This year’s Glorious Goodwood has been nothing if not eventful so far. From the deluge of monster priced winners on the opening day, to an actual downpour leading to pretty bottomless going on day two which led to yet another shock in the Group 1 Sussex Stakes.

This has certainly not been the easiest of weeks for punters so far. It’s not over yet though, and day five provides us with one last chance to make our assault on the bookies. Here we pick out our best bets in the day’s seven contests, including the feature race of the Stewards Cup Handicap.

1:50pm – Qatar Stewards Sprint Handicap (Class 2), Six furlongs

Seeking Magic each way

Our first race provides us with a nice warm up for the day’s major handicap of the Stewards Cup. Introduced in order to provide a consolation event for those runners who don’t quite make the cut for the big one itself, this is every bit as competitive and a fiendishly difficult puzzle for punters to solve.

Clive Cox has taken this three times in the past 10 years and has an interesting trio amongst the entries in Kodiline, Little Palaver and Seeking Magic. Of the three, the one to side with is the 2013 winner of this race, Seeking Magic. Nine years old now, there will be those who argue he is a little long in the tooth, but two nine year olds have won here in the past five years. That stat offers hope, as does the fact that the son of Haafhd arrives here at the top of his game having scored in tenacious fashion last time out at Nottingham.

2:25pm – Qatar Summer Handicap (Class 2), One mile six furlongs

Platitude each way at 8/1 with Betfair

The stayers take to the track in race two in an event which has been largely dominated by those towards the head of the weights in recent years. Over the past decade no winner has been saddled with less than 9st, with six shouldering 9st7lbs or more to victory. There are a few interesting ones towards the foot of the weights this year, but we will be siding with the overall trend continuing in 2017.

Sir Michael Stoute’s Platitude has been largely underwhelming so far this season, but it could be worth chancing that a return to the scene of his most recent success sparks him back to life. An impressive five length winner of a Listed contest over this very course and distance last August, he should be up to making his presence felt off a mark of 105. Soft ground would pose a slight question but he has run ok over shorter on his two starts on soft to date, whilst his dam’s Listed win at this distance came over soft ground.

3:00pm – Qatar Gordon Stakes (Group 3), One mile four furlongs

Khalidi to win at 2/1 with Bet365

We have a decent renewal of this event for the three year olds up next. Sir Michael Stoute has won four of the past eight editions here which makes his representative, Crystal Ocean, of serious interest. Touted as a possible for the Derby at one stage, he ultimately skipped that Epsom engagement but has nevertheless been running with credit this season. Third to Permian in both the Dante Stakes and the King Edward VII Stakes, this represents a drop in class – at least on paper – and he ought to go close.

Another touted as a Derby possible at one stage was the Aidan O’Brien runner, Sir John Lavery. He ultimately flopped so badly in his trial that a tilt at Epsom was scrapped, but he did show improved form last time out at Ascot, and another step forward would see him on the premises at a handsome enough price.

We do however have one colt here who was deemed good enough to compete in the Derby, and that horse is the John Gosden runner, Khalidi. He finished in mid division that day, but that still rates a solid effort in the context of this and he was closing all the way to the line when beaten just half a length by Permian last time out at Ascot. He finished ahead of Crystal Ocean that day and we will be backing him to do so again here. His record at this track also makes for particularly encouraging reading. The High Chaparral colt is a perfect two from two here, including a five length romp in a Listed contest. 2/1 looks a very solid bet.

3:35pm – Qatar Stewards’ Cup Handicap (Class 2), Six furlongs

Private Matter each way at 50/1 with Bet365

And so to the big handicap of the week. Always one of the most popular betting contests of the whole Glorious Goodwood festival, this 6f cavalry charge may not be the easiest race to solve, but certainly provides one of the most thrilling spectacles of the five days.

Roger Charlton’s, Projection is currently the clear favourite for the race on the back of a rock solid third in the Wokingham last time out. He does look likely to run well again, but is creeping up the handicap without winning and at single figure odds, we will take him on.

It’s been a while since Richard Fahey has sent out the winner here, with his sole success in the race to date coming with Superior Premium in 1998. The Yorkshire based handler certainly appears set to give it a good go this year though. Of his 11 current entries, the one we will be siding with at a big price is the Cheveley Park runner, Private Matter.

It is the record of this one on a soft surface that really makes him stand out. Two from three on soft to date, his only defeat came when nearly falling over upon leaving the stalls. The most recent of his successes on soft came when giving weight and a beating to subsequent French 1000 Guineas winner Precieuse. All of which suggests a mark of 100 may not be beyond him here with conditions in his favour. He did run just last week but lost all chance when hampered and would be of serious interest if turned out quickly here.

4:10pm – Qatar EBF Stallions Maiden Stakes (Class 2), Seven Furlongs

Dee Ex Bee each way

Should either of the Aidan O’Brien duo of Kew Gardens or Amedeo Modigliani show up here, they would be of serious interest. Kew Gardens makes fractionally the more appeal on pedigree, but Amedeo Modigliani has already demonstrated a decent level of ability when third to Gustav Klimt on debut. Both hold entries in the Derby, but both also hold alternative engagements at the Galway Festival this week. The sensible option looks to be to stick with the home team here.

Lockinge and Champion Stakes winner, Farhh, is one of the more exciting new additions to the sire scene and his progeny have made a pretty solid start to date. His five runners to have hit the track so far have racked up a win, a Listed place and three further placed efforts from just eight runs. Significantly Farhh also went particularly well with some give under foot, and we will be backing his son Dee Ex Bee to go well here. Hailing from the yard of Mark Johnston, which does so well at Goodwood, he looks well worth an each way bet.

4:45pm – Qatar Handicap (Class 2), Seven furlongs

Love Dreams to win

We like Mark Johnston’s Love Dreams in our penultimate race. By Dream Ahead it is no surprise that this one seems to enjoy easy ground, and he looks set to have conditions in his favour here. In two starts with the word soft in the going description, he has won, eased down on debut, and blitzed the field in a handicap contest last time out. Having recorded two wins, a second and a third in the past three editions of this, this is a contest Johnston seems to target and we see him bagging the prize once again.

5:20pm – Qatar Apprentice Handicap (Class 3), One mile one furlong

Kingston Kurrajong each way

We will be backing Michael Attwater’s Kingston Kurrajong to maintain his current consistent form and go close to landing this concluding event for the apprentice jockeys. Second last time out at Sandown, his last start in a soft ground handicap resulted in a win off a mark of 87 in June last year. Getting in here off 78, he looks well handicapped and should be hard to keep out of the frame.