Friday ITV tips: Best bets for Goodwood

Six races from Goodwood on ITV this Friday, July 29 and the Planet Sport tipsters have an expert selection for each one.

No Group 1s on Friday, but we do have the five furlong charge Group 2 King George Stakes (15:35), plus two Group 3s in the Bonhams Thoroughbred Stakes (14:25) and the Queens Plate Glorious Stakes (16:10).

You can see all the latest racecards and results from Goodwood by using the Planet Sport live centre, but first let's have a quick look at Friday's selections.

There's a bit more detail below on our tips below if you need it, and you can also have a punt with Planet Sport Bet.


13:50 (Goodwood) Solent Gateway (e/w)

14:25 (Goodwood) Checkandchallenge

15:00 (Goodwood) The Turpinator

15:35 (Goodwood) Acklam Express

16:10 (Goodwood) Rebel's Romance

16:45 (Goodwood) Bolt Action

13:50 (Goodwood) Solent Gateway (e/w)

Solent Gateway was third to Trueshan in the Northumberland Plate last time out so the Coral Goodwood Handicap looks well within his capabilities.

Challenges will come from Super Superjack who is stepping up in trip and could improve on his strike-rate and get a sixth win.

Meanwhile, eight-year-old Reshoun has been round the block but is still a threat and will be aiming to score again on the back of success at Newbury nearly two weeks ago.

14:25 (Goodwood) Checkandchallenge

Checkandchallenge moves back up in grade in the Bonhams Thoroughbred Stakes after a slightly luckless handicap bow at Sandown at the start of the month.

He was simply outclassed when tried in the 2000 Guineas but looked to be on a workable mark coming up against Sinjaari, although he had to race wide after a slow start left him on the backfoot.

Beaten just under a length, that was a fair performance and he is certainly in the mix for this on ratings.

15:00 (Goodwood) The Turpinator (e/w)

The booking of Ryan Moore for The Turpinator in the Coral Golden Mile certainly catches the eye.

Has already won twice this season over seven furlongs and at this price should be considered.

Charlie Appleby-trained Noble Dynasty, the half-brother to top-class miler Barney Roy, is the main danger. He scored on his first run out of the season in early July at Newmarket, has a low draw and William Buick in the plate again.

15:35 (Goodwood) Acklam Express

Acklam Express can snap his near two-year barren streak with victory in the King George Qatar Stakes, the feature event on the penultimate day of the Goodwood Festival.

Nigel Tinkler's charge has not come home in front since winning a York Listed heat back in 2020, but he has run some excellent races in defeat since then - not least when third in last year's Al Quoz Sprint at Meydan.

He found it tough going in two British starts last summer after that fantastic effort, so Tinkler opted to pull up stumps and gave him a break until the start of this year, when he once again headed out to Dubai.

An initial Group Two second to Lazuli promised much, but a subsequent disappointment saw him miss out on World Cup night and a return effort at Chester behind Flaming Rib also failed to ignite much enthusiasm.

However, that run clearly set him straight for Royal Ascot where he defied his 200/1 odds to finish third behind Australian sensation Nature Strip in the King's Stand.

Acklam Express was up against the best around that day, but in finishing just a head behind runner-up Twilight Calls he showed he is back to something like his best and could now secure a first Group Two triumph.

16:10 (Goodwood) Rebel's Romance

Rebel's Romance was on a similarly successful redemption mission on his most recent start and having regained the winning thread at Newmarket, he will be a popular choice in the L'Ormarins Queen's Plate Glorious Stakes.

A runaway winner of the UAE Derby last year, Rebel's Romance had been an intended Belmont Stakes starter before a late setback scuppered those plans and he stayed off the track until January this year.

Down the field twice in Dubai, Rebel's Romance made a seamless switch to turf when landing a Newmarket Listed heat earlier this month, easily accounting for fellow Charlie Appleby inmate Kemari.

He finished with purpose that day and you would expect him to progress again for the outing.

16:45 (Goodwood) Bolt Action

The Beaten-By-A-Length Free Bet Nursery is a wide open race with plenty of challengers to consider, but Bolt Action just edges our selection.

The Roger Varian-trained colt scored on debut at Leicester in May, and was an impressive sixth of 24 at Royal Ascot in Listed company. Another victory could be on the cards.

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