Qatar Goodwood Festival 2023 | The outsider betting


Having examined the favourites for the week, how about some Glorious Goodwood outsider betting?

With over half the 37 races on the card holding 15+ runners, there is ample opportunity for punters to find a big winner.

So, just who is on BestofBets’ outsider betting radar?


The Champ weighs in – 20/1 BetVictor

We begin with race number three of the week, the Coral Chesterfield Cup and have our beady eye on Marhaba The Champ.

A record of two wins in seven for trainer Kevin Ryan is not so shabby and in the right conditions, the winner of the Knights Solicitors at the Dante Meeting could have his day once more.

Sixth in the Betfred Handicap on Derby Weekend, the eye-catching rap sheet of the British colt is that one win came on the good to soft in September of last year.

A 10/1 price in his last win in beating Marie’s Diamond, Marhaba is most comfortable over 1m1f, but with a furlong more on the trip has in the past made an impression.

Double the price in the early going, there is no reason to suggest his chances are any lesser.

Indeed, if the chips fall, Marhaba, could again be, The Champ.


Armed and ready – 25/1 BetUK

Jumping next to Wednesday’s Whispering Angel Oak Tree Stakes, we are going somewhat out of our comfort zone, we admit, but Sydneyarms Chelsea has bipped onto the radar.

In what will be the filly’s first run of the season for Charlie Hills, we turn to her record on the good to soft as evidence for an educated punt.

Fifth last time out way back in September 2022, on her debut season, both Ryan Moore and William Buick rode her to winners at Newbury and Deauville.

A girl who likes the ground a tad softer, that is exactly what she should get at Goodwood this week.

On paper, this might seem a real punt, but having placed in all five contests, maybe, just maybe, Sydneyarms Chelsea won’t be singing The Blues; far from it.


Oh, Jackie – 33/1 William Hill

Our third dart looks to the Nassau Stakes and though this is some considerable step-up in quality, Jackie Oh may be ready to lay it down.

Returning to winning ways at Gowran this past weekend, the 3yo made it two wins as a debutante victor at Naas in March.

Her only British outing at Royal Ascot saw a 20th in the Sandringham and may explain her bottom-of-the-barrel status in this particular race, but is that the true story?

There are indicators that Jackie digs the mud, and though Goodwood is unlikely to be a bog, a soft feel underfoot will more than suit.

Aside from coming here with a win – in the soft, no less – Jackie Oh’s curtain-raiser was on heavy ground; that was followed by a runner-up on similar going.

Granted, her win in Ireland can be taken with a pinch of salt, but any horse good enough for Aidan O’Brien is good enough for us.

And, as we always say, never overlook a horse arriving with winning form to a major festival.


Taca chance – 16/1 BetUK

In Friday’s Coral Golden Mile, the Class 2 race for 4yos+ will likely be the biggest field of the week and therefore, finding a winner is quite the task.

Tacarib Bay may, however, present a decent punt for our final outsider betting punt.

Despite being only 4yo, Richard Hannon’s ride feels like something of a journeyman.

With just two wins in 16 races under rules, a last win came over a year ago last summer at Haydock, however that was on the soft – conditions which, as documented, may shape the week.

Since then, Tacarib Bay has been runner-up twice but having been gelded in May, returned to action this past weekend in the Moet & Chandon.

As Baradar went on to take the winning post, if we study the evidence above, Tacarib Bay was game over 6f and faded, but there is enough to suggest post-op, of a showing now in the tank.

Watch for a late move; if his legs are there for the trip, it’s game on.

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