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A host of superstar stayers are set to contest the Goodwood Cup, but who gets the nod from Paddy’s ensemble of pundits?
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Stradivarius goes for a record-extending fifth victory in the race, Trueshan will attempt to confirm he’s the top dog over marathon trips, while Kyprios’ connections will be hoping for a repeat of his Gold Cup triumph.
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They are in the leading trio in the field of nine but the progressive Coltrane and popular mare Princess Zoe add further class to Tuesday’s 3.35pm at Goodwood.
The Goodwood Cup is shaping up to be a proper head scratcher with so many quality contenders. Thankfully, Paddy’s top tipsters have given us their best bets and you can find their fancies plus the latest prices on our snazzy widgets below.
Goodwood Cup runners
Away He Goes
Trainer: Ismail Mohammed Jockey: Jim Crowley Age: 6 Weight: 9st 11lbs Draw: 6
Failed to win in 2021 but he did post a really smart effort when second to Trueshan in this race 12 months ago. Well held in Hardwicke Stakes on reappearance and faces another stiff task here, but the step back up in trip will at least be in his favour.
Trainer: Andrew Balding Jockey: Rob Hornby Age: 5 Weight: 9st 11lbs Draw: 3
Improved performer this season, following up his Ascot Stakes win in listed event at Sandown (16.2f) 25 days ago by 10 lengths from Rodrigo Diaz, suited by way race developed. This demands more again but he’s thriving and shouldn’t be underestimated.
Trainer: Ian Williams Jockey: William Buick Age: 5 Weight: 9st 11lbs Draw: 1
Ex-French performer who looked a smart staying prospect for his new stable when hacking up in a valuable 1¾m handicap at Musselburgh on Easter Saturday. Unlucky not to follow up in Sagaro at Ascot but only fifth of 8 in Henry II Stakes at Sandown last time and this is a big ask.
Trainer: Aidan O’Brien Jockey: Ryan Moore Age: 4 Weight: 9st 11lbs Draw: 8
Has flourished with a clearer run at his racing this year, completing the hat-trick in 9-runner Ascot Gold Cup last time by ½ length from Mojo Star, battling well and suited by increase in trip. Obvious contender.
Nate The Great
Trainer: Andrew Balding Jockey: Tom Marquand Age: 6 Weight: 9st 11lbs Draw: 9
Looked better than ever when a wide-margin winner of a 6-runner Newmarket handicap in May. Even better form when second in Henry II Stakes at Sandown (16.2f) but was well below form in Queen Alexandra at Royal Ascot last time and easily passed over at this level.
Trainer: John & Thady Gosden Jockey: Andrea Atzeni Age: 8 Weight: 9st 11lbs Draw: 7
4-time winner of this race who showed he’s still one of the best stayers around when landing Yorkshire Cup on reappearance in May. Not seen to best effect when 1¼ lengths third to Kyprios in Ascot Gold Cup subsequently and seems sure to give another good account under change of rider (3-3 on him).
Trainer: Charlie & Mark Johnston Jockey: Franny Norton Age: 5 Weight: 9st 11lbs Draw: 5
Front runner who ran up to his smart best when runner-up to Stradivarius in Yorkshire Cup in May. Respectable fourth in 2m Sandown Group 3 next time but shaped as if amiss when well beaten in Silver Cup back at York last time. Blinkers back on and faces a very stiff task.
Trainer: Alan King Jockey: Hollie Doyle Age: 6 Weight: 9st 11lbs Draw: 4
Top-class performer who took this in 2021 and completed 5-timer with superb weight-carrying performance in 20-runner Northumberland Plate (Handicap) at Newcastle 31 days ago, grinding his way to the front near the finish after a scrap through the final 1f. Leading contender.
Trainer: Anthony Mullins Jockey: J. M. Sheridan Age: 7 Weight: 9st 8lbs Draw: 2
Smart mare who took advantage of the absence of Stradivarius and Trueshan when landing Sagaro Stakes at Ascot in April. Only 6¾ lengths sixth of 9 to Kyprios in Gold Cup at Royal Ascot subsequently, though was treated for heat stress afterwards.
Goodwood Cup tips
Matt Chapman: COLTRANE has plenty to find on official ratings but is improving and worth an each-way bet. The Andrew Balding trained five-year-old was a fantastic second in the Chester Cup, before going on and doing this blog a right turn at big odds at Royal Ascot. Since then he’s been to Sandown, and absolutely hacked up. He’s uncomplicated, and can be ridden anyway, which gives him serious each-way claims against many rivals with questions to answer. Could be a huge win for Rob Hornby.
Rory Delargy: The most interesting betting on the Goodwood Cup is at what time Trueshan becomes a non-runner. In his absence, KYPRIOS should confirm Gold Cup form with Stradivarius, despite the change of jockey on the latter.
Frank Hickey: KYPRIOS is the new kid on the block and has improved for stepping up to staying trips. He has won three on the bounce this season, including the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot, which he won despite a poor position and sedate pace. He will take all the beating here.
Timeform: TRUESHAN put up the sort of handicap performance that’s all too rarely attempted let alone accomplished when defying a BHA mark of 120 in the Northumberland Plate at Newcastle 31 days ago, so he looks the one to be with on the back of that stunning display. Kyprios is an interesting new addition to the staying scene following his success in the Ascot Gold Cup and commands the utmost respect, while stalwart Stradivarius can’t be written off for all that he’s not quite the force of old.
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