Hanson: Glorious Goodwood plays for July 26

July 25th, 2022

Day 1 of the 2022 Glorious Goodwood Festival on Tuesday is highlighted by the Goodwood Cup (G1), which on paper figures to be a more exciting watch than one to scoop out a price play. However, the two other Group offerings on the card offer a bit more hope for those looking to find a longer shot.

Race 2 -- Vintage S. (G2) -- 9:25 a.m. ET

This seven-furlong test for two-year-olds has been won four times by trainer Mark Johnston going back three decades. That list includes future classic winners Mister Baileys and Shamardal, and most recently Dark Vision in 2018.

Johnston, who now co-trains with son Charlie, sends out two here, both of whom are undefeated after a pair of starts. I prefer #3 Dear My Friend (6-1), a son of Pivotal who made good progress off a Carlisle debut win (in which he broke slowly and rallied) to comfortably score in a Beverley novice by five lengths after leading nearly all the way. That sort of versatility could come in handy, especially as there appears to be a lot of speed on paper.

Race 3 -- Lennox S. (G2) -- 10 a.m. ET

The early favorite, the filly Sacred, looms a serious threat if she improves a bit on her season debut fifth in the Platinum Jubilee (G1) at Royal Ascot. However, an intriguing each-way play is #8 Ever Given (15-1).

Though he has a bit of class and form to find, Ever Given has tended to do best around a bend and gets that on his return to Goodwood. He earned his second career win at this fixture last year, and only prior Lennox winners Sir Dancealot and Kinross, along with Happy Power, have winning form on this tricky course.

Ever Given won the Surrey S. at Epsom in fine style two back and chased home Pogo in the Criterion (G3) in less suitable conditions at Newmarket last time. That rival will likely attempt to make all, but I think Ever Given's late kick can be more effective this time.