3.10 Goodwood, Wednesday, July 27

3.10 Goodwood, Wednesday, July 27  The Qatar Sussex Stakes (3.10) at Goodwood on Wednesday features the first three home in the St. James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot, Galileo Gold, The Gurkha and Awtaad, who reoppose on identical terms. The Gurkha has since been turned over, at odds-on, in the Coral-Eclipse, over 1 mile 2 furlongs, at Sandown and, with the going at Goodwood likely to remain on the fast side of good, Galileo Gold (2/1) looks a worthy favourite to confirm the form.

In fact, Galileo Gold is the only one of the trio to have won on the prevailing good to firm going, with The Gurkha only having won on good or softer and Awtaad only having won on yielding or softer, so it would be no great surprise if the Paco Boy gelding increased his advantage over his nearest market rivals. Of course, he also takes on the older horses for the first time in his career, but he has 6lb and upwards in hand according to official ratings, not to mention his 8lb weight-for-age allowance, so he looks destined for the lion’s share of the £1,000,000 in guaranteed prize money.

Selection: Goodwood 3.10 Galileo Gold (2/1) to win

Open Championship 2016

Open Championship 2016  The 145th Open Championship gets underway at Royal Troon on Thursday and ante post favourite Dustin Johnson (10/1) can complete a memorable hat-trick. The big hitter from South Carolina landed his first major with victory at the U.S. Open at Oakmont, followed up with a come-from-behind win at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone and arrives in South Ayrshire in irresistible form.

Not only that, but he boasts an excellent Open record, having made six of seven cuts and finished in the top 15 four times, including a tie for second in 2011. Royal Troon is traditionally a course where scores are made on the front nine so, with his power from the tee and precision with his shorter clubs, not to mention his reputation as a fast starter, Johnson could get off to a flyer. He also has the ability to flight the ball to counteract wind conditions, which are invariably unfavourable to the players on the back nine, and so defend his score on the back nine.

Selection: Open Championship – Dustin Johnson to win outright (10/1 generally available)