Most fans may not have the opportunity to attend most of this months’ series of events—but that won’t affect the thrills, fun, and anxiety that is associated with the interesting head-to-head races expected. The 1st day in the month of August 2020 will feature the Day 5 of the Glorious Goodwood event, while the Ebor Festival is scheduled to hold from the 19th August to the 22nd August 2020. Both events are expected to have lots of thrills, disappointment, losses, and wins.
The first few days of the Goodwood event featured Mohaather producing a dramatic Sussex Stakes victory, and Dettori steering Stradivarinus to glory under a late drive. The remaining days are expected to be fun-filled before it climaxes on Day 5. Hopes are high for some punters while some are already counting their losses; whichever side you’re on, it’s sure going to be an eventful competition, and an August to look forward to.
Stewards’ Cup: Lexington may dash rivals’ hopes
The last nine editions of the stewards’ cup were won six times by horses in the age range of three to four years, and there are other horses in the same age range who has either secured a spot in the 28-runner field or require few horses to pull-out of the competition for them to run.
The expectations are on a progressive, and lightly raced horses are to carry the day, of which Nahaarr, who is currently the Stewards’ cup punters favourite exemplifies. Meraas, Watan, Swindler, and Lexington Dash are also racers to look out for.
Every index shows that Nahaarr improves with time, having an impressive performance at Newbury over 6f last time out—Although, it appears that Greenness made him settle for the third spot at Ascot.
Some people suspect that Watan can come up with a surprising performance at Goodwood, although Watan’s form currently read 112 after the defeat it suffered in the hands of match-fit Nahaarr. That defeat was its first official race in 378 days, having come sixth his previous competition. Having been considered a Group 1 calibre at 7f in the previous season, hopes are high that he will have a better outing in his Newbury run.
Hannon yard is pretty familiar with Glorious Goodwood victories, and that adds to his chances of coming out on top in the stewards’ cup—a 14/1 is not a bad wager here.
However, Lexington Dash is a top pick for the stewards’ cup as some predictive indices show that he’s a top contender and should be among the best-backed horses.
Lexington has already jumped 18lb up the handicap after three runs, while he only came fourth last time it attempted the hat-trick—although it appears that Newmarkets’ soft ground wasn’t exactly conducive for him then. Being a descendant of Siyouni, whose progeny hasn’t exactly been known for top-notch performance on heavy or soft ground, but always have an impressive result
Since the venue of the Stewards’ Cup is a great one, it’s expected that Lexington will give an impressive performance.
A Dicey Month for Punters
In the ante-post perspective of races in the Ebors Festival, punters will be looking for a way to cut-down those with a high probability of losing from the runner list. However, the top-notch skills of participators in these events make it difficult for punters to make an educated guess about the winner—especially with some major upsets in previous events, it’s beginning to seem increasingly difficult to separate potential winners from losers. As such, it’s best to listen to tips from an expert in the sport, such as Peter Scudamore’s expert horseracing tips, as they are quite reliable. Scu brings up race predictions using his insight from an illustrious career in the sport, and insider knowledge from sources who work with organizers of horse racing events.
Stakes are high this August, and opportunities abound for punters who can predict right.
Anxious wait for fans
The UK government has decided to remain in the containment stage, although most of the sporting events have resumed in the country. With the month of August featuring one of the biggest races in the north, there are rumours that we may witness a considerable low number of people for Yorks’ Ebor Festival, which is scheduled to run from 19th August to 22nd August.
Last year’s Ebor festival saw Mustajeer winning the £1m prize to become the first horse to win the handicap on the flat in Britain. This year’s event is going to have lower priced money because the York racecourse made a 50% reduction in its price money due to a loss of 80% of its normal annual revenue, which comes from attendance of events and race meetings at the racecourse.
York is still making tickets available for the festival, as they still hope that few spectators will make it to the event.
Frankie Dettori and Stradivarius already made history by becoming the first four-time winners of the Goodwood Cup. Is a record going to be set in this years’ Un-festive Ebor festival? We can only wait.
Ghaiyyath sets sights on Juddmonte International
Some punters expect Ghaiyyath to gallop its way into history books to win the £1 million prize for the Group 1 race—this is due to its impressive performances in the coronation cup final before lowering the colours of Enable at Sandown.
Ghaiyyath is set to make a comeback at Juddmonte International before heading to the Prix d l’Arc de Triomphe later in the year. Ghaiyyath had an eye-catching European return—defeating all its rivals in the Coronation Cup, as such, expectations are quite high for it to come out strong in preceding events. It’s expected that a rematch of the Coronation cup final will happen in France, but Appleby’s immediate goal is to have a victorious run at Juddmonte International. Horse racing analysts believe that it’s a dream within reach.
Golden Pal set to exploit 24lb advantage against Battaash in epic Nunthorpe
New revelations suggest that Norfolk stakes runner-up Golden Pal may race against some of the most prolific sprinters at Coolmore Nunthorpe that’s scheduled for 21st August this year.
Group 1 is expected to run over five furlongs—this allows elders and juvenile to face each other. Battaash could face Art Power and Golden Pal in what’s expected to be a must-watch race on the Knavesmire.
Golden Pal is weighted with 8st 1lb while the six-year-old and punters favourite is set to carry 9st 11lb, which equates to an allowance of 24lb. Bookmakers estimate the chance of the two-year-old winning to 10-1.