Bets Of The Day: Beggar to get lucky for Griffiths at Goodwood
Two good Flat cards await on Sunday in the shape of Nottingham and Goodwood, and Alan Dudman has selections at both meetings...
"The speedster usually finishes strongly and that was the case in the "Dash" at Epsom last time. He ran with credit there when finishing around five lengths behind the winner - they just went a bit too quick for him."
Improvement still to come from Dods' charge
14:55 Nottingham - Back Farhh Away @ [6.0]
The betting for this three-year-old handicap is likely to be dominated by Sir Michael Stoute's Whitehall - who was rather popular on the Sportsbook last night and was backed into 13/8. I'm not a massive fan of tipping at those odds - so hopefully his presence will give us more of a price on Farhh Away.
It's early in Farhh's career as a stallion, but it looks as though the late-maturing types will be his thing rather than anything too precocious at two. His offspring all look as though they will stay well too.
Farhh Away caught the eye on his debut last year at Newcastle, but he really improved for the step up in trip at Ripon last time out for his handicap debut. He also appreciated the quicker terrain there.
He was driven in the race; and I put that down partly to the track and the fact he'll stay even further than today's trip of a mile.
This race is the same class, and the winner at Ripon (Weellan) ran well in a stronger affair on Saturday. With improvement shown in that handicap debut recently, Michael Dods' horse can improve again.
Beggar to build on recent Epsom performance
16:20 Goodwood - Back Lucky Beggar @ [4.50]
Trainer David Griffiths knows how to win races at Goodwood with his sprinters, and I am hoping he can get Lucky Beggar back to winning ways in this 5f handicap.
He is certainly well treated from 80 on last season's form. In fact, his effort in last summer's Glorious Goodwood meeting in the Stewards' Sprint makes him a decent bet for me. In that 6f contest he didn't quite get home in the soft ground and also met a bit of trouble in the closing stages.
He ran there from 88 - so he is handicapped to win.
The speedster usually finishes strongly and that was the case in the "Dash" at Epsom last time. He ran with credit there when finishing around five lengths behind the winner - they just went a bit too quick for him.
Ground isn't a problem, with form on soft and quick surfaces and he keeps the hood on that he wore at Epsom.
Alan's Bets of the Day - P/L
This week so far: -1.50
Previous week: -3.0
Back Farhh Away 0.5pt @ [6.0] in the 14:55 at Nottingham
Back Lucky Beggar 0.5pt @ [4.50] in the 16:20 at Goodwood