Andy Stephens again made his How To Bet £20 Column pay on Friday when he advised having £10 each-way on Withernsea, who was fourth, at 20-1 in the 17-runner Betfred Mile. He also advised an each-way treble on that horse with Second Step and Make Time, who finished second in their respective races
By Andy Stephens
A trio of three-year-olds have contested the Qatar Stewards Cup in the past couple of years and they have finished first, first and third.
It means the obvious place to start with Saturday’s renewal is Sir Dancealot and Brian The Snail - who seek to complete a hat-trick for the younger brigade.
Brian The Snail seems to have lost the plot after a bright start to the campaign but it is a lot harder to ignore Sir Dancealot, who is able to race off a mark 5lb lower than when an eye-catching runner-up in the Bunbury Cup a fortnight ago and has the services of Ryan Moore. He has to be on any shortlist but, on the minus side, usually dwells at the start and is unproven on anything other than good ground or quicker.
The five-year-old has flourished for Richard Fahey and might well have won last year’s Stewards’ Cup had he not got caught out of his ground on the wrong side and met some trouble in running. It looked a story of what might have been as he flew home for fourth.
Growl confirmed he had one of these big handicaps in him when chasing home Brando in the Ayr Gold Cup on his next start and ran a stormer when beating all bar The Tin Man when elevated to Group One company at Ascot on Champions Day.
This year he had been operating under the radar until being beaten under three lengths behind Harry Angel in the July Cup despite the race unfolding against him and his usual cheekpieces being left off. He will be re-equipped with them on Saturday.
Growl is 10lb higher in the weights than 12 months ago but is actually 2lb well in (he has been raised to 111 after his latest effort but runs off 109) and, unlike some, he will cope with the likely tacky, chewed up ground. Perhaps most significant, Fahey takes a vital 7lb off his back by employing promising apprentice Connor Murtagh.
He has chalked up 14 winners in his first season and, having had life-saving heart surgery as a youngster, a victory for him in one of the biggest sprint handicaps of the year would be some story.
The biggest imponderable is the draw but I’ve a hunch stall 8 could be ideal because he looks surrounded by all the likely pace. Hoof It (in stall 4) likes to get on with things and so do Eastern Impact (11), Stake Aclaim (14) and Lancealot Du Luc (15). By contrast, there are no habitual trail-blazers among those drawn high.
The consolation Stewards’ Cup (1.50), for those who do not make the cut for the main gig, features four three-year-olds - with the most interesting of the quartet undoubtedly being the Andrew Balding-trained Scorched Heat, who was touched off at Newmarket last week and is available at 15-2.
Scorched Heat could cap a memorable week for Balding but I’ll be sticking with course specialist Pettochside, whose record at the track reads 28112132326.
He was not seen to best advantage when sixth in the 5f handicap on Tuesday’s card but he is much better over this extra furlong - his three wins at the track have all come over 6f and he was beaten a nose on another occasion - and the softer ground will also be much more to his liking.
I also like the fact 3lb claimer Hector Crouch, who won on a 100-1 shot at Goodwood on Tuesday, will be on his back for the first time.
Nobody rode Goodwood better than Richard Hughes and if you’d had £10 on each of the 21 runners he has had at the track since he stopped riding and took out a training licence you would be £100 in profit.
I fancy Getback In Paris, available at 9-1 with Coral and Ladbrokes, might improve his tally by landing the 1m6f Qatar Summer Handicap (2.25). The four-year-old is only 3lb higher than when winning over course and distance on a softish surface in June and confirmed himself in good heart when chasing home three-year-old handicap snip Mount Mariah at Ascot last time.
There is no unexposed member of the Classic generation standing in Getback in Paris’s way this time and, in receipt of weight from all his rivals, he can swiftly get back to winning ways, perhaps at the main expense of Blakeney Point.
Mount Mariah is making such rapid strides that he was half-tempting at 5-1 to land the Group Three Qatar Gordon Stakes (3.00). The obvious one, though, is general 6-4 favourite Crystal Ocean, not beaten far in the Dante or King Edward VII Stakes and with a definite air of unfinished business about him.
How To Bet £20 on the final day of Glorious Goodwood (prices correct at noon)
2.25: Getback In Paris £2 each-way at 9-1 with Coral and Ladbrokes
3.00: £2 Exacta on Crystal Ocean to beat Mount Mariah
3.35: Growl £3 win and £2 each-way at 12-1 with Sky Bet
3.35: £1 win on Sir Dancealot at 14-1 with Coral and Ladbrokes
Plus a £1 each-way treble on Pettochside, Getback In Paris and Growl
£1 Win Lucky Fifteen (Best odds in brackets)
1.50: Pettochside (12-1)
2.25: Getback In Paris (9-1)
3.00: Crystal Ocean (6-4)
3.35: Growl (12-1)
Plus £2.50 each-way on Growl at 12-1 with bet365