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Al Shaqab Goodwood Cup Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series)

  • Prize money: £283550
  • 2m 0f 0y
  • Class 1
  • 9 runners
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Al Shaqab Goodwood Cup Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series)

Runners: 9 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

13/8 (Won)

  • Win: £2.50
  • Place: £1.15

Form: 14-111

Last run: 40 days

W: 9st 11lb

4 yo Colt

OR: 119

Form & Verdict

Lightly raced 4yo who is 3-3 this season and has shown much-improved form, winning twice over 1m6f in Ireland (Listed/Group 3) before landing the Group 1 Ascot Gold Cup (2m4f, good to firm) last month; the close third Stradivarius was denied a clear run at Royal Ascot but this fellow defied his own disadvantage having been wide on the turn for home; should have no problem with the drop back in trip and this rising staying star holds leading claims.

Place /
No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

2nd

3

(6)

21st Oct 2023

Soft

1m 7f 209y

Class 1

13:15 Ascot

Kyprios

9st 9lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: A P O’Brien

Last season's top stayer with a 6-6 record, including the Gold Cup here and best form when 20l winner (hanging badly when clear) on very soft over 2m4f in the Prix du Cadran; odds on but ring-rusty in the 1m6f Irish St Leger six weeks ago on return from injury, keeping on into second of four which connections reportedly assess as a satisfactory stepping stone to this race; the one to beat on peak form but needs a major step forward from that latest run.

5/4

2nd

3

(5)

10th Sep 2023

Good

1m 6f 0y

16:35 Curragh

Kyprios

9st 11lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: A P O’Brien

held up in rear but in touch with leaders, nudged along 4f out, chased clear leader over 1f out, kept on, no match for winner

11/10

1st

4

(6)

11th Sep 2022

Good To Yielding

1m 6f 0y

16:10 Curragh

Kyprios

9st 11lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: A P O’Brien

pushed along and prominent early, headway and went second over 3f out, pushed along to lead over 2f out, soon ridden and 2 lengths ahead, ridden out final 110yds, reduced lead towards finish

4/7

OUR TIP

11/4

  • Place: £1.50

Form: 123-13 CD

Last run: 40 days

W: 9st 11lb

8 yo Horse

OR: 118

Form & Verdict

Won this race four times in a row, including under Andrea Atzeni (in 2017 and 2018) who replaces regular partner Frankie Dettori; missed last year's renewal due to unsuitable soft ground; he doesn't have the same aura of invincibility as in the past but his form is still high class and he was denied a clear run when third (beaten about 1l) to Kyprios in the Ascot Gold Cup last month; should be bang there.

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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

5

(6)

19th Aug 2022

Good

2m 0f 56y

Class 1

14:25 York

Stradivarius

9st 5lb

J: Andrea Atzeni

T: John & Thady Gosden

Effervescent and seemingly ever-present at or near the top of the staying division; that includes wins in this race in 2018, 2019 and 2021 and he's also won three Yorkshire Cups, which makes him unbeaten in his six races at York; while not quite the force of old these days, he still gave Gold Cup winner Kyprios a big fright in the Goodwood Cup last month, just ahead of Trueshan, and looks set to throw down another powerful late challenge.

11/8

2nd

6

(7)

26th Jul 2022

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 1

15:35 Goodwood

Stradivarius

9st 11lb

J: Andrea Atzeni

T: John & Thady Gosden

midfield, headway from over 4f out, prominent when short of room under 4f out, pushed along and not clear run under 3f out, ridden 2f out, headway over 1f out, soon every chance, pressed leader final 110yds, just denied

11/4

3rd

3

(2)

16th Jun 2022

Good To Firm

2m 3f 210y

Class 1

16:20 Ascot

Stradivarius

9st 4lb

J: Frankie Dettori

T: John & Thady Gosden

walked to post, prominent early, midfield after 2f, towards rear when pushed along 3f out, not clear run and switched left from over 2f out, hard ridden and good headway on outer from over 1f out, went third inside final furlong, no extra towards finish

5/2

5/2

  • Place: £1.30

Form: 111-11 CD

Last run: 31 days

W: 9st 11lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 124

Form & Verdict

Two Group 1 wins last year (2m/2m4f, slow ground), clearcut in this race, and he was hugely impressive when defying a mammoth mark in last month's Northumberland Plate (2m, AW); very tough to beat if getting his preferred slow going, which looks unlikely, and fast ground would almost certainly mean he'd be a non-runner; good ground is a grey area in terms of both participation and performance (2-3 on such a surface with the last encounter in 2020).

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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

4th

7

(7)

21st Oct 2023

Soft

1m 7f 209y

Class 1

13:15 Ascot

Trueshan

9st 9lb

J: Hollie Doyle

T: Alan King

Goes very well in the mud; among his variety of big-race wins, this contest proved an excellent fit in the last three runnings (last two were on good to soft); had wind surgery after second start this season and his two runs since have been wins in the Doncaster Cup (seeing off Sweet William) and Prix du Cadran; still takes a strong hold and trying to hold him up proved a losing battle at Doncaster, before he dictated the pace in the Cadran; being able to dictate again can't be guaranteed but a fourth Long Distance Cup win may still be forthcoming.

2/1

1st

5

(3)

15th Sep 2023

Soft

2m 1f 197y

Class 1

15:00 Doncaster

Trueshan

9st 7lb

J: Hollie Doyle

T: Alan King

took keen hold, towards rear but in touch with leaders, good headway and led over 4f out, alone up the centre home straight, ridden and drifted left when joined over 1f out, led clearly inside final furlong, stayed on

15/8

7/1

Form: -42211 D

Last run: 25 days

W: 9st 11lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 111

Form & Verdict

Won the Melrose Handicap at York in 2020 and, having missed nearly all of last year, things have really clicked of late with wins in the Ascot Stakes (2m4f, good to firm) and at Sandown (2m, good; Listed); faces much tougher opposition here but he bolted up by 10l last time and it was a performance that suggests this highly progressive stayer could be a force in Cup races.

