ready with his trainer targeting this valuable handicap.

Crockford’s Gambles on Day One of Glorious Goodwood and Day Two of Galway Festival:

Glorious Goodwood – Cameron Highland e/w (1.55), Beacon (2.30), Acaster Malbis (4.15), Showpiece e/w (4.50), Jillnextdoor e/w. Daylight e/w and Chooseday e/w (5.20)

Galway – Shield (5.05), Domination (5.35), Chinese Light (6.05), Calibrate (6.40), Hidden Universe (7.10), Battleoftheboyne (7.45) and Antique Platinum (8.15)

 

(Featured Photograph – Toormore after the Craven Stakes by Stuart Rice)