The Daily Mail's Racing tipster Sam Turner highlight's today's best CH4 bets.
Racing on the speed in these staying contests at Goodwood is crucial – further evidence of that was seen yesterday – so hopefully STAR RIDER (Best price 14-1) will be handy as she bids to land a nice prize for her in-form handler. The selection has posted a series of decent efforts at this venue but found the deep conditions a little beyond her behind Boite here last time. The return to a marathon trip should help today though as she displayed a great attitude to win her final start at Newmarket last term over two miles, digging deep to see of Wind Place And Sho and the return of Jimmy Fortune in the saddle can be the catalyst to another win.
Four handicap wins since the beginning of June have seen QATARI HUNTER (Best price 15-2) leap from a rating of 74 to 102 in rapid fashion. That progression has forced Jim Bolger’s colt into a different grade but he appears ready to take the step up to pattern company given the turn of foot he displayed to win a warm Leopardstown event last time. The son of Footstepsinthesand only had a couple behind him turning for home that day, but changed gear dramatically to pick up the useful Tennessee Wildcat in style, despite the runner-up poaching a seemingly uncatchable advantage. The step up to 12 furlongs looks no inconvenience given his run style and the Irish raider could be some value to take down one or two shorter priced foes.
The first three home from the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot reconvene rivalries in a mouth-watering Sussex Stakes and it could be a case of déjà vu for the likes of The Gurkha and Awtaad. There is a theory GALILEO GOLD (Best price 9-4) didn’t receive the plaudits he deserved for his Ascot win with many onlookers eulogising over Frankie Dettori’s ride rather than handing some credit to the Paco Boy colt. The Italian’s ride was indeed useful, but the 2000 Guineas winner still boasted the ability – as he did at Newmarket on Guineas day – to quicken away from his rivals and utilise a handy track position, an attribute which separates the exceptional from the useful. His tactical speed could again by a vital component in deciding today’s prestigious event and he is taken to confirm Ascot form.
The market centres around Nunthorpe entry The Last Lion and Global Applause here and it would be no surprise if these two early season types dominated this Group 3 prize. Rather typically given his yard, the former has been on the go since April and there should be a grand duel in the centre of the track between the two market leaders who are drawn next to each other. However, it is only around evens that either wins and I’d rather take a chance with YALTA (Best price 8-1) and BIG TIME BABY (8-1) at bigger prices. The former has been a source of frustration since impressing at Pontefract but the soft ground was probably to blame at Ascot before he blew out in a warm Group 2 last time. The return to Goodwood, where he won on debut so well, and a drop to five furlongs on fast ground could be Yalta’s optimum conditions and he is taken to make an impact today.
Big Time Baby posted a fine speed figure when winning a Chester conditions event emphatically and his yard have a decent record in juvenile contests at this meeting.
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