The 2020 Goodwood Cup is the Group 1 highlight of the 2020 Qipco Good wood Festival. The race is run over two miles, and has attracted an interesting field of seven runners, with Stradivarius looking to secure a record-breaking fourth win in the race.
The 100-rated Euchen Glen has 25lb to find with the favourite and, unless he finds significant improvement for his first visit to Goodwood, he won’t be winning.
The 107-rated Who Dares Wins is another with a mountain to climb but he owes his connections nothing after 12 wins on the flat and over jumps. One of the best dual-purpose horses in training, he makes his first visit to Goodwood with a first-time visor on to aid his cause.
Eagles By Day is another visiting Goodwood for the first time, and he has untapped potential as a stayer as he steps up to 2-miles for the first time. However, despite being sent-off as the favourite, he was beaten by a couple of re-opposing rivals at Newmarket last season.
Spanish Mission and Nayef Road are those two re-opposing rivals and they’re 1-1 in their head-to-heads. Spanish Mission won the Newmarket race by four-lengths, but Nayef Road reversed that form at last year’s Glorious Goodwood Festival. If course and distance form is the key, then Nayef Road will come out on top this time.
Santiago is the least exposed runner in the field after just five runs, but those include a win in the Irish Derby, which was preceded by a win at Royal Ascot over 14-furlongs. That Royal Ascot win suggested he would stay today’s two-mile trip and he has a turn-of-foot that most stayers don’t possess. But he’s attempting to become only the second 3-year-old to win the Goodwood Cup since 1990 and his trainer Aidan O’Brien has only ever won the race with the mighty Yeats.
Stradivarius earmarked himself as a stayer of huge potential when becoming the only 3-year-old winner of the Gold Cup since 1990 when winning the 2018 edition. He’s since gone on to win three Goodwood Cups, while his third win in this year’s Ascot Gold Cup was breathtaking. Stradivarius is our 2020 Goodwood Cup tip and only a severe softening of the ground will dampen his chances.
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