El Astronaute

El Astronaute a day one dish at Glorious Goodwood

THE weather is set fair for Glorious Goodwood. A week of sunshine looks certain and despite the ground being good (good to soft in places) on the opening day, by the time Saturday comes around conditions should be riding as quick as you like.

The racing is fantastic and, as always, there are fabulous opportunities for punters to take on the bookies. So if you are looking for some value check out some of todays horse racing tips below, which focus on some of the leading hopes of the north on the first two days of the five-day meeting.


RAINBOW REBEL (1.50): Is in the form of his life and despite a welter burden you cannot write off anything that Mark Johnston sends down from Middleham.

DARK VISION (2.25): Unbeaten in two starts, he has been highly impressive and is unexposed. However this is a warm race (see below).

COSMIC LAW (2.25): The Woodcote winner fluffed his lines in a red-hot Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot but the longer trip and a decent draw will help. Richard Fahey has his team in great form.

DROGON (2.25): Extremely likeable debut was followed up by an easy maiden victory. This imposing colt falls into the “could be anything” category for Tom Dascombe.

SUEDOIS (3.00): Talented horse who David O’Meara loves. His turn will come and it could be today.

GAINSBOROUGH HAT (4.10): When William Buick gets on a juvenile debutante for Mark Johnston, the hint should be taken.

EL ASTRONAUTE (4.45): John Quinn’s speed freak has been in great form this season and he won this race last year. Well drawn to bag the stands rail if he can trap quickly from the stalls.


NORTHWEST FRONTIER (1.50): Rapidly improving and has an attractive profile for this race. Richard Fahey’s stayer is a strong traveller and will have to be switched off by Paul Hanagan. However, he may have to go some to topple Lil Rockerfeller, who looks ridiculously well handicapped.

MAKING MIRACLES (2.25): Mark Johnston has booked Ryan Moore for this improving three-year-old. Enough said. This progressive middle-distance horse looks a real staying type and the only worry is that he is coming down in trip. But if he can get an easy lead he could be very difficult to pass in the home straight.

VINTAGE BRUT (3.00): Tim Easterby’s two-year-old did not give his running at Ascot although there were valid excuses. On a retrieval mission, Vintage Brut had earlier won the National Stakes at Sandown, which is always a good barometer for measuring some of the better speedy juveniles.

LORD GLITTERS (3.35): Second in a Group One, he has been knocking on the door and looks excellent each-way value at 16/1 for O’Meara and Danny Tudhope. He does have a habit of finding one too good but he is ultra consistent. The two three-year-olds, Without Parole and expert Eye, look very good but offer little value.

JUNEAU (4.45): Has been a revelation for Mark Johnston with four victories and cannot be discounted.

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