We have some excellent racing this week ,with Glorious Goodwood five day festival starting on Tuesday .This is one my favourite meetings of the year, and will be my first visit since 2012 .I will be making 190 miles trip, from east coast on early Thursday morning for two days .Hopefully it will be profitable week .
On day one the feature race is the £300.000 group two Lennox Stakes at 3.10 .On ground described as good/firm .
8 runners declared for 7 furlong Lennox Stakes at Goodwood .The three main contenders are Dutch Connection , Home Of The Brave & Birchwood .
DUTCH CONNECTION : Consistent 4-Y-0 colt,winning 3 out 13,including winning group three Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot last season.Also finished good second in this race last year .Has been in good form this season, without winning ,finishing creditable second in Summer Mile at Ascot last time .Should go well ,with conditions to suit .
HOME OF THE BRAVE : Useful front running 4-Y-0 Colt ,winning 4 out 9 .Been in excellent form this season ,winning both the King Richard 111 listed stakes & Group three Timeform Jury Stakes.Yet to prove himself in group two company,though this track should suit his front running style .
BIRCHWOOD : Decent 3-Y-0 colt ,winning 4 out 10 .Had some useful form as 2-Y-0 last season , including winning the group two Superlative Stakes at Newmarket .Showed nothing in first two starts this season ,though bounced back to form last time ,winning 7 furlong listed race at Chester .This looks much stronger race ,though can't be ruled out on his 2-Y-0 form .
VERDICT : DUTCH CONNECTION has been knocking on the door in group two company recently,and will relish the return to Goodwood over 7 furlongs on fast ground .Has excellent record at this trip (21311) .Can land this valuable £170,000 first prize.Odds around 5-2 look solid value.
DUTCH CONNECTION 3.10 GOODWOOD
£80.00 WIN @ 5-2 BET VICTOR .PADDY POWER*
(WINNER SP 9-4F PROFIT £200.00 )