It's day one of the Glorious Goodwood festival and the Follow The Money team have two selections to back and one to oppose on a terrific afternoon of racing...
Kicking things off on day one of the Glorious Goodwood festival with our first positive mover of the day in the 14:00 1m2f Handicap, Stars Over The Sea has seen plenty of early backing having traded at a high of [18.0] but backed in to [11.5], which suggests a strong run may be on the cards today. Steadily recapturing his form under Mark Johnston, making an emphatic win look all too easy at Newbury last time out, suggests he's looking better than ever ahead of today's race. Being part of a strong stable challenge Stars Over The Sea is not to be dismissed and we feel an each-way wager looks a smart move.
Our second positive of the day is Boom The Groom in the 16:20 5f Handicap, with plenty of market support seeing his price come in from a high of [16.5] in to [8.2]. Back in the winning groove over 5f at Wolverhampton in February, and having remained in form since, the early support suggests Boom The Groom is set for a strong run in what's sure to be a fantastic but fiercely competitive race. He hasn't won on turf since 2013 but his best form came on a downhill track when third in the Dash at Epsom last year. The 5yo, with Adam Kirby in the saddle, can expect to go better again after a creditable run at Ascot in his latest run and we feel a Back bet could prove a great move.
Our negative today comes in the 15:10 7f Group 2 race where there has been a drift in price for Home Of The Brave, having gone from [3.1] out to [3.75]. Having gone up in class the highly likeable front-runner may struggle if he is not allowed to lead from the front and dictate the race in this much more competitive field. Dutch Connection looks to have stronger claims having finished a close second in this race last year and he looks set for another big run having shown he's in perfectly good form when filling the same position in Group 2 contests on two of his three starts this season. With this in mind we feel a Lay bet on Home Of The Brave looks a smart move.
Back Stars Over The Sea Each-way at [10.5] 14:00 Goodwood
Back Boom The Groom at [8.2] 16:20 Goodwood
Lay Home Of The Brave at [3.75] 15:10 Goodwood
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