Master Goodwood with World
27 July 2015
Angus McNae tipped up Heaven's Guest at 12-1 for the Interntional at Ascot on Saturday. See who he is tipping on day one of the Qatar Goodwood Festival below.
Before I launch into day one of Glorious Goodwood I would like to advance a theory about the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes that Postponed won at Ascot on Saturday.
Post race there was much criticism of the ride that Frankie Dettori gave Eagle Top. Such criticism is, in my opinion, misplaced.
He rode a wonderful waiting race, timing his challenge to perfection and even got to the front briefly for a few strides.
The perception that Postponed was always in the right position and Eagle Top wasn't is nonsense. As I have said many times, pace not position is the most important factor in race reading.
The real problem for Dettori was that he had to challenge on the worst of the ground. Over two days of racing at Ascot it was clear that the far rail, or as close to it as possible, was the best place to be.
Dettori had to make his ground away from that favoured strip, whilst Postponed could race on it all the way up the straight. This, in my opinion, was the most pertinent point to come out of the race, not some position-based guess as to the fractions that Dettori carved out on the runner-up.
The Qatar Goodwood Festival really is a marathon, not a sprint for punters.
All the same it is nice to get off to a winning start and I am attacking day one on two fronts.
Firstly I am keen on backing Astronereus in the Summer Stakes at 3.45.
This horse is a progressive young stayer with course form, and he stepped up a level when winning at York last time out.
He looks the type to go on improving and this race does not look that deep. Ajman Bridge will be popular with the late headway supporters after his staying on late effort last time out. I suspect it will be more of the same from that horse whilst hopefully Astronereus wins at about 8-1. He should be backed each-way.
My second selection is Master The World in the opening contest at 2.00pm.
Richard Hughes will be anxious to go out with a bang this week, and he can get the meeting off to the best possible start. Master The World was a ready winner at Newmarket when stepped back up in trip to 10 furlongs.
Nine and a half here should be perfect for this horse, who gets to race off a 5lb higher mark than last time which seems fair.
I am very scared of Fire Fighting, who has had a tremendous season, but his draw in stall 14 is not ideal. I take Hughes to kick the meeting off with a winner on his way to retirement and to the Racing UK-sponsored leading jockey award. I will be backing Master The World each-way.
Angus McNae's Tuesday tips:
2.00 Goodwood: Master The World each-way at 12-1 with Skybet
3.45 Goodwood: Astronereus each-way at 8-1 generally available