2017 Goodwood Cup Preview And Tip
The Goodwood Cup (Tuesday 1 August, 3.35) is the second-leg of the Stayers Triple Crown, and this year’s Ascot Gold Cup winner Big Orange is bidding to emulate Double Trigger in winning the Goodwood Cup for the third time. The race is run over 2-miles, and is now a Group 1 race having been a Group 2.
Three 4-year-olds, three 5-year-olds, one 6-year-old, two 7-year-olds, and one 8-year-old have been successful
The last 4 winners had all won last time out
The last 10 winners had all run between 21-42 days previously
Michael Bell and Saeed Bin Suroor have both trained two winners
Frankie Dettori and Jamie Spencer have both ridden two winners
SPs have ranged from 8/15 to 8/1
Definitely the one to beat as bids for a hat-trick. His draw in stall-11 should allow him to assume his usual front-running role, but and any further softening of the ground could see this fast-ground loving favourite drift in the market.
Finished sixth on his previous two starts in Group Company, but could relish this step-up in trip to 2-miles for the first time.
Won the Northumberland Plate last time off a big weight, but finished a long way behind Big Orange previously at Sandown. Draw in stall-14 unlikely to be a positive either.
A real stayer who would prefer an extra half a mile, and disappointed in a listed race last time.
Yet to win in 6 tries at Goodwood, and has 16lb to find with Big Orange.
Second and fourth in the last 2 renewals and, though he could run well again, he looks vulnerable for win purposes.
Prince Of Arran
Done his winning at Kempton on the all-weather and, despite finishing runner-up in this season’s Sagaro Stakes at Ascot, he has plenty to find in this company.
Beaten in a handicap at last year’s meeting, but posted some excellent results in Australia afterwards. Beaten at Royal Ascot last time, but 2-miles should suit if he can get a good position from a wide-draw in stall-4.
Found the ground on the fast side in this year’s Ascot Gold Cup, and should prefer the easier ground here. Definite chance on last year’s form if Big Orange doesn’t perform to his best.
US Army Ranger
Last year’s Derby form hasn’t really worked out and, even though he finished second there, his form has been poor since. Aidan O’Brien applies first-time headgear.
Adaptable horse who has beaten Order Of St George on the flat and won the Punchestown Champion Hurdle in the last 12 months. Only fourth in last year’s renewal though, and has a bit to find.
She Is No Lady
Finished a similar distance behind Big Orange twice this season, but could get closer on this slightly slower ground this time.
Still has untapped potential as a stayer, but so far has seemed best at 14-furlongs, and ran poorly in the Ascot Gold Cup.
Last year’s Cesarewitch winner finished seventh in the Ascot Gold Cup, but not sure a step back in trip is what she wants.
Getting 13lb from the older horses, but you have to go back to 1990 to find the last winning 3-year-old.
Looked sure to relish a step-up to 2-miles when wining over 14-furlongs at Royal Ascot, but is another 3-year-old.
If Big Orange handles the ground he will be very hard to beat but, with rain forecast for Tuesday, an each-way bet on Sheikzayedroad could be the better value bet. Third last year, he should appreciate the ground being slower than at Royal Ascot, and the form of his wins at Doncaster and Ascot last year would give him every chance.
Sheikzayedroad, Each-Way @ 12/1 Ladbrokes, BetVictor or PaddyPower