One of the most exciting race meetings of the flat season in the United Kingdom gets underway on Tuesday as the Glorious Goodwood festival gets started. There will be 14 Group races between now and the end of the festival, with all eyes likely to be glued to the Goodwood Cup and the Nassau Stakes. However, there are a number of thrilling races in store for gamblers on the opening day of the festival, including the Molecomb Stakes and Lennox Stakes.
When: Tuesday 28th July 2020
Where: Goodwood Racecourse
How To Watch: ITV
Al Shaqab Goodwood Cup Stakes (Group 1)
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The biggest race of the week takes place on the opening day, as Stradivarius will be looking to make history by winning a fourth straight Goodwood Cup. No horse has achieved that feat in the past, but wins in 2017, 2018 and 2019 highlight that the John Gosden horse is the one to beat. The Group 1 race is run over two miles and horses aged three and over can be involved.
Stradivarius is the one to beat. His form has been impressive for the last couple of years, but his long winning run was finally brought to an end as he was beaten at Ascot last year. Since then, he finished third at Newmarket in June, before claiming a huge success in the Gold Cup at the Royal meeting. The only horse that will realistically be able to take on Stradivarius is Santiago. The three-year-old has won his last three, with the most recent of those coming at Curragh in June. The preference is for the newcomer to end Stradivarius’ dominance in this race.
Veuve Clicquot Vintage Stakes (Group 2)
The Group 2 action gets underway at Goodwood with a competitive looking Veuve Clicquot Stakes. The huge favourite for success in this race is Battleground for A P O’Brien. This two-year-old has been in excellent form over the course of this season, and will come into the race having won last time out at Royal Ascot. On that occasion, Battleground roared to success to win over March Law. However, there are a number of other contenders in the field.
Devious Company has been progressive throughout the season and has won two of his three starts. He could be good value for gamblers having impressed at Newmarket last time out to finish second. Dark Lion also won last time out at Wolverhampton but that was on the all-weather track. The preference for the win would be for Devious Company.
Qatar Lennox Stakes (Group 2)
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There is another competitive race in store in the Lennox Stakes. This race is run over seven furlongs and only horses aged three and over can be involved. The race was upgraded to Group 2 in 2003 and is the featured race of the first day. Sir Dancealot will be looking to create history this year by winning the race for a third time. That would make him the only horse that has achieved that feat.
However, his form over this year has been underwhelming. Regardless, he remains a contender after previous success in this race. Space Blues has been in excellent form after winning on his last two. Safe Voyage also claimed a success last time out. However, the preference would be for Duke Of Hazzard, who has been in decent form all season. He came third last time out, but has won three of his previous five starts over the past 12 months.