Water Hole to strike for Gosden at Goodwood

The sixth race on day 2 of Glorious Goodwood is a nine furlong all-aged handicap. Water Hole John Gosden has another big day on Wednesday with Kingman odds-on favourite for the Group 1 Sussex Stakes. He saddles the likely favourite in this race with the filly Water Hole, a lightly-raced daughter of Oasis Dream. She ran twice on the all-weather last year, finishing second to Kind Invitation before winning her… Read More »

Highland Reel can put bookies in a spin

The bookmakers definitely had the better of things on the opening day of Glorious Goodwood as only one favourite prevailed. As usual, the twists and turns of the Sussex course left a trail of hard luck stories including the narrow defeat of Beacon in the Molecomb Stakes. Highland Reel Punters will be hoping for better fortune when Aidan O’Brien’s impressive 12-length Gowran Park winner Highland Reel lines up in the… Read More »

Trust in Steele at the Barracuda

The Barracuda Championship, or Reno-Tahoe Open, is scored on a modified stableford method so that is worth bearing in mind this week. Brendan Steele Gary Woodland scored a record 44 birdies and eagles over 72 holes a year ago on his way to victory. Clearly attacking play is the way to go here and Brendan Steele is our first selection. He has shown his liking for this event with two… Read More »

Tiger the value bet at Firestone

The Bridgestone Invitational is the headline event in the world of golf this week at Firestone Country Club. With a limited field and no cut, this is probably as close as you could get to a major championship. Tiger Woods It isn’t often that you see Tiger Woods chalked up at 15.0, especially as defending champion and an eight times winner of the event. However, bookmakers are obviously not convinced… Read More »

Kingman to reign in Sussex Stakes

John Gosden’s Irish 2000 Guineas winner Kingman is set to clash with last year’s winner Toronado in the Group 1 Sussex Stakes at Goodwood on Wednesday. Kingman The son of Invincible Spirit was agonisingly denied classic success at Newmarket in the spring when beaten half a length by Night Of Thunder. It could be argued that the colt’s defeat was at least partly due to racing apart from his main… Read More »

Cloudscape to improve on Ascot run

The Group 3 Gordon Stakes at Goodwood on Wednesday is a recognised trial for the season’s final classic, the St Leger Stakes. Snow Sky The likely favourite is Sir Michael Stoute’s Snow Sky, winner of the Lingfield Derby Trial and fourth last time out at Royal Ascot. The colt’s Lingfield victory has been boosted by two subsequent victories for runner-up Hartnell including the Queen’s Vase at the Royal meeting. Snow… Read More »

All roads lead to Rio in Goodwood Stakes

It isn’t that often that you will see a two-mile flat race won with such contemptuous ease as that displayed by Maid In Rio at Ascot last weekend. Mark Johnston’s filly simply laughed at the handicapper in beating her rivals by nine lengths and upwards and is set to make a quick reappearance on Wednesday at Glorious Goodwood. Maid In Rio The three-year-old filly was allowed to bowl along in… Read More »

Kerber ready for a run at Stanford title

After a bit of a lull since Wimbledon, the tennis steps up a gear this week with the WTA Stanford attracting an all-star line-up. Serena Williams The green grass of Wimbledon has been forgotten and the hard-court season is now getting into full swing with the US Open on the horizon. The odds-on favourite is inevitably Serena Williams, despite her early exits from both the French Open and Wimbledon. The… Read More »

Safarova the choice in Citi Open

The WTA Citi Open in Washington has attracted a strong field led by Wimbledon semi-finalist, Lucie Safarova. Lucie Safarova The Czech player assumes the top seeding in the absence of Eugenie Bouchard who has decided to wait until next week where she plays in her home country of Canada. Safarova has been chalked up as the early favourite but will not have an easy start against the in-form Kristina Mladenovic.  The… Read More »

Isner the value bet in Washington

Milos Raonic and Kei Nishikori, ranked 7 and 11 respectively, are among the top names in this week’s Citi Open in Washington. The late withdrawal of Grigor Dimitrov for health reasons has done little to weaken the event. The tournament takes place at the William H.G. FitzGerald Tennis Centre in Rock Creek Park. The world number five, Tomas Berdych, is the top seed and bookmaker’s favourite this week in a… Read More »