The Betfred Mile is the highlight handicap on the penultimate day of the Goodwood Festival. A favourite with punters, 20 runners look set to come to post in a race where the pace will be fast and furious. Jockeys are likely to tussle for a place heading into the final furlong, where they will look to launch their attack.
Godolphin trained Basem looks set to go off as race favourite. The four-year-old has won his last two races at Sandown showing good form and his central draw for the race will stand him in good contention, as they turn into the home strait. Currently priced 6/1, it doesn’t look like he will stay that way for long, so you best get your bets placed quickly.
With so many horses having chances to pass the post first, it would be an oversight not to take a look at the each-way options the card has to offer. With so many high calibre horses to choose from, we’ve picked out those we think could offer a challenge to the favourite.
Red Avenger won this race last year in the hands of Jimmy Fortune and, although he suffered a dip in form, he finally got himself back to winning ways at Newcastle last time out. The five-year-old is priced as high as 20/1 with some bookies and stands a good chance of putting in a challenge towards the winning post if his form holds.
Slightly further down the ratings is four-year-old Donncha, who has won over this course already this year and placed at Ascot behind Heaven’s Guest in the Gigaset International Stakes. Set to go off at 16/1 he is certainly another each-way challenger that could be fancied, so worth keeping an eye on.
As with all handicaps, you have the fan favourites who catch the eye and the Betfred Mile is no different. Belgian Bill and Bronze Angel, both priced 20/1, will look to be involved in the closing stages of the race and, if you subscribe to the belief that savvy punters go to winning horses, you could well not to rule them out, despite the high prices.