Wednesday ITV Racing Tips: Best bets for Goodwood

Day 2 of the Goodwood Festival and ITV are serving up another six races, including the Sussex Stakes, and we have a top tip for each contest on Wednesday, July 27.

ITV delivers a couple of Group 3s (Whispering Angel Oak Tree Stakes and the Markel Molecomb Stakes) plus the Group 1 showpiece at 15:35 on Wednesday afternoon. We've also got some juicy tips for the rest of the card.

Here's a quick look at our Wednesday selections, there's a bit more detail below if you need it. You can get the latest racecards and results via Planet Sport's live race centre.

Selections:

13:50 (Goodwood) Secret State

14:25 (Goodwood) Oscula (e/w)

15:00 (Goodwood) Rocket Rodney

15:35 (Goodwood) Baaeed

16:10 (Goodwood) Sea Speedwell

16:45 (Goodwood) The Platinum Queen

13:50 (Goodwood) Secret State

Secret State had shaped on his first three starts as though stepping up to 1m 4f would bring about further improvement and Charlie Appleby's colt fulfilled that promise by taking the King George V Handicap at Royal Ascot.

Connections were talking post-race about potentially stepping up into Group company straight away, so the fact he turns up again in handicap company suggests there is still mileage in his rating.

Soulcombe has to enter calculations on his hat-trick bid, while Maksud, Surrey Mist and Mandobi appeal most of the remainder.

14:25 (Goodwood) Oscula (e/w)

The ultra-consistent Oscula could be the one to side with, turned out quickly, in the Whispering Angel Oak Tree Stakes.

George Boughey's tough and hardy filly was beaten only a nose in a Group Three at Ascot on Saturday and in five outings this summer, she is yet to finish any worse than third.

That effort came over a trip that probably stretches her stamina to the limit, so the drop back to seven furlongs should suit here and she is a versatile operator when it comes to ground conditions.

15:00 (Goodwood) Rocket Rodney

Rocket Rodney can blaze a trail in the Markel Molecomb Stakes.

George Scott's speedy son of Dandy Man blitzed his rivals in the Dragon Stakes at Sandown earlier this month and this Group Three looks the logical next step for this talented young sprinter.

The form of that Sandown victory was boosted when the third, Eddie's Boy, ran out a comfortable winner of Newbury's valuable Weatherbys Super Sprint, while before Sandown, Rocket Rodney was only beaten a neck by Little Big Bear in the Windsor Castle at Royal Ascot and that Ballydoyle inmate has subsequently won again at the Curragh.

The challenges come from Walbank who was arguably unlucky not to win the Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot last month after stumbling early in the race and having used up plenty of energy up get back into contention. He did extremely well to finish runner-up in the circumstances and compensation may await here.

Trillium is dropped to this trip for the first time and looks an exciting prospect.

15:35 (Goodwood) Baaeed

Baaeed can cement his position as one of the best horses in the world when he lines up in the Qatar Sussex Stakes.

A perfect eight from eight so far, with his last six coming at stakes level, William Haggas' charge is set for what could be his final start over eight furlongs before extending out to a mile and a quarter for the crescendo of his on-track career.

Baaeed barely broke a sweat when winning the Lockinge and Queen Anne Stakes so far this term and he appears set to sign off at a mile in style with his task made easier by a late setback to 2000 Guineas and St James's Palace winner Coroebus.

His detractors will question the quality of opposition he has faced throughout his career, but when winning last season's Queen Elizabeth II Stakes he became one of just three horses to finish ahead of high-class miler Palace Pier and it is hard to argue that there is a horse of that calibre in this line-up.

With Coroebus missing it might be left to last year's winner Alcohol Free, who took the July Cup over six furlongs last time out, to chase him home, but Baaeed would have to seriously disappoint to be beaten.

He has been given plenty of time to recover from his Royal Ascot exertions and he son of Sea The Stars can dazzle again on the Sussex Downs.

16:10 (Goodwood) Sea Speedwell

With several appealing prospects catching the eye, preference is for the relatively unexposed Sea Speedwell in the European Breeders Fund EBF Fillies' Handicap.

William Haggas' charge stepped up to record a promising second on her turf debut earlier this month, but Natasha has every chance of improving for her first run of the season at Newmarket recently.

State Occasion is another to take seriously, along with Myristica, who is stepping up in class.

16:45 (Goodwood) The Platinum Queen

Impressive York scorer The Platinum Queen could be too good for her rivals in the British EBF Alice Keppel Fillies' Conditions Stakes.

Her sole disappointment came in a red-hot Queen Mary at Royal Ascot and it is hard to ignore the way she won with her head in her chest on the Knavesmire.

All The Time failed to make an impact in the Queen Mary at Royal Ascot last time, but she was an easy winner on debut and can be given another chance today.

Others to note are Beautiful Eyes, Star Of Lady M and Union Court.

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