Qatar Goodwood Pageant 2023: The favourites

Goodwood, Horse Racing, Paddington


Royal Ascot, completed. July Pageant, within the books. It’s time for Wonderful Goodwood!

As flat season enters August, scorching on the heels of an all-time traditional King George VI renewal at Ascot, this week, West Sussex will get its flip within the highlight.

With 5 days of motion and 37 races on the cardboard, three Group 1 contests are on the slate.


However simply the place will the cash be this week?


Brit Braveness – 5/2 Betfred

Within the opening day’s most important occasion, the Al Shaqab Goodwood Cup takes the highlight and Braveness Mon Ami is the bookies’ favorite.

However solely simply.

Now unbeaten in 4, the 4yo gelding sprung a relative upset to win the Ascot Gold Cup at 15/2, edging Coltrane by just below a size.

The latter was fourth on this contest final yr – behind the nonetheless absent Kyprios – and the duo lock horns as soon as extra over the shorter journey.

WHAT A RACE! @FrankieDettori wins the Gold Cup aboard Braveness Mon Ami! #RoyalAscot 🏆

— At The Races (@AtTheRaces) June 22, 2023

Maybe the one slight caveat this week for the mount of Frankie Dettori lies on this summer time’s unpredictable climate.

Ascot’s turf this previous weekend had somewhat extra juice in it, however was nonetheless near good to smooth and can probably be for the off on Tuesday.

Braveness Mon Ami’s two wins since gelding have each been on firmer floor – together with at Goodwood in Might.

In conclusion, Coltrane and probably Eldar Eldarov might push, however this contender ought to have sufficient braveness, my good friend.


Good Paddington – 8/15 William Hill

By no means thoughts marmalade sandwiches, it’s been caviar on a plate from the magical Paddington.

The 3yo goes for an astonishing seventh win in-a-row in Wednesday’s Sussex Stakes.

Unbeaten since an Ascot debut final September, Aidan O’Brien’s colt has develop into the toast of Ballymore.

Such is the calibre of the son of Siyouni, Paddington isn’t any one-trick pony; he’s gained in all situations.

His final outing on the softer turf noticed victory within the Coolmore on the Curragh initially of Might, and although amongst stronger firm seems the overwhelming favorite.

Certainly, maybe solely Inspiral – Frankie’s different most important hope this week – might maintain a candle.

The one query now could be, simply when would possibly his successful streak finish?

At 2/5, that’s unlikely to be this week; Paddington is poised to make it tremendous seven.


GNashing of enamel – 2/1 BoyleSports

Transferring on, Nashwa then seems to develop into the primary horse since Noon to defend the Nassau Stakes.

Storming again to victory in final month’s Falmouth Stakes, Hollie Doyle rode the filly’s first win since that final journey to Goodwood 12 months again.

Heading off Richard Hannon’s whopping 40/1 shot Aristia, rain could be a slight concern for John and Thady Gosden.

Nonetheless, Nashwa nonetheless has a good document in mentioned situations, with a win in France final summer time.

The teen’s most important problem seems to return from the unbeaten-in-five Blue Rose Cen.

It’s value contemplating although, having not run since late June, all 5 wins for the Irish woman have been on French soil.

And, with the bit between her enamel, we’re anticipating one other gutsy outing from Nashwa.


Prancing Princess – 11/8 William Hill

As we full our take a look at the large names, is that this lastly the week Highfield Princess re-asserts her authority?

Lining up within the King George Qatar Stakes, the Yorkshire-based French marvel is but to win this season, however the effort is there.

Placing on a much-improved exhibiting on this yr’s Jubilee Stakes, the Princess was nonetheless compelled to look at Khaadem romp to a surprising victory.

Earlier than that, runners-up within the Kings Stand and the Clipper Stakes at York have come this season however to date, the items haven’t fairly fallen.

That could possibly be about to vary at Goodwood.

Having been third within the 2021 Whispering Oak, her final win got here on the smooth on the Curragh final September.

Over the identical 5f journey, Highfield Princess is presently a full 7pts up within the markets over her rivals.

Following on from a good weekend at Ascot for Jason Hart, this may absolutely be the return to successful methods for this superb mare.

Author: Patrick Thomas