DEE Ex Bee is the headline act in a Gordon Stakes reduced to only four runners.
Mark Johnston’s colt needs to bounce back from a flop in the Irish Derby but boasts the best form in the race.
Getty Images – Getty
He was a reasonable third in the Juddmonte Grand Prix De Paris last time and this is a massive drop in class, so it’s little wonder he’s such a strong favourite.
His main market rival is Cross Counter, who takes his chance for Charlie Appleby. The three-year-old was a good winner at Ascot last time, having been held up a long way back, and this step up to Group company looks justified.
Not many horses win novice stakes by twelve lengths, but Sun Maiden did at Salisbury, and her performance in the Ribblesdale afterwards to finish third was a very good one.
Completing the field is Bombyx, who won well last time out but it was a much weaker race and he’s probably up against it here.
GLORIOUS GOODWOOD LIVE All the latest news and tips from the track
Who should I bet on?
This is a disappointing renewal and Dee Ex Bee is bound to be hard to beat if back on song. However, he doesn’t win very often and even in this small field is worth taking on. SUN MAIDEN could be the one for Sir Michael Stoute, having finished third in the Ribblesdale on only the third start of her career. There’s a lot more to come and she gets weight from the boys.
Click here for the full racecard and the latest odds