Three down but still two to go as we reach Day Four of the spectacular Glorious Goodwood Festival. Spearheaded by one of the season’s most prestigious five furlong contests in the King George Stakes, with ample support from a further three Group class events, and the big field puzzle of the Betfred Mile for handicapping fans, the penultimate day looks set to be a real thriller.

Blue and white is the theme in the stands as the track hosts a colour coded best dressed competition. Hopefully we won’ be left feeling too blue at the end of our punting exploits today though and everything will be all white on the night. Sorry!

The unpredictability of the racing game has certainly been in evidence in the early part of the week, with winners at 33/1, 50/1 and 100/1 on the opening day alone. Will it be more of the same here, or will the more obvious form horses come out on top. Most likely we will see a bit of both, and here we run through each of the day’s seven contests in our never ending quest to bash the bookies.

1:50pm – Betfred Glorious Stakes (Group 3), One mile four furlongs

Chemical Charge each way at 7/1 with Bet365

Frontiersman heads the betting here for Charlie Appleby, and if judged on his fine second to Highland Reel in the Group 1 Coronation Cup, it’s easy to see why. Running on late, he got to within two lengths of the globetrotting superstar that day.

A repeat of that level of form here would see him go very close. Even the bare form of his close second to Hawkbill last time in a Group 2 at Newmarket would entitle him to be on the premises here. However that effort posed more questions than answers for us, as having loomed into contention, he failed to go through with his finishing effort. Given his potential, it’s too early to discount him just yet, but at the prices we will look elsewhere.

We much prefer an each way punt on Ralph Beckett’s Chemical Charge here. A close third to subsequent King George third Idaho in the Group 2 Hardwicke Stakes at Ascot two starts back rates as a rock solid effort. In addition, he confirmed his wellbeing with an easy success at Musselburgh last time out. He also gave Frontiersman a 5 1/4l beating when the pair clashed at Doncaster back in April, and whilst he will be 3lbs worse at the weights here, he looks tough to keep out of the frame at the very least and is the value call.

2:25pm – Bonhams Thoroughbred Stakes (Group 3), One mile

Trais Fluors to win at 2/1 with Sky Bet

We stick to Group 3 action for our second race as a promising bunch of three year olds tackle the mile course. Beat The Bank comes into the race on high following a dominant success in Listed company last time out at Newmarket and has tasted defeat just the once in his four race career to date. The Andrew Balding representative looks just about the best of the home team but may have work to do to master the overseas raider in the field.

We have to feel that this one can go to France and the Andre Fabre runner Trais Fluors. Four from five in his career to date with wins at Listed and Group 3 level, he came up just short on his first crack in Group 1 company last time out when second to Thunder Snow, but takes a drop back in class here.

He does have a 4lb penalty to contend with courtesy of that Group 3 win, but this son of Dansili may well have the class to cope. For those who prefer an each way punt, we can see Forest Ranger going well at a big price.

3:00pm – Betfred Mile Handicap (Group 2), Six furlongs

Headway to win at 11/4 with Sky Bet

Get ready for a cavalry charge in our next race, as a big field assembles for the day’s major handicap. Open to all runners aged three and over, it is the younger performers who have dominated of late, with eight of the past 10 renewals being taken by a runner aged four or younger.

Richard Hannon has a couple of interesting runners amongst the entries here in Tony Curtis and Medahim. Both are available at a nice each way price but we just favour the chances of the latter.

Far from consistent, this one is equally likely to throw the towel in as put up a bold show, but his latest run at this venue provides cause for optimism. Denied a clear run almost throughout the home straight, he fairly flew at the finish to go down to the useful Sutter County by just half a length. He is 7lbs higher here but this step up in trip may bring about enough improvement to compensate and he confirmed his wellbeing with a win at Newmarket last time.

3:35pm – Qatar King George Stakes (Group 2), Five furlongs

Battaash to win at 3/1 with Betfair

Seven sprinters have taken this prestigious contest on two occasions, but none to date has claimed the prize three times. That may all change this year as 2014 and 2016 winner, Take Cover, lines up for a shot at the history books. It would be great to see the 10 year old warrior do it, but with the very best efforts of his career having come on good to firm ground, conditions may not be quite quick enough for him here. Having taken the Listed City Walls Stakes at York last time out though, he at least arrives at the top of his game and would be a hugely popular winner.

Admirable as the old boy is, we feel he may be undone by the younger legs in the field. Legs don’t come much younger than those of the sole three year old in the line-up, the Charles Hills-trained Battaash. True, he did manage to grab the rail when blitzing home at Sandown last time out, but far from simply being allowed to do his own thing in front, the impression was simply that nothing was able to keep up with him. This represents a step up in class but he looked seriously quick that day and can continue his perfect start to the season here.

4:10pm – Betfred Mobile Nursery Handicap (Class 2), Six Furlongs

Faithful Promise each way

Mark Johnston’s Faithful Promise looks worth siding with in this juvenile sprint contest. This Acclamation filly recorded the second success of her career when stepped up to this trip for the first time at Catterick last time out. She really battled on well that day which is pretty typical of one from this yard, and despite seeming to take a little while to come to hand, she seems to be going the right way now. A mark of 77 looks perfectly fair, but it would be no surprise to see considerable improvement here.

4:40pm – L’Ormarins Queens Plate Oak Tree Stakes (Group 3), Seven furlongs

Tomyris each way

Al Jazi took this for France last year and returns to defend her crown. She should go well again but this looks pretty competitive. John Gosden’s Eternally would make plenty of appeal on her most recent win in a Listed contest at Ascot, but that did come over 300 days ago now and she has not been seen at the track since.

Pamplemousse is another live threat from France for master trainer, Andre Fabre, but our pick here is the Roger Varian runner, Tomyris. A Listed winner at York back in May, she shaped better than the bare result when beaten six lengths behind Winter in the Coronation Stakes last time and this looks a good bit easier.

5:15pm – Betfred Supports Jack Berry House Handicap (Class 3), One mile three furlongs

Count Calabash each way

Eve Johnson Houghton is enjoying an excellent time of things this year and it is to be hoped some of her magic can rub off on recent recruit, Count Calabash. Having been beaten just under a length when staying on over a furlong shorter last time out, on what was his debut for his new yard, he won’t have to improve much to be involved in the finish off the same mark of 88 here. Intrepidly and Opinionate are others to catch the eye amongst the early entries.