The Unibet Golden Mile is a mile race held at 3.00 at Goodwood on Friday, August 3rd. Here we take a look at the main contenders and revel the best bet.
Master of the World
Carrying top weight here and the class act of the field is the David Elsworth trained Master of the World.
The now seven year old grey has his quirks, but Goodwood is a strange track that often brings out the best in quirky types. In fact, Master of the World has a fantastic record at Goodwood with form figures of 2021 from just four runs at the Sussex venue. Those last two runs were in the last two renewals of this very race and this defending champion would be a hugely popular winner if he could again land the spoils.
Jim Crowley takes the reins, but what is surely significant is that Ryan Moore, who rode him to win last year and would surely of had the mount again this year if he so desired, has chosen to instead ride favourite Seniority. This is more of a worry than Master of the World’s recent form which has been poor. He did have a fine all-weather campaign on the sand, winning both a Listed and then a Group 3 contest, both at Lingfield, but he has cut no ice in three turf outings since.
Elsworth though, who has already been in the Goodwood winners enclosure this week, will have him primed for this and this cheekpiece wearing warrior can’t be ruled out of this years Unibet Golden Mile.
The Unibet Golden Mile is a race in which the stalls draw has proved of massive importance over the years. Having a low stall has been hugely advantageous over the uniquely tight turning and twisting mile and this year the coveted inside stall has been bagged by Mythical Madness.
He has ran well the last twice and last May was only beaten a nose by Seniority, who is now favourite for this years Unibet Golden Mile. He also scored a confidence boosting win at Haydock two runs ago, but that was his only win in his last twenty starts and it is very hard for a seven year old with such recent win stats to land a prize like this.
Don’t completely rule him out, but look elsewhere for the winner.
This Queen Mother owned and William Haggas trained four year old son of Dubawi has been all the rage in recent days for this years Unibet Golden Mile.
It’s not the first time Seniority has been strongly fancied for a big prize, as last time out he was the subject of a massive public gamble as many shrewd judges backed him off the boards from 33/1 early doors right into 7/1 favourite for the Royal Hunt Cup at Ascot. Failing to live up to the hype, he finished a respectable 8th of 30 runners with trainer Haggas later expressing that that race may have come too soon after his win at Chelmsford just 7 days previously. He also seemed to be inconvenienced by racing away from the action that day.
Tomorrow he runs after what should be an adequate 44 day break and with Ryan Moore booked and a good draw in the 3 stall, this upwardly mobile gelding looks to be on a fair mark of 98 and will take beating here.
Escobar is an ex Hugo Palmer trained four year old who was a Listed Stakes winner as a two year old before losing his way at three.
Like so many such types, a switch to the David O Meara yard has seemingly worked the oracle as this son of Famous Name is now back to something like his best form.
His first run for O Meara was a low-key down the field finish in the fiercely competitive Victoria Cup over seven furlongs at Ascot last May. Next time out he showed up much better with a close third over seven furlongs at Doncaster. Winner that day was Spanish City, who has since gone on to finish second in the valuable Bunbury Cup at Newmarket.
Escobar then he had an easy confidence boosting win against inferior opposition when stepped up to a mile at Haydock, before running 11th in the Hunt Cup where he had Seniority just three places in front. Since then he has again showed up well in a valuable mile handicap at Sandown on Eclipse day where he came second to Tigre Du Terre. The last named horse had been ante post favourite for this years Unibet Golden Mile before being sold to race in Hong Kong for a reportedly huge sum of money.
Berthed here in the 2 stall, I feel he will be better suited to this course than he was to either Sandown or Ascot. With Danny Tudhope doing the steering and Escobar wearing a tongue tie for the first time since joining O Meara, I think this horse will travel well and quicken up for the win, provided of course he gets the splits on this notoriously difficult course.
Unibet Goodwood Mile verdict:
In what is without question the weakest renewal of this race in my lifetime, Escobar gets the nod over Seniority.
Escobar 1 point each way @ 6/1 freely available. Again, make sure to get the 1st 5 for a place and make sure the price is guaranteed.