Today's Horse Racing Tips: Mambo Nights to score at Goodwood

Chris Baker has three tips from Goodwood on Wednesday
Chris Baker has three tips from Goodwood on Wednesday

Sky Defender (SP 33/1) finished second in the ten-furlong handicap at Goodwood yesterday and Space Blues (advised at 5/2) was a really impressive winner of the Lennox Stakes. The Godolphin-owned four-year-old looked a Group 1 winner in waiting and will reportedly head to France next.

I have picked out three bets for today’s racing at Goodwood.

Goodwood Tips

14:15 – 1m4f Unibet 3 Boosts A Day Handicap (Class 2)

The Richard Hannon-trained MAMBO NIGHTS (NAP – 1 point win bet at 9/1) has improved with each of his six starts to date and comes here on a hat-trick following wins at Sandown and Ripon since racing resumed in June. His latest victory, which came by a comfortable 2.5 lengths, was his first over the 1m 4f trip and he saw it out well. His ability to switch off during his races helps him over this distance and there looks to be plenty more improvement to come. He has previous experience of Goodwood, will encounter his optimum ground conditions and has Andrea Atzeni in the saddle again. A Star Above, also chasing his third consecutive win, rates as the biggest danger.


14:15 Goodwood
Mambo Nights silk

Mambo Nights


14:45 – 5f Markel Insurance Molecomb Stakes (Group 3)

Steel Bull made a really impressive racecourse debut at Naas last week and looks the most likely winner of this sprint contest. However, slight preference is for BEN MACDUI (0.5 point each way bet at 16/1), who has a similar profile to Steel Bull but is over four times the price!  Kevin Ryan’s two-year-old was a cosy winner at Hamilton on his debut two weeks ago and is reported to have improved plenty for that run. His experience of Hamilton should stand him in good stead here, and Group 1-winning jockey Kevin Stott takes the ride again.


14:45 Goodwood
Ben Macdui silk

Ben Macdui (EW)


15:15 – 1m Qatar Sussex Stakes (Group 1)

This is an incredibly strong renewal of the Sussex Stakes and as I said in the podcast, I am keen to take on the favourite Siskin. Whilst he is undoubtedly very classy (unbeaten in five including the Irish 2000 Guineas), he seems a little temperamental (withdrawn at Newmarket for being unruly in the stalls) and the mile trip is likely to be at top end of his stamina range (a little bit like Pinatubo).  

Although his Ascot victory was visually impressive, I am also taking on Mohaather, who is yet to win at Group 1 level and has been beaten in two of his last three starts. My opinion on Wichita and Vatican City is that they are both very good horses but not quite good enough against today’s opposition.

That leaves Kameko and Circus Maximus. I am a huge fan of Kameko and it is hard to go against the 2000 Guineas winner. However, based on my opinion that he is likely to be at his very best over ten-furlongs, I am selecting the out-and-out miler CIRCUS MAXIMUS (1 point win bet at 11/2) as my bet. Aidan O’Brien’s three-time Group 1 winner looks overpriced and can follow up his Queen Anne victory at Royal Ascot. He has a great attitude and was second in this race last year. Whatever happens, this looks a race to savour.


15:15 Goodwood
Circus Maximus silk

Circus Maximus

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