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ONE WEEK UNTIL GLORIOUS GOODWOOD | One ante-post selection to consider for each day’s feature race

Our team have picked out their ante-post selections for Glorious Goodwood next week

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Goodwood racecourse in the South Downs West Sussex. View of the empty grandstands on a summers day.
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There is only a week to go until the next of the big summer flat racing festivals get underway, with Glorious Goodwood scheduled next on the calendar.

The five-day festival kicks off in West Sussex on Tuesday afternoon, before concluding on Saturday.

Our team have picked through the entries of each day’s feature race, in hope of finding some decent ante-post value.

Here are five selections to consider for next week’s Glorious Goodwood Festival.

Tuesday – Goodwood Cup Stakes – Baron Samedi (14/1 – bet365)

All eyes will be on staying superstar Stradivarius as he goes for his fifth Goodwood Cup success, but there is some value lying elsewhere in the field.

Baron Samedi has made an incredible rise through the staying division, winning over several distances before striking at two miles in the Belmont Gold Cup in the States.

Joseph O'Brien
Joseph O’Brien will be hoping Baron Samedi can bounce back to form at Goodwood

The four-year-old did struggle in Group 1 company on his last start, but he was dropped down in trip and he should be given another chance at this level at 14/1.

Wednesday – Sussex Stakes – Palace Pier (15/8 – bet365)

It’s rare that Palace Pier is not the market favourite for a contest over a mile and the Kingman colt holds a 7/4 price tag for the Sussex Stakes as it stands.

2000 Guineas winner Poetic Flare sits at the top of the market, but his wins in recent memory have not been as emphatic as John & Thady Gosden’s star.

John and Thady Gosden at Royal Ascot
John & Thady Gosden could be sending Palace Pier to Goodwood next week

Palace Pier should be the one to beat here if the rain holds off in West Sussex.

Thursday – Nassau Stakes – Zeyaadah (16/1– bet365)

A versatile filly that could well have more to offer, Zeyaadah looks like an exciting prospect and she could well outrun her odds of 16/1 in the Nassau Stakes.

The three-year-old was entered into the Irish Oaks but her trainer opted to swerve the assignment, with this contest potentially being the aim instead.

Roger Varian looks on at Chester Racecourse
Zeyaadah could be heading to Goodwood for Roger Varian

She showed promise when landing the Group 3 Hoppings Fillies’ Stakes on her last outing and Roger Varian’s recruit could well claim Group 1 honours here.

Friday – King George Qatar Stakes – Dragon Symbol (5/1 – bet365)

Archie Watson’s Dragon Symbol has been the unlucky loser on several occasions this season, but the three-year-old could relish the return to five furlongs here.

The colt has suffered some bad luck recently, as his success at Royal Ascot was overturned following a stewards’ enquiry and Starman was just good for him at Newmarket ten days ago.

The three-year-old does take on the mighty Battaash in this contest, but he could get the better of the superstar sprinter here.

Saturday – Stewards Cup – Kimifive (25/1 – bet365)

After two respectable performances over seven furlongs, Kimifive could be targeted for the Stewards’ Cup if he is not sent to Ascot on the weekend.

The six-year-old is dropped back to six furlongs for the first time since finishing third in the Cazoo Handicap on Epsom Derby weekend.

Joseph Tuite’s recruit finished second in this contest last season when 1lbs higher in the ratings and he could well go one better here.

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