Today's Horse Racing Tips: Celsius to soar at Goodwood

Chris Baker has five tips on day one of Glorious Goodwood.
Chris Baker has five tips on day one of Glorious Goodwood.

It is the opening day of ‘Glorious Goodwood’. The feature is, of course, the Group 1 Goodwood Cup at 15:15, a race that Stradivarius will be trying to win for the fourth consecutive year. Today’s opposition will include the Irish Derby winner Santiago, who has the advantage of a 15 lb weight allowance.  

The latest podcast features a full preview of that race, as well as some of the week’s other big contests. I have picked out five bets for today.

Goodwood Tips

13:45 – 1m2f Unibet You’re On Handicap (Class 2)

Cieren Fallon can land another big winner courtesy of the in-form CAPE CAVALLI (1 point win bet at 11/2). Simon and Ed Crisford’s four-year-old has finished in the first three in all but one of his nine starts on turf and recorded his second career victory at York last time out. That came by a very comfortable 3.75-lengths and he deservedly steps up in class today. He has the advantage of a previous victory at Goodwood and should encounter ideal ground conditions.

If Cape Cavalli was to underperform, then SKY DEFENDER (0.5 point win bet at 25/1) and YOU’RE HIRED (0.5 point win bet at 33/1) both have solid claims at big prices. Sky Defender has won three of his last eight races and beat several of these at Epsom two starts back. He represents trainer Mark Johnston, who has a good record at Goodwood and has won this race three times in the past eight years. 

You’re Hired was a close fifth at Epsom having scored by 14-lengths at Newmarket on his seasonal reappearance. His five previous visits to Goodwood have produced one win (over this ten-furlong distance) and two placed efforts, so he clearly likes it here.


13:45 Goodwood
Cape Cavalli silk

Cape Cavalli



13:45 Goodwood
Sky Defender silk

Sky Defender



13:45 Goodwood
You're Hired silk

You're Hired


14:45 – 7f Qatar Lennox Stakes (Group 2)

Charlie Appleby saddles three for this Group 2 contest and the pick of them looks to be SPACE BLUES (1 point win bet at 5/2). This four-year-old son of Dubawi has improved with each run and recently added a Group 3 to his two Listed successes. That took his overall record to 5-11 with four of those wins coming over the seven-furlong trip. It would be no surprise to see this Godolphin-owned horse step back up into Group 1 company in the coming months. He was placed behind Too Darn Hot and Advertise in his two runs at the highest level last season and that represents top class form. The consistent pair Safe Voyage and Marie’s Diamond complete the shortlist.


14:45 Goodwood
Space Blues silk

Space Blues


15:45 – 5f Qatar Handicap (Class 2)

In a race full of older, more exposed sprinters, preference is for one of the four-year-olds CELSIUS (NAP – 1 point win bet at 10/3), who has won five of his 11 starts on turf to date. One of those wins came over this course and distance last season, and he opened his account for 2020 at Haydock last month. With a strong pace likely, the race should set up perfectly for this confirmed hold up horse.


15:45 Goodwood
Celsius silk


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