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Dark Vision backed for Guineas as Stradivarius enforces star status with Goodwood Cup defence

Jonathan Vine 31 Jul 2018
Andrea Atzeni and Stradivarius (right) retain their Goodwood Cup crown.

We bring you the latest ante-post betting updates and developments after a fantastic afternoon of action on day one of Glorious Goodwood.

Day one of Glorious Goodwood is centred around the Goodwood Cup and all eyes were on Stradivarius as he returned to defend his crown. With Frankie Dettori suspended, Andrea Atzeni renewed his partnership with Stradivarius and the duo went to post as the odds-on favourites.

Torcedor lead the charge against the Royal Ascot Gold Cup winner and Jessica Harrington’s charge bounded straight into the lead. Ryan Moore took Idaho down the centre of the track early on, with Stradivarius biding his time three from the rear of the field.

Jessica Harrington’s stayer set out for home with four furlongs to travel and it looked for a little while like Stradivarius was struggling to breach the gap. Yet, once Andrea Atzeni’s mount got rolling, he was able to pull upsides Torcedor and, despite the runner-up finding more under pressure, Stradivarius was able to move clear in the final furlong to retain his Goodwood Cup crown.

With the WH Stayers’ Million bonus now just a Lonsdale Cup victory away, Ladbrokes have cut their price from 2/1 before the race into 4/6 on to claim that ludicrous bounty. 

“Day one of the Qatar Goodwood Festival has left us licking our wounds as the first four favourites won." Said Ladbrokes' Nicola McGeady.

"Stradivarius ensured there was no getting out of jail, as he was the worst result of the day.”

Call To Mind sat on the pace for most of the race, but he dropped back alarmingly turning for home and James Doyle swiftly dismounted. The Queen’s horse managed to walk onto the horse ambulance and we all hope the injury isn’t as bad as it looked.

Silvestre De Sousa riding Dark Vision to victory in the Qatar Vintage Stakes at Goodwood.


Martyn Meade’s Confiding was installed as the early favourite to win the first Grouped race of the day, but come the afternoon, bookies couldn’t give him away in the Vintage Stakes betting. As Confiding slid down the market, Mark Johnston’s unbeaten colt Dark Vision jumped to the head of the betting and was backed into 10/3 as the gates flew open.

Silvestre De Sousa’s mount stood out in the paddock for his imposing stature, but a slightly slow start from a wide draw saw the favourite have to bide his time near the rear of the field. However, as Dunkerron and Confiding made their move, Dark Vision overtook the entire field and cruised clear to win the Vintage Stakes in fitting fashion.

While races like the Royal Lodge or the Dewhurst will be at the forefront of Mark Johnston’s mind, the 2019 2000 Guineas looks to be a realistic goal for his giant colt. A 50/1 shot in some quarters before the off, Ladbrokes and William Hill went as low as 16/1 on Dark Vision winning the first colt’s Classic of next season.

Before Dark Vision romped to success, the 2000 Guineas betting took a bit of a hit with the news ante-post favourite, Calyx would miss the rest of his two-year-old campaign. Hopefully John Gosden will have him fit for the start of 2019 and Ladbrokes pushed Calyx out from 5s to 6/1 at the head of that Classic market.

Later on at Goodwood, Toronado colt Watan made an eye-catching debut under Ryan Moore, scooting clear in the final furlong to win a competitive maiden. There were also victories for Sir Dancealot in the Group Two Lennox Stakes and Under The Covers, who beat the boys to carry 16/1 into the winners’ enclosure after the penultimate sprint handicap.

Current 2019 2000 Guineas betting with Ladbrokes
6/1 Calyx, 10/1 Advertise, Quorto, 12/1 Anthony Van Dyk, 14/1 Sergei Prokofiev, 16/1 Dark Vision, 25/1 Bar

Stradivarius to win the WH Stayers’ Million Bonus with Ladbrokes
4/6 Yes


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Dark Vision backed for Guineas as Stradivarius enforces star status with Goodwood Cup defence

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