I’ve not been coy about the value that’s been available on the World Pool this year and it’s been more of the same over the last couple of days at Goodwood. The pools have been swollen with more cash than I can shake my rod at and, as per usual, that means there are some brilliant opportunities to net a punchy overpay.
On day one, the Tote+ dividend beat the bookies’ starting price on six of the eight winners on the card but it was the Exotics where we saw some real whoppers. In the first race of the meeting, the Tote+ Trifecta paid a massive £1,632.51 compared to the Tricast which returned just £170.93.
I’ve cast my eye over the card today to see if I can net a few winners and picked out a couple of Trifectas for followers.
Blowing bubbles on the Downs
In the first (1:50pm), I’ve picked out one who is likely to return a monster payout on the pools. Gary Moore won this last year with bottom-weight and we’re hoping lightning can strike twice. Pure Bubbles was an expensive purchase as a yearling and they’ve obviously had their issues with him. He was much better last time out, just being headed late on, and I think he can improve again here. Both his parents won on testing ground and I think this surface could be the making of him. I’ll be playing him on the win and place pools and have picked out a three others for a crack at the Trifecta.
Patient Dream is another with a featherweight on his back who will have no issues with the ground, Hollie Doyle has top claims on the hat-trick seeking Mr Excellency while King Frankel could stay on into a place. That makes for a 24 line perm.
In the big race of the day (3:35pm), I like Lady Bowthorpe. I think she’s been crying out for a step up in trip and would have won the Falmouth with a better run. I’m not concerned about the ground as I think it was on the softer side when she finished second to Palace Pier at Ascot. The field was properly strung out that day and I like that form.
I’m going with a banker Trifecta, so Lady Bowthorpe will need to win with Audarya and Zeyaadah to fill the places behind her in any order. The former was brilliant when almost beating Love last time and will improve for that run, but I just think she might want quicker ground. The latter won’t have any issues with the surface and I’m not sure we’ve seen the best of her just yet.
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