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Goodwood Cup tips for July's Group 1 race. The Group One Goodwood Cup is a race run over a trip of two miles and one of the feature contests over the five-day Glorious Goodwood Festival. The current champion - Stradivarius - will be looking to join the likes of Double Trigger, Further Flight, Persian Punch, Yeats and Big Orange, who were all multiple winners of the Goodwood Cup. Read on for our free betting tips, predictions and analysis.
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|No.||Horse||Sign Up Offer||CLAIM||£30||£30||CLAIM||£40||CLAIM||£30|
|Order Of St George||11/2||5/1|
|Call To Mind||10/1||12/1||10/1||12/1||10/1|
|Time To Study||33/1||25/1||40/1||50/1||40/1|
Strawberries and cream, panama hats and Pimms are all the rage over the five-day Glorious Goodwood Festival each year but, of course, there is also some top-notch horse racing to enjoy.
We get going this year on Tuesday July 31st with a bumper card and one of the highlights is the Group One Goodwood Cup.
Run over a trip of two miles, the race is part of the British Champions Series and there are several Goodwood Cup tips to take into the contest. For example, in recent years we’ve seen eleven of the last fifteen winners aged five or older, while track experience is often a plus with eight of the last fifteen winners having raced at Goodwood racecourse before.
This year the Goodwood Cup has an extra sub-plot attached to it as the John Gosden-trained Stradivarius, who also won the prize twelve months ago, remains on target to scoop the Weatherbys Hamilton Stayers’ Million bonus.
He’s already landed the Yorkshire Cup and the Ascot Gold Cup so just needs to add the Goodwood Cup and then the Lonsdale Cup (York, 24th August) to pocket the million-pound bonus for winning all four cup contests.
With that in mind, we can expect the current champion – Stradivarius – to be a warm order for this once again. He’s beaten most of his main rivals already a few times this season and at the age of just four – which is young for a Cup horse – there is every chance there is bundles more to come.
With proven course and distance form at Goodwood – a track that doesn’t suit every horse – this is a huge plus, while he’s had forty days to freshen-up since Ascot. If we add in that the horse had a very similar route into last years race, having also won at Royal Ascot in 2017 (Queen’s Vase), then it really is hard to find flaws in his chance.
The horse that finished second to Stradivarius at Ascot in June was the French-trained Vazirabad but it’s now unlikely this six year-old will make the trip over, with connections having said if the weather is too hot then they will mush prefer to keep the horse at home.
However, we still might see the Ascot Gold Cup third and fourth though as Torcedor, who was third, and Order Of St George, who finished fourth, have entries in the Goodwood Cup.
Torcedor was only beaten one length in that Ascot race and over this four furlong shorter trip then he’s sure to have his supporters. He’s a very consistent staying flat horse that has finished in the top three in twelve of his eighteen races (five wins) on the turf. This Jessie Harrington-trained runner raced up with the pace the last day and despite running on well over that two and a half mile trip just got run out of things in the closing stages to suggest the drop back in trip will help. This will, however, be his first run at Goodwood, so if he does make the trip over would have this as a slight unknown but with eleven of the last fourteen winners of the Goodwood Cup aged five or older than this six year-old does have this key age stat on his side.
The Ascot Gold Cup fourth – Order Of St George – could also renew rivalry with Stradivarius. He’s another popular ‘cup horse’ that has a big fan base and a top-class CV in these contests. Having raced twenty-five times, he’s won thirteen and been second on six occasions, so that’s a 76% strike-rate finishing in the top two. He’s another that had every chance in the Ascot Gold Cup last time but also just got run out of things in the closing stages so based on that running has four lengths to make up on Stradivarius. The shorter trip will be fine and he’s a horse that acts on any ground so is sure to be a big player is coming over from Ireland. Those looking for a few negatives might cling to this also being his first run at Goodwood, plus the powerful Aidan O’Brien yard have surprisingly only landed this prize twice before – those came in 2006 & 2007 with Yeats. However, he’s a solid performer in these cup races and is one that punters should ignore at their peril.
We could have a royal runner too as the Queen’s Call To Mind has an entry at this stage. This four year-old was a cracking winner of the Group Two Belmont Cup over in America in June and is a previous Listed winner over one mile six furlongs at Goodwood so we know the track suits. That recent win came on very firm ground so there is every chance with the hot English summer we are having he’ll get his conditions come race day. The William Haggas yard will be seeking their first win in the Goodwood Cup but despite having nine pounds to find on the official ratings with last year’s winner – Stradivarius – his proven course from and ability to win over this two-mile trip are obvious pluses.
The improving Withhold could be an interesting runner for the Roger Charlton camp after an easy win in the ultra-competitive Northumberland Plate at Newcastle in June. There should be more to come from this five year-old even if this leap from handicap company into a Group One is a huge step up. He was well-backed for that Newcastle race and his supporters had few moments of worry after making all the running to win with plenty to spare. He had the useful Prince Of Arran almost three lengths back in second that day and let’s not forget he was also an easy winner of the Cesarewitch Handicap at Newmarket last October. Connections have clearly taken their time with him but from eleven starts he’s now won four times and based on the ease of that most-recent success looks a rapidly improving stayer that looks well worth a crack in this higher class.
St Michel is the final one to get a mention. This five year-old hails from the shrewd Sir Mark Prescott yard and has run well in these ‘cup races’ in the past. The stable often do well with their horses at this time of the year and the form of his half a length third in the Group Two Lonsdale Cup at York last August would give him a live a chance. Okay, he’s since flopped over in Germany in a two mile Listed contest but that was his first start around ten months. However, the fact he was sent off an odds-on favourite for that race in Germany suggests connections thought he’d run a lot better than he did. The long time off the track may have just caught up with him so with that outing sure to have blown away the cobwebs, plus the fact he’s a proven course and distance winner here at Goodwood suggest he’s another to give a second glance to.
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