Big Orange the big gamble on day one at Goodwood Qatar Goodwood Festival - Preview and Odds
by Abi Moses on 1st August, 2017


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Big Orange the big gamble on day one at Goodwood


One of the highlights of the British flat-racing season will get underway on Tuesday as the Qatar Goodwood Festival begins. 


The five-day 'Glorious Goodwood' meeting will start with a highly competitive 16-horse handicap, with Big Orange's quest for a Goodwood Cup treble the feature race on day one. 


Here at Betting Sites we will offer a preview of all races throughout what is expected to be an exciting week of racing. 


13:50 – Matchbook Betting Exchange Handicap 

The opening race of the festival is a wide-open, 16 runner handicap, run over 1m1f. Mark Johnston has won this race four times in eight years but has no entries this year. In such a big field, luck in-running will be important. In-form Richard Fahey trains bookies' favourite, Garcia, with Ryan Moore on board hoping to get his Festival off to a flyer.  


Race Odds (courtesy of Bet365) 

Garcia - 9/2 

Uae Prince - 15/2 

Khairaat - 8/1 

Murad Khan - 9/1 

Abdon - 12/1 

Eddystone Rock - 12/1 

Oasis Fantasy - 12/1 


14:25 – Qatar Vintage Stakes (Group 2) 

The bookmakers' odds suggest this could be a three-horse race. Aiden O'Brien, along with Richard Hannon, have been the race's dominant trainers in the past, winning six of the last seven between them. Hannon's Sallab is unfancied but O'Brien is in with a great chance with Seahenge. The Sir Michael Stoute-trained Expert Eye has been installed as favourite after an impressive win in a novice at Newbury. The horses in third and fourth that day have since gone on to win.  


Race Odds 

Expert Eye - 9/4 

Seahenge - 3/1 

Mildenberger - 11/2 

James Garfield - 10/1 

Zaman - 10/1 

Cold Stare - 12/1 


15:00 – Qatar Lennox Stakes (Group 2) 

Limato and Librisa Breeze lead the betting market in this high-class 7f race, in a re-run of Royal Ascot's Diamond Jubilee Stakes. Both horses finished behind The Tin Man that day but have great chances of being first past the post at Goodwood. Limato finished almost two lengths clear of Librisa Breeze at Ascot and is better drawn here, but Librisa Breeze should fare better for that Ascot run – her first of the season. Spirit of Valor has a big chance for Aiden O'Brien and Ryan Moore. 


Race Odds 

Limato - 3/1 

Librisa Breeze - 11/2 

Spirit of Valor - 15/2 

Home OF The Brace - 15/2 

Dream Castle - 8/1 

Aclaim - 12/1 

Dutch Connection - 14/1 


15:35 – Qatar Goodwood Cup Stakes (Group 1) 

The big race of the day is all about one horse, Big Orange. Winner of this race in 2015 and 2016, Michael Bell's front runner will aim to make all and become the first horse to win three consecutive Goodwood Cups. Boosted by victory in the Ascot Gold Cup and the return to the saddle of Frankie Dettori, Big Orange will be the heaviest backed horse on day one, possibly the most popular of the entire week. 


Race Odds 

Big Orange – Evens 

US Army Ranger - 10/1 

Stradivarius - 12/1 

Sheikhzayedroad - 12/1 

Wicklow Brave - 16/1 

Higher Power - 16/1 


16:10 – Irish Thoroughbred Marketing EBF Maiden Stakes 

Tribal Quest is the one to beat in this maiden, as Godolphin target back-to-back wins in the race. Richard Hannon won the race in 2015 and Algam, ridden by Frankie Dettori, will be backed heavily if Dettori impresses on Big Orange in the feature race. 


Race Odds 

Tribal Quest - 2/1 

Rebel Streak - 5/1 

Oliver Reed - 7/1 

Algam - 15/2 


16:45 – New & Lingwood Handicap 

In a wide-open handicap over 5f, the draw could prove to be crucial here. Suggestions are that experts favour a high draw, with favourite, Atletico, drawn in stall 12. Earlier races should give an indication on what part of the track is fastest today. 


Race Odds 

Atletico - 4/1 

Dark Shot - 6/1 

Vibrant Chords - 13/2 

Boom The Groom - 13/2 

A Momentofmadness - 8/1 


17:15 – Smarter Bets With Matchbook Betting Exchange Fillies' Handicap 

Favourite, Tribute Act, made it three wins from four races at Doncaster two weeks ago. Although she won with a bit in hand over 12/1 shot, Shenanigans, in that race, Tribute Act has been pushed up 5lb in the weights since then. Ryan Moore rides Amabilis for last year's winning trainer, Ralph Beckett. Amabilis was far from disgraced when second in a 7f maiden at the Festival last year to subsequent 1,000 Guineas runner-up, Rhododendron. Beckett's 3-year old eased to victory in her reappearance at Chelmsford City in June, winning over 1 mile by almost four lengths. 


Race Odds 

Tribute Act - 11/4 

Pretty Asset - 9/2 

Amabilis - 6/1 

Ghadaayer - 15/2 

 

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