The 32 Red Cup or Stewards Cup. Who really cares? All we want to find is the winner and hopefully Lewis Jones’ tipping prowess is bang on today. He’s been rather hit and miss this week but he is a big fan of these big runner handicaps and a winner could be just around the corner….
It was a shame to see Captain Cat declared a non-runner at Goodwood yesterday as I’m sure he would have gone close in a race that would have been run to suit.
The other selection, Quest For Peace, ran well without ever threatening but would be of interest back at Goodwood later this season.
Moving onto today and it would be great to finish the festival with a winner.
It’s been a great Goodwood as always with Kingman and Ivawood two very horses, who delivered the goods when it mattered most.
It’s unlikely we’ll see a horse of that quality in today’s Group One, where a substandard level of fillies go to post in the Nassau Stakes. I’m swerving that race and concentrating on the 32Red Cup, who controversially replaced the traditional name (Stewards Cup) with their own sponsorship title. Instead of backing each way in a notoriously tough race.
I’m willing to back two horses in the win market.
Sir Maximillan has been a huge favourite of this column this season without actually landing us a touch. Hopefully today is the day and we can get 25/1 for our money. Ever since Tim Pitt’s star sprinter won a hot handicap at Chester, I’ve been on this horse’s tail.
He was pulled out of the Wokingham Stakes but bounced back to win a handicap at the Curragh with an authoritative performance. He’s undoubtedly a better horse on easier going but under this 6lb penalty, he is still maybe just ahead of his current mark of 101, which brings forward just how highly we rate this strong travelling sort.
Also, Shropshire is hard to ignore around the 25/1 mark for trainer Charlie Hills. He’s been off the tracks or nearly a year but is a talented customer that relishes these big field handicaps.
Like Sir Maximillan he is a strong travelling sort and has a dynamite turn of foot. William Buick is in confident form after picking up three winners at the festival this week and he is a reliable jock for a race like the Stewards Cup.
Get on both selections with one point win stakes.
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