After getting off the mark with his Day 4 Nap, Nick Hardman is back in an effort to end the festival with a flourish!
A big sigh of relief as Montiridge (NAP) wins on Friday and I just hope anyone brave enough (or daft enough!) to follow my NAP took the 7/4 on Wednesday evening!
On to the final day and here are my thoughts for Saturday.
Goodwood Day 5 (03/08/2013)
2.40 RAC Handicap – Elidor (NAP) @8/1 or higher
For Saturday’s NAP I am going to skip the two feature races (Nassau Stakes and Stewards Cup) and concentrate on the RAC handicap at 2.40. The one I like at the current prices is Mick Channon’s ELIDOR.
This season he has finished second in the Derby Trial at Lingfield and was beaten just a length by Libertarian at Pontefract in April. His first foray into handicap company was in the King George V handicap at Royal Ascot where he was an impressive winner at 20/1. That day he beat the re-opposing Bold Sniper who has won since and Cap O’Rushes who went on to finish fourth in the Irish Derby and then won here at Goodwood earlier in the week.
That is solid form and, despite a 5lb rise, he should run a big race. Currently 8/1 with William Hill you can always spread the risk a little by backing him each way with Bet365 who go 1/4 odds, 3 places (no price with them at the moment). Mark Johnston is mob handed and Royal Skies looks the best of his trio.
I will be having a bet on the feature races, even though my NAP is from earlier on the card.
It is hard to ignore the chances of Richard Hannon’s Sky Lantern in the Nassau Stakes. Her form is rock solid and Hannon’s horses have swept most before them at this meeting, including a double in the first two races on Friday as I type this.
If Sky Lantern gets this slightly longer trip then she probably wins. However, I cannot get involved at the current 2/1. Having said that, I can’t see many of these beating her with the exception of INTEGRAL.
Ultra impressive (and ultra green!) in 2 starts to date, Sir Michael Stoute’s filly may well have the raw talent to win this. At 11/2 I’m happy to back her with William Hill.
In the Stewards Cup it is the usual lottery with a number of handicappers re-opposing on various different terms. I always like to take a couple of lively each-way types for this sort of race. My two against the field will be SHROPSHIRE @14/1 with Ryan Moore on board and REX IMPERATOR @16/1.
Good luck to everyone whatever you fancy!