The open race of the 2017 Qatar Goodwood Festival is the Matchbook Betting Exchange Handicap. This race is held over a mile and two furlongs and there will be 17 runners heading to post. It is fiercely competitive, but should be a cracking watch.
The favourite in the betting right now is Garcia, who can be backed at 5/1 for Ryan Moore and Richard Fahey.
This horse was running for the first time this season when fifth in a very good handicap at York last time out.
He perhaps shaped a bit better than the bare result on that day as well and is very interesting off the same mark. Moore usually does very well when writing for this yard. He’ll love it if there is still some cut in the ground, too.
Khairaat can be backed at 15/2 for Sir Michael Stoute.
This horse looked very progressive when winning three on the spin, but didn’t live up to expectations when sent off 3/1 favourite at Royal Ascot.
He may have just struggled with the whole experience on that day though and is still a horse with plenty of promise. He’s at 15/2 here.
Roger Varian has never hidden the fact he thinks the world of UAE Prince, but he has been frustrating and not quite lived up to his promise thus far.
The four-year-old ran well when fourth at York last time out and is still potentially well treated off 97. He doesn’t seem to be a horse to completely trust though. UAE Prince is a 15/2 shot.
Hugo Palmer has Murad Khan here at 10/1 with James Doyle on board.
This horse is rated 104 and looked impressive when winning a decent handicap at Worcester at the start of July.
He’s still an unexposed horse who has form on all types of ground. You’d expect him to be going close.
Abdon is sure to be popular for Frankie Dettori and Sir Michael Stoute. This four-year-old needs to show more than he has this season so far, but he could be off a decent enough mark off 105.
Eddystone Rock and Oasis Fantasy are both at 12/1 and could be quite well treated on their old form. It’s then 16/1 about What About Carlo, who bolted up at Newbury in testing conditions last time out.
You do just wonder if the ground is getting a little bit too quick for this horse to be seen at his best.
Baydar could be interesting at 20/1 for Hugo Palmer. He’ll enjoy this ground and could be quite well handicapped. He hasn’t done much so far this season, but this race looks ideal and you get the feeling there’s a big run in him.
The rest of the field is at 20/1 and over and you can’t write any horse off here.
Joe’s tip(s) for this race: [mepr-show if=”rule: 20415″] We’ll go with two bets here and like both GARCIA and BAYDAR.[/mepr-show] [mepr-active rule=”20415″ ifallowed=”hide”] Joe’s tips are only available to Premium Tip members – You can get FREE PT membership here [/mepr-active]