Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Double Handful

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Double Handful

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Byline: John Shaw's racing betting column in association with

T'S the final day of Glorious Goodwood, a five-day festival that typically lasts two days longer than your money.

IToday's feature is the Stewards' Cup, a race often compared to a cavalry charge and there are many similarities except the jockeys don't carry weapons, advance towards an enemy and then engage in close combat fighting.

GAMBLING WISDOM What it does have, though, is a lot of horses racing at a frenetic pace.

"The less more you you - Bob Nastanovich My main question concerning this handicap has always been, 'Why are there so many runners?' You could call it my very own stewards' enquiry.

Needless to say picking out the winner is no easy task, nor is narrowing it down to five selections.

But half the beauty of going racing is attempting to use logic and reason to determine the winner. The other half is getting drunk at the bar trying to figure out where it all went wrong.

A mid-high stall is generally favourable in this race with seven of the last 10 winners drawn 14 or higher.

The last two winners have come home to roost at 25-1 and 20-1, although in the two previous years the favourites have obliged.

Jedd O'Keefe's Air Raid has been in fine form since a breathing operation in the winter.

Since then he's won three times over six furlongs, each time at Hamilton.

Experienced racegoers will know that the Hamilton course is very similar to Goodwood.

you bet, the lose when win."

He's definitely one for each-way consideration at around the 20-1 mark.

He's gone up in weight but two top-weighted horses have won this in the last decade while seven out of the last ten winners were officially rated 6-8lb higher than their last win.

I just prefer to side with Robert Cowell's RAUCOUS, who has a decent draw (18) and benefits from jockey Cieren Fallon claiming 5lb. …

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