Goodwood Cup 2021: Your Tipping Guide To This Year’s Goodwood Cup Stakes

The feature race of the opening day of Glorious Goodwood is the Group 1 Goodwood Cup where superstar stayer Stradivarius will bid to win the race for a fifth year in succession.

Being traditionally one of the biggest betting races of not just the week, but the year, there are often numerous Goodwood Cup betting offers available for punters to capitalise on. This year looks to be no exception, with the Goodwood Cup 2021 shaping up to be a vintage renewal.

Run over a stamina-sapping distance of 2m, the current Goodwood Cup odds list is headed by Stradivarius – who is expected to go off one of the shortest-priced favourites of the entire week.

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What to expect at this year’s Goodwood Cup

Stradivarius can be expected to go off a short price to land a record-breaking fifth straight Goodwood Cup, with John Gosden’s staying superstar looking unfortunate not to finish closer than fourth in the Ascot Gold Cup last time out having suffered notable interference.

The winner of that aforementioned Gold Cup, Subjectivist, fails to make the line-up here having suffered a season-ending injury since last seen.

The Gold Cup third, Spanish Mission, is expected to renew rivalries with Stradivarius, however, and the bookmakers feel that the five-year-old will provide the biggest threat to the favourite. Spanish Mission finished just under two lengths in front of Stradivarius at Ascot, but that distance would have been far closer had Stradivarius endured a safer passage.

Alan King’s Trueshan looks best of the remainder and had Stradivarius toiling when a dominant winner of the Long Distance Cup at Ascot last October. He has run creditably in defeat in both starts so far this season and would look a contender here should conditions prove favourable – at his best on soft ground.

Baron Samedi and Santiago appear to be the strongest of the Irish challengers, yet both horses would need to improve on their recent form to trouble the market principles.

Three-year-old horses receive a whopping 1st 1lb from their elders in the Goodwood Cup (Stradivarius won this as a three-year-old in 2017), yet it is disappointing to see just the sole three-year-old entrant this year being current 66/1 outsider King Of The Castle.

History of The Goodwood Cup

Having had its inaugural renewal back in 1812, the Goodwood Cup is one of the longest-standing races that still remains in the British horse racing calendar.

One of the most famous winners of the Goodwood Cup was Kincsem (1878) who ended her career with an incredible unbeaten career record of 54 wins from 54 starts – something yet to be surpassed.

The Goodwood Cup is a fairly recent addition to the Group 1 list, having had its classification upgraded in 2017 (previously held Group 2 status from 1995).

Won by the likes of Double Trigger, Yeats and Big Orange in recent years, it is perhaps the reigning Goodwood Cup winner Stradivarius, however, who has created the biggest imprint on the race.

Bred and owned by Bjorn Nielsen, Stradivarius has won the Goodwood Cup on four consecutive occasions, making him the most successful horse in the race’s history. His first victory in the race came as a three-year-old, and in doing so he became the first Goodwood Cup winner from that age group since Lucky Moon (1990).

Stradivarius’s regular rider Frankie Dettori will break the record for most Goodwood Cup wins (6) if riding the seven-year-old to victory in 2021.

Goodwood Cup Winners of The Last 15 Years




Year Horse Jockey Trainer