Qatar Goodwood Cup: The contenders

03 Août, 2019, 22:22 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion
  • Frankie Dettori celebrates a win aboard Enable

At first glance Tuesday's race might look broadly like a re-run of the Gold Cup at Ascot, where Stradivarius beat last year's Derby second Dee Ex Bee, with Melbourne Cup victor Cross Counter in fourth.

Cross Counter finished fourth last time out behind Stradivarius in the Gold Cup (2m4f) at Royal Ascot and will again be ridden by James Doyle.

"I'm not going to be bold and say we will turn things around, but this race will play more to the strengths of our horse I feel".

Stradivarius was unbeaten in five starts previous year, when he won the Yorkshire Cup, Gold Cup, a second Qatar Goodwood Cup, the Weatherbys Hamilton Lonsdale Cup and the QIPCO British Champions Long Distance Cup.

"The Weatherbys Hamilton Stayers" Million is all about focusing more attention on the Stayer and Tuesday's race will be sure to do just that'.

Cross Counter carried 51kg in last year's Cup win with Kerrin McEvoy in the saddle when defeating Marmelo by a length. Last year's Investec Derby runner-up had previously won the Longines Sagaro Stakes at Ascot and Matchbook VIP Henry II Stakes at Sandown.

Trainer Charlie Appleby said a return to Melbourne was firmly on the agenda.

On Tuesday he relies on Dee Ex Bee, who rallied gamely to finish a length runner-up to Stradivarius in the Gold Cup after making the running under Silvestre de Sousa.

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"Cross Counter has gone and run a very creditable race - when he travelled into contention from the three-furlong marker to the two, I thought we were in the right position to be able to serve it up to Stradivarius, but he is just too good".

Charlie Hills is hoping better ground suits Phoenix Of Spain, after he failed to follow up his Irish Guineas win over Too Darn Hot at Ascot.

"Another positive is that he is the course record holder for a mile and a half at Goodwood, so he handles the course".

However, Andrew Balding, who is enjoying a wonderful season, quite fancies his chances of causing an upset with Dashing Willoughby, and when asked at Ascot on Saturday if the three-year-old allowance was a big attraction he answered "very much so", before pointing out that because the Queen's Vase is a Group 2 now he's not easy to place without a penalty.

Aidan O'Brien, successful with the mighty Yeats in 2006 and 2008, is represented by Southern France, South Pacific and Harpo Max.

The three-year-old son of Nathaniel landed the Queen's Vase before dropping back to a mile-and-a-half and finishing a close fourth in the Princess Of Wales's Tattersalls Stakes at Newmarket on his latest start.

'It's obviously another step up in class but he's a Group 2 victor and we have limited options.

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