Lucky 15: See out a Glorious Goodwood Friday in Cotai Glory

Another three Group races come our way from Glorious Goodwood on Friday, and it can only mean one thing – another Lucky 15.

One win, a second and a third may have had a feeling of “close but no cigar” about it yesterday, but we are on a mission to rectify that as the weekend approaches.

We’re going for the all-out multiple but if you are more a singles only bettor than remember that you can take advantage of Ladbrokes free bet offer.

Here’s our quartet to do the business…

Dubday – Glorious Stakes (14:00)

Jassim Al Ghazali’s horse has bumped into a couple of smart animals on his two UK starts this season, going down to Telescope before narrowly beaten by Gospel Choir in a pair of Listed contests.

In truth, both of his conquerors are at least Group 2 class, so those defeats can be marked up a notch.

This looks a perfect opportunity to get his British record off the mark, over a trip that will certainly suit him, whereas others have minor stamina doubts or have to prove they are classy enough.

With Frankie Dettori already twice on the scoresheet this week, backing him to treble up looks a wise move.

Malabar – Thoroughbred Stakes (14:35)

Mick Channon’s filly does have to bounce back from a couple of below par performances this season, but having flown at the highest level in 2015, it’s easy to see her going well in this Group 3 contest.

She gets at least 2lb from her nine opponents in fillies’ allowance and sports a visor for the first time on a return to the course she scored over in the Prestige Stakes last year.

She was 1¼l behind Irish Oaks runner-up Jack Naylor and 4l in deficit to Coronation Stakes winner Ervedya at Longchamp on Arc day last year, and if reproducing that kind of form will be bang in there with a chance.

Chil the Kite – Betfred Mile (15:10)

A record of two wins and three further places from his six outings in mile handicaps on ground that is good or better shows conditions are spot on for Hughie Morrison’s charge.

He was less than 2l behind GM Hopkins in the Royal Hunt Cup at Royal Ascot last month, and has a 5lb swing in the weights to reverse that form here.

A handle of the course is guaranteed with a maiden victory over track and trip, while some good performances in big field handicaps in the past mean the hustle and bustle won’t worry this grand campaigner.

Cotai Glory – King George Stakes (15:45)

Three-year-olds have done well in this race recently with Extortionist’s second following up Moviesta’s win two years ago, so we are looking at the Classic generation here.

Charlie Hills’ colt had threatened to be top class last year, before unseating George Baker on the line when looking to have the Flying Childers Stakes wrapped up.

He then finished better than his position suggests when 4l back in 16th in the Abbaye in October, in what always is a messy race.

A close third on return last month will have the chestnut spot on for this, and with a course and distance win already in the bag, can make it two from two on the Downs.


Ben Stones

Ladbrokes News’ equine expert, Ben likes nothing more than studying the form to pick out a winner or two for our readers. A Journalism and Media Studies graduate from the University of Winchester, Ben has previously written for a number of football and racing blogs and websites, as well as contributing to the sports pages of his home-town newspaper.