Ribchester and Churchill get set for the 'Dual on the Downs' Qatar Goodwood Festival - Preview and Odds
by Abi Moses on 2nd August, 2017 and updated 2nd August, 2017 12:14pm


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Ribchester and Churchill get set for the 'Dual on the Downs'


The Qatar Goodwood Festival got underway on Tuesday and one of the highlights of the British flat-racing calendar did not disappoint. Hot favouriteBig Orange was finally beaten in the Goodwood Cup after two consecutive wins, with race winner, Stradivarius, giving jockey, Andrea Atzeni, his third win of the day on his way to an incredible 8,344/1 four-timer. 


Expert Eye's impressive win in the Vintage Stakes meant the bookies didn't have it all their own way on day one. Here at Betting Sites, we take a take a look at day two's racing. 


13:50 - Matchbook Betting Exchange Goodwood Handicap 

The day's opener will give punters the chance to get their day off to a flyer. With no favourite winning this race in ten years and Bet365 paying for four places, an each-way bet could be popular. Last year's winner, Star Rider, returns to defend her crown, albeit from 9lb higher. The progressive, Hawkerland comes here chasing a hat-trick and currently heads the betting.  


Race Odds (courtesy of Bet365): 

Hawkerland - 11/2 

Star Rider - 8/1 

Aurora Gray - 8/1 

Golden Doyen - 9/1 

Taws - 10/1 

October Storm - 12/1 

 

14:25 – Better Odds With Matchbook Betting Exchange Handicap 

Secret Advisor's reputation would have been enhanced yesterday after Stradivarius' Goodwood Cup triumph. The three-year old run on to finish third in the Queen's Vase at Royal Ascot, behind Big Orange's conqueror. Mark Johnston has been successful in this race in the past, winning twice in recent years. Johnston has three runners this year, with the Ryan Moore-ridden, Sofia's Rock, seemingly preferred to Londinium and Hochfeld. 


Race Odds 

On To Victory - 5/1 

Secret Advisor - 5/1 

Sofia's Rock - 15/2 

First Nation - 9/1 

Londinium - 9/1 

Hochfeld - 10/1 


15:00 – Bombay Sapphire Molecomb Stakes 

US trainer, Wesley Ward, has an excellent record with two-year olds in races in the UK and has a top chance with Happy Like A Fool. Beaten by Heartache in the Queen Mary at Royal Ascot, Happy Like A Fool could go one better on the faster Goodwood track. Another who likes the fast ground is Havana Grey. Kathy Burke's charge bounced back from a poor display at Royal Ascot to make all when winning the National Stakes at Sandown last month. To Wafij could be one of Andrea Atzeni's best hopes of adding to his four wins on day one.  


Race Odds 

Havana Grey - 4/1 

Happy Like A Fool - 4/1 

Invincible Army - 5/1 

To Wafij - 9/1 

Sound And Silence - 11/1 

 

15:35 – Qatar Sussex Stakes 

Racing fans will hope that the day's feature race lives up to its billing. The 'Dual on the Downs' will see dual 2,000 Guineas winner, Churchill up against Queen Anne Stakes winner, Ribchester. After winning the Queen Anne in a course record time, Ribchester will start as favourite, but don't write off Churchill's chances of bouncing back from a disappointing Royal Ascot. Zelzal is seen as the best of the rest and with Frankie Dettori taking the saddle, he cannot be written off. 


Race Odds 

Ribchester - 11/10 

Churchill - 2/1 

Zelzal - 9/1 

Lightning Spear - 22/1 

Lancaster Bomber - 28/1 


16:10 – Markel Insurance Maiden Fillies' Stakes 

A tough looking maiden. Mushahadaat is the bookies' favourite after an encouraging debut at Newbury two weeks ago. Lady Dancealot was back in third that day. Trainer, Brian Meehan has a good record in the race with two wins in ten years, Mushahadaat could, therefore be the one to beat. 


Race Odds 

Mushahadaat - 11/4 

Lamya - 11/2 

Lady Dancealot - 9/1 

Your Choice - 9/1 

Pulitzer - 14/1 

Teenage Gal - 14/1 

Threading - 14/1 


16:45 – EBF Breeders' Series Fillies' Handicap 

The progressive, White Chocolate, could bounce back against Titi Makfi. Mark Johnston's Titi Makfi won her first four starts, including that win over White Chocolate at Chester, but is now 5lb worse off against her nearest challenger. Indulged and Three Duchesses are both on a hat-trick, whilst Skiffle could be an interesting selection. Running for the in-form Godolphin stable, Skiffle makes her handicap debut in first-time cheekpieces. 


Race Odds 

Titi Makfi - 9/2 

White Chocolate - 5/1 

Indulged - 11/2 

Skiffle - 6/1 

Three Duchesses - 8/1 

 

17:50 – Cantor Fitzgerald Handicap 

The day ends with a wide-open handicap. Sun Lover currently leads the betting markets. The Roger Varian-trained four-year old has gone close when a beaten favourite in each of his last two starts. Saddled by man-of-the-moment, Andrea Atzeni, Sun Lover can go close again from a good draw. Sinfonietta would surely be a shorter price if not for a tough stall 17 draw. 


Race Odds 

Sun Lover - 5/1 

Sinfonietta - 5/1 

War Glory - 15/2 

Medieval - 9/1 

Medburn Dream - 12/1 

Truth Or Dare - 12/1 

Noble Peace - 12/1 


Betting Sites will offer daily tips and previews all week at Goodwood. To place a bet on any horse running at the Qatar Goodwood Festival, sign up with betting partner, Bet365 today.


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