Goodwood Cup tips – Runner-by-runner guide to Glorious Goodwood’s first day feature
We assess the big-race field for the feature race on day one of Glorious Goodwood and give our Goodwood Cup tips and runner-by-runner preview.
The feature race of the opening day of Glorious Goodwood is the Group One Goodwood Cup where superstar stayer Stradivarius will bid to win the race for a fourth year in succession.
Six rivals line up in opposition against John Gosden’s star and we look over the big race field of runners for the Tuesday highlight to give our Goodwood Cup tips and runner-by-runner preview for the big race of the day.
Catch the action live on ITV Racing on Tuesday where the team will have five races live from the Sussex downs including the Group One showpiece.
GOODWOOD CUP TIPS – GLORIOUS GOODWOOD RUNNER-BY-RUNNER PREVIEW
EAGLES BY DAY
Looked a good prospect when impressively scoring by seven lengths at Salisbury last April having finished runner-up on both his previous starts; but the Sea The Stars colt disappointed in the Lingfield Derby Trial although might have found the ground too soft.
Having got back on track with a good third to Japan in the King Edward VII Stakes last June he failed to fire on his final start of the campaign and he ran a shocker on his first run back this term when failing to beat a rival behind Fanny Logan in the Hardwicke Stakes.
That was his final start for Michael Bell and the four-year old subsequently moved to David O’Meara where he bounced back to form with a defeat of Communique in the recent John Smith’s Silver Cup at York.
This demands more stepping up markedly in class to Group One company, but he remains lightly raced and could still improve with this even longer trip looking ideal. He as a bit to do on form but it wouldn’t be a surprise to see a big run although he’s unlikely to trouble an on-song Stradivarius.
Was a progressive stayer at his best, winning the 2017 Shergar Cup Stayers’ Handicap and the 2018 John Smith’s Cup having been beaten a nose in the Northumberland Case the time before.
Jim Goldie’s charge had also won at Ayr that campaign, but following his York win he was absent for more than 700 days before returning in the Doncaster Grand Cup last month where he finished third. He disappointed on his next start at Haydock but bounced back with a creditable sixth in this season’s John Smith’s Cup behind Sinjaaari.
The Authorized gelding has only once raced in Pattern company having for the most part plied his trade in handicaps and thrust into a Group One he looks to be biting off more than he can chew on this occasion.
He’s hard to make a case for at this level and he’s set to struggle.
Dual-winner last term including the Gordon Stakes at this meeting twelve months ago and he ran well for third in the St Leger at Doncaster before struggling in the Prix Chaudenay on his final run of the campaign.
Mark Johnston’s charge has returned to action in good heart, winning the Sagaro Stakes from Mildenberger before chasing home Stradivarius in the Ascot Gold Cup although he was no match for John Gosden’s easy winner and trailed home some ten lengths adrift.
The Galileo colt is unexposed as a stayer and could well have more to offer; but he was readily brushed aside last time and he has plenty to find with Stradivarius on the evidence of that last run.
He can run well for his trainer who enjoys plenty of success here but there’s no reason why he should turn the tables with Stradivarius from their Ascot encounter.
Lightly-raced stayer who won twice last term including in the Bahrain Trophy, beating Nayef Road although he saw that form reversed here in the Gordon Stakes on their next encounter.
David Simcock’s charge then won a valuable contest at Belmont Park before heading to Meydan where he ran a creditable sixth on his sole start in the Emirates behind Secret Advisor in the Nad Al Sheba Trophy.
Stepped up to this trip for the first time to contest the Henry II Stakes at Sandown earlier in the month he found only Dashing Willoughby too strong and he should progress for that first run in some four months although this is certainly much tougher than anything he’s faced to date in his career.
He’ll need some significant improvement if he’s to lower Stradivarius’ colours at this higher level, but he’s unexposed as a stayer and could well show more. But, while he can give a good account of himself in this stronger race this level is likely to prove beyond him.
Already a three-time winner of this race and the champion stayer looks very hard to beat having cantered to an easy third Ascot Gold Cup crown recently.
The Sea The Stars horse lost no caste in seeing his winning run halted by Kew Gardens in last season’s British Champions Long Distance Cup; but he had reeled off ten straight wins prior to that reversal and having looked in need of the run on his reappearance over a trip short of his best in the rescheduled Coronation Cup he made no mistake back over a more suitable trip when last seen.
The form of his Newmarket defeat is solid with the winner going on to win the Coral Eclipse Stakes and John Gosden’s star clearly wasn’t at his best over the sharper test. He showed the benefit of that run to impressively strike at the Royal meeting and he’s likely to prove a tough nut to crack in his bid for a fourth Goodwood Cup and he remains the one to beat at this level and division.
With ground no issue he looks hard to oppose despite having to give weight for age to up-and-coming Santiago from the Aidan O’Brien camp.
WHO DARES WIN
Very useful multipurpose performer who won the 2019 Northumberland Plate and finished seventh in the Cesarewitch prior to switching to fences over the winter months where he won a Grade Two event at Kempton in Feburary.
Alan King’s charge returned to the flat following a break to strike a surprise win in the Queen Alexandra Stakes at Royal Ascot, beating The Grand Visir by a neck. However that form falls a fair bit short of what is required and while he can run well he looks up against it back at the top table on the level.
He had finished fourth in a relatively weak French Group One last term and a first-time visor could yield some improvement ahead of this assignment; but he has 18lbs to find with Stradivarius on official ratings and he’s likely to find himself outclassed here.
Listowel winner last term over one mile and is 2-2 this campaign with wins in the Queen’s Vase at Royal Ascot and the Irish Derby where the Authorized colt gained a head verdict over Tiger Moth with the front two pulling five lengths clear.
Aidan O’Brien’s charge might have found the drop to the shorter trip proving sharp enough for him; but he dug deep for the win and he ought to appreciate this much stiffer test having looked strong over 1m 6f at Ascot on his reappearance.
He’s a potentially top-class recruit to the staying ranks and the form of his Irish Derby win has been boosted so there’s likely plenty more to come from him although whether he’s quite good enough at this stage to lower the colours of a seasoned top-class performer in Stradivarius remains to be seen.
He does get plenty of weight for age as he tackles two miles for the first time; but Stradivarius himself was the last three-year old to win this contest and the first since Lucky Moon in 1990 so Aidan O’Brien’s charge has a bit to do.
Nevertheless, he’s sure to give a very good account and he’s likely to emerge as the main danger to John Gosden’s star; but this might just be too much for him at this stage of his career and he’ll need a massive performance if he’s to gain the verdict should Stradivarius appear at the top of his game.
GOODWOOD CUP TIPS – BIG RACE VERDICT
Improving Santiago looks sure to make his presence felt in receipt of lumps of weight from this field; but the Irish Derby winner will need to raise his game again in order to vanquish champion stayer STRADIVARIUS who was as good as ever when roming to an easy ten lengths’ victory at Royal Ascot last month to lift a third successive Ascot Gold Cup.
The Sea The Stars entire has won the last three renewals of this contest and he’s likely to prove very tough to beat again as he bids for another win in the contest where he takes on some new rivals, not least Aidan O’Brien’s rising star who tackles the trip for the first time.
This may well boil down to a match between the pair although Eagles By Day could also improve for the extra distance; but Stradivarius sets a very stiff standard and with at least 10lbs in hand of his rivals on official ratings he should prove a very tough nut to crack once more and a fourth win in this race beckons for John Gosden’s staying star.