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)