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Glorious Goodwood gets underway on Tuesday with Stradivarius going for more Goodwood Cup glory.
Glorious Goodwood gets underway on Tuesday with Stradivarius going for more Goodwood Cup glory.

The Glorious Goodwood Festival kicks off on Tuesday afternoon with the first of five days of thrilling action on the stunning Sussex Downs track. 

It is Goodwood Cup day as Stradivarius bids to win the Group 1 stayers' event for the fifth time. 

A deluge of rain on Sunday means conditions are set to be soft when racing gets underway — and we have picked out five horses to follow.

2.25pm - Unibet Vintage Stakes (Group 2, 7f)

July Stakes winner Lusail is proven at this trip and on slower ground but that is not enough to sway clear of BERKSHIRE SHADOW

Andrew Balding's charge was very strong through the closing furlong in his Coventry Stakes win last month at Royal Ascot. 

The manner of his win over that stiff 6f hints that he will be able to cope with this longer journey. Oisin Murphy's mount can make it a perfect 3-3. 

LiveScore Selection: Berkshire Shadow 

3pm - Unibet Lennox Stakes (Group 2, 7f)

Charlie Appleby has a strong hand in this as last year's winner Space Blues is joined by CREATIVE FORCE

The former is much respected but James Doyle's mount was 4-4 on the season, including the soft-ground Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot, before a two-length defeat in the Group 1 July Cup most recently. 

That was no backwards step and a return to 7f is ideal now back down in class. 

LiveScore Selection: Creative Force 

3.35pm - Al Shaqab Goodwood Cup Stakes (Group 1, 2m)

Trueshan's bid to stop Stradivarius's Goodwood Cup run has been helped by recent rain
Trueshan's bid to stop Stradivarius's Goodwood Cup run has been helped by recent rain

The heart says Stradivarius for a fifth Goodwood Cup but he was very well beaten in last month's Gold Cup at Ascot. 

Things did not pan out for him and he may bounce back but his overall form is not as reliable on soft ground. 

The head, therefore, leans towards TRUESHAN, for who the recent rain has been a major bonus. 

This soft-ground 2m Group 1 winner will have conditions in his favour and may oblige for Alan King and Hollie Doyle as quite a few of the others have worries on soft ground. 

LiveScore Selection: Trueshan 

4.45pm - British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Stakes (6f)

Notwithstanding there are several newcomers with potential — including Dangerous Rascal and Monet's Sunrise — the standard here is set by SCATTERING for William Haggas and Tom Marquand. 

The Showcasing colt did all his best work late on over 5f on debut at Newcastle and should be an improver now going up in distance on turf bow. 

LiveScore Selection: Scattering 

5.50pm - World Pool Ebf Fillies' Handicap (6f)

ISABELLA SWAN was a winner over C&D in June for Clive Cox and she did the job in good style with the most of three lengths in hand. 

That was her third win on the bounce, having also won at Bath back in September and again there on her comeback. 

She faltered there next time under her latest 8lb increase but could still be capable of better and returning to this track with good memories is a positive. 

LiveScore Selection: Isabella Swan

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