Today's Horse Racing Tips: Encounter to score at Goodwood

Chris Baker has three tips at Goodwood on Friday.
Chris Baker has three tips at Goodwood on Friday.

It has been a pretty good start to the Qatar Goodwood Festival for me, with winners at 5/2, 9/1 and 12/1 as well as placed horses at 33/1, 16/1 (advised EW) and 11/2. I have picked out three bets for today’s action, which sees the mighty Battaash go for a fourth King George Stakes victory at 15:15.

Goodwood Tips

13:45 – 7f Saint Clair Oak Tree Stakes (Group 3)

One Master and Breathtaking Look were both tipped up for their last starts with the latter named mare also given a very favourable mention on this week’s Goodwood podcast. However, I have decided to oppose them today in favour of the progressive Charlie Appleby-trained filly ALTHIQA (1 point win bet at 13/2). This daughter of Dark Angel has made a fine start to her career, winning three of her four starts to date and finishing third on the other occasion. Her latest victory came in a Listed race at Deauville and confirmed her as very smart over the seven-furlong trip. William Buick takes the ride again and fast ground should be ideal.


13:45 Goodwood
Althiqa silk



14:45 – 1m Unibet Golden Mile Handicap (Class 2)

Despite this being a typically competitive renewal of the Golden Mile Handicap, I am more than happy to side with the favourite PROMPTING (1 point win bet at 7/2). David O’Meara’s rapidly improving four-year-old is unbeaten in two starts on turf and is ahead of the handicapper under a 3 lb penalty. That was acquired as a result of his comfortable York victory last week and although this is a step up in class, he will carry just 8-4, which is 20 lbs lower than the top weight Urban Icon. The step back up to a mile should be no problem given the way he has finished his races off recently, and this will be jockey Harry Bentley’s only ride of the day. Vale Of Kent and Montatham complete the shortlist.


14:45 Goodwood
Prompting silk



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15:45 – 1m4f L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate Glorious Stakes (Group 3)

This looks a very good opportunity for DESERT ENCOUNTER (NAP – 1 point win bet at 9/4) to win this race for the second year in a row. David Simcock’s runner is eight years of age now but retains plenty of ability, as shown when landing a Grade 1 at the end of last season; his fourth consecutive victory. He is at his best between now and the end of the season and comes here off the back of a third-place finish in a Group 2 at Newmarket last time out. Communique rates as the biggest danger.


15:45 Goodwood
Desert Encounter silk

Desert Encounter

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