Goodwood offers a host of intriguing puzzles for punters to solve
PICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)
By Mark Scully 12:01PM 25 JUL 2016
GOODWOOD. It might not be Glorious by name any more but the same idiosyncracies of this wonderful venue remain and the punting opportunities are bound to be plentiful once again.
While the unique nature of the course makes the races a stern examination of equine and human talent, it also gives punters an angle that some of the ‘fairer’ courses, such as York, perhaps do not.
In that spirit, here are a few pointers that may steer you towards a profitable week.
Mark Johnston loves getting winners at Goodwood
PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Follow the man from Middleham
It may be a long way from Yorkshire to Goodwood but that does not deter Mark Johnston and this is a festival he loves.
Johnston freely admits he targets this meeting, so expect plenty of his runners to go very close throughout the week and while he may not thank us for pointing it out, they are worth backing. Maybe just do not ask him which ones. It’s a touchy subject.
He is 9-2 to be crowned top trainer with Paddy Power.
The right type of horse
Goodwood is not for every horse and for many, its twists, turns and undulations are all too much to handle. Like Epsom, you need a horse with impeccable balance and the ability to handle an injection of speed at the business end of races, given the steep downhill slope towards the closing stages.
Horses who prefer more of an end-to-end gallop are liable to be found out here.
Big prices should not deter
Short-priced steamers are the order of the day at the Cheltenham Festival but Goodwood is a different kettle of fish.
Admitedly, there were 13 winning favourites or joint-favourites last year but there was plenty to encourage those who seek out those working mens’ prices.
Eight winners returned SPs of 10-1 or bigger, while four did the business at 20-1 or bigger.
So go on, take a chance and see what happens.