Crystal Ocean to hand Stoute more success in Gordon Stakes at Goodwood

Saturday 5th August, 2017 - 3:00pm Goodwood - Gordon Stakes

Sir Michael Stoute has a tremendous record in the Gordon Stakes, often using it as a trial for the St Leger later in the season, and the master of Freemason Lodge will attempt to win this for the seventh time in 17 years with Crystal Ocean, who will be the likely favourite for a race won by Stoute's Ulysses 12 months ago.

  • Sir Michael Stoute has won this race six times in 16 years (Crystal Ocean)
  • Khalidi impressed in Cocked Hat Stakes at Goodwood earlier in the year
  • A possible St Leger candidate could emerge from this race

Saturday 5th August - 3.00pm OddsWon/LostBet
Gordon Stakes    
Tips Crystal Ocean to win    Best Bet @ 11 / 8  

Ocean The One To Beat

One success in four career starts may not immediately show the potential Crystal Ocean has, but the son of Sea The Stars has been competing in some top races in recent months, and will hope to record his second victory, and at 11/8 with Betfred Bookmakers could well be the solid selection in a five-runner renewal on day five of Glorious Goodwood.

Having impressed in a maiden at Nottingham, he was then a creditable third in the Dante Stakes at York to Permian, but didn't take his chance at Epsom Downs in the Investec Derby the following month, and instead headed to Royal Ascot for the King Edward VII Stakes, where yet again he finished third to the aforementioned Permian.

However, that was another solid performance, and now dropped to Group 3 company he could show his class, and while he has little experience on softish going if the sun was to come out at Goodwood then the surface could dry quickly, and Stoute's charge can land this coveted prize, and potentially enhance his claims as a Leger prospect, a race he is currently 14/1 for.

Khalidi & Mount Moriah The Main Dangers

John Gosden's Khalidi booked his place in the Derby line-up with a runaway five-length success in the Cocked Hat Stakes at Goodwood, but having flopped in the Epsom Classic, he then bounced back to form when second to Permian in the King Edward VII Stakes, where he beat Crystal Ocean by one-and-a-quarter lengths.

The 9/4 chance with Sky Bet will enjoy a return to Goodwood, after impressing there earlier in the season, but Crystal Ocean potentially has a lot more improvement to come, so while he has to turn around that Ascot form, he could do that with ease if Stoute can continue his progression with his runner

Mount Moriah is next in the betting at 13/2 with Betfair Sportsbook and lines up on the back of notable handicap wins at Newbury and Ascot, but while he has winning form on soft going he was well beaten by Khalidi when they clashed as two-year-olds, and a step up to Pattern company may see him struggle.

Final Two Contenders

Across Dubai was a winner of a handicap at Haydock Park last time out, and has two wins from three career starts, but the 10/1 chance with Betfred will find this a whole lot tougher, while Jake's Hill completes the quintet, and the 12/1 outsider with bet365 is another that will struggle against some classy rivals in a race that can see Stoute enhance his already fine record in the race.

2017 Gordon Stakes Odds

Posted: Friday, 4th August 2017
Author: Steve Chambo

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