14.00 Goodwood

Main fancy for the Stewards’ Cup consolation race is good old Barnet Fair. Back to the well again. He does love it here though and is so well treated based upon his win here 2 years ago and his 2nd last year, both off a mark of 90. He shows up here off 84 and it would be no surprise were this to have been the plan all season long. He gets his ground and Franny Norton has a great record here. Yesterday we saw further evidence that far side could be the place to be so stall 12 is ok. Other fancies are all drawn high, which doesn’t appear ideal, but there is pace in the 2 highest stalls so I’ll take a chance on Shamshon from stall 25. He was rated 10lb higher than his current mark when with Richard Hannon and has progressed nicely this year for new connections. 5 seemed to just find him out returned to turf at Ascot and this 6 should suit him. Hopefully they go quick enough stands side as he’ll likely be delivered late. Gamesome and Mukaynis deserve a second look too.
Barnet Fair - 1pt @ 14/1
Shamshon - 1pt @ 18/1

14.35 Goodwood

Really looking forward to seeing Beaverbrook in handicap company over a suitable trip. A mile at Haydock looked an insufficient test on easy ground a few starts back. He hadn’t been beaten far by Eclipse winner Hawkbill at Newmarket prior to that over 10 furlongs and he acquitted himself well in the Queen’s Vase last time, for all that may have stretched his stamina. A mile and a half on quick ground may be just what he wants and he’s well drawn to get handy. James McDonald has been excellent here this week and he can really make a race of it with some better fancied runners from a prominent position. Rated 101 when 6th in the Vintage last year, he shaped very well off 97 over a mile and half a furlong at Wolves and shows up here off 93 at a monster price.
Beaverbrook - 1pt @ 25/1

15.45 Goodwood

The most likely pace in the Stewards’ Cup is low and, given the evidence this week, far side could be seriously advantaged. He’s not much of a price in an open handicap but Dancing Star may prove be very tough to beat. A few stalls away in 7 is Rivellino who was a very creditable 3rd in this race last year off the same mark. More than creditable in fact given he did very much best of those drawn high and the race really developed away from him. It’s not easy putting up a 6yo turf maiden, particularly given the quality of this race, but a repeat of last year gives him serious claims and he’s worth playing at the prices. William Haggas has a good record in this race and I’m keen on his 3 year old Raucous, for all he perhaps isn’t best drawn in 20. The tongue tie seemed to really help last time in behind The Tin Man in Group 3 company and he looks fairly treated for this return to handicap company based upon his Gimcrack run last year. 7 furlongs just hasn’t suited but a strongly run 6 with the cheekpieces back on to combine with the tongue tie could work the oracle and his trainer has always maintained he wants quick ground.
Rivellino - 1pt @ 25/1
Raucous - 1pt @ 16/1