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Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

5th

2

(8)

21st Oct 2023

Soft

1m 7f 209y

Class 1

13:15 Ascot

Coltrane

9st 9lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: Andrew Balding

His only two runs on soft (unraced on heavy) were in 2020 and in the Doncaster Cup five weeks ago, below form in both; pipped by Trueshan in this race last year (good to soft) and in career-best form this season, showing it twice at this track and when winning at York on penultimate start; soft or heavy ground is the big worry.

7/1

5th

1

(5)

15th Sep 2023

Soft

2m 1f 197y

Class 1

15:00 Doncaster

Coltrane

9st 10lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: Andrew Balding

His only run on soft was in 2020 (below form) but he held Trueshan off by a neck in this race last year on good to soft; the positions were reversed at Ascot last October but this 6yo has had much the better season this year with his two Group 1 placings and wins in a Group 3 and Group 2; looks set to go well again.

6/4

1st

4

(5)

25th Aug 2023

Good To Firm

2m 0f 56y

Class 1

14:25 York

Coltrane

9st 5lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: Andrew Balding

Runner-up to Quickthorn in this race last year; better than ever to start this season when winning a 2m Group 3 in great style and a close second to Courage Mon Ami on good to firm in the Gold Cup, both at Ascot; raced in second for most of the way in the Goodwood Cup but too far adrift of front-runner Quickthorn and lost second on the line; balance of form suggests he will end up in the firing line.

5/2

Form: -62243

Last run: 17 days

W: 9st 11lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 110

Form & Verdict

Gave Stradivarius a race when a front-running second in the Group 2 Yorkshire Cup (1m6f, good) in May and respectable fourth in Group 3 Henry II Stakes at Sandown (2m, good) 13 days later; found to be lame when well beaten at York 17 days ago; very much up against it here even if back on song.

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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

5th

1

(13)

17th Aug 2022

Good To Firm

2m 0f 56y

Class 2

16:10 York

Thunderous

9st 12lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: Charlie & Mark Johnston

prominent, pressed leader 8f out, pushed along from over 3f out, ridden and hung left over 2f out, lost position from under 2f out, weakened inside final furlong

10/1

6th

7

(5)

26th Jul 2022

Good

2m 0f 0y

Class 1

15:35 Goodwood

Thunderous

9st 11lb

J: Franny Norton

T: Charlie & Mark Johnston

prominent, led over 7f out, pushed along and headed over 3f out, ridden and weakened over 2f out

66/1

3rd

2

(3)

9th Jul 2022

Good To Firm

1m 5f 188y

Class 1

14:20 York

Thunderous

9st 0lb

J: Franny Norton

T: Charlie & Mark Johnston

slowly away, soon pushed along to lead, headed 3f out, ridden 2f out, weakened over 1f out, finished lame (vet said gelding finished lame on his right-hind leg)

6/4

Form: 25-016 D

Last run: 40 days

W: 9st 8lb

7 yo Mare

OR: 110

Form & Verdict

Won the Group 1 Prix du Cadran (2m4f, heavy) in October 2020 and 5l runner-up in the Group 1 Ascot Gold Cup (2m4f, good to firm) last year; landed the Group 3 Sagaro Stakes at Ascot (2m, good to firm) in April but only sixth in the Ascot Gold Cup last month and looks vulnerable once more.

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No / Draw
Date / Going /
Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

13

9th Apr 2023

Soft

2m 4f 100y

14:35 Fairyhouse

Princess Zoe

11st 5lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: Anthony Mullins

Group 1-winning Flat performer got off the mark at Punchestown on hurdling debut over this trip; ran creditably, though didn't jump fluently, in Mares' Grade 2 novice at Cheltenham over 2m; this trip will suit better.

15/2

5th

16

16th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 0f 179y

Class 1

16:50 Cheltenham

Princess Zoe

11st 2lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: Anthony Mullins

High-class Flat stayer with Group 1 honours on the board and the recent rain is a blessing; however, has left it late to go hurdling and will need to jump with greater conviction than at Punchestown (2m4f, soft) where joined on the line by Ladybank; drop to 2m is a further cause for concern.

16/1

1st

6

30th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 4f 70y

13:57 Punchestown

Princess Zoe

11st 7lb

J: Danny Mullins

T: Anthony Mullins

raced freely, prominent, disputed lead after 1st, led 3rd, not fluent 5th, went clear home turn, reduced lead last, ridden and faced strong challenge run-in, kept on but joined post

5/4

50/1

Form: -94135

Last run: 61 days

W: 9st 11lb

5 yo Gelding

OR: 110

Form & Verdict

Others have stronger form but he's been better than ever this season for his new yard, and was denied a clear run when a very close third to Princess Zoe in the Group 3 Sagaro Stakes at Ascot (2m, good to firm) in April; on the wrong end of a pace bias at Sandown subsequently and not ruled out each-way.

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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
Jockey / Trainer
Verdict Starting price

1st

3

(5)

25th Jan 2024

Standard

1m 3f 23y

Class 2

13:00 Southwell (AW)

Enemy

9st 4lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: Ian Williams

Really smart effort to win a 1m4f Meydan handicap last January and not far off that level when runner-up in 2m handicaps at Kempton and Newcastle this winter; his very best form has come over further so a slight worry if this gets tactical.

8/1

2nd

2

(5)

1st Jan 2024

Standard

2m 0f 56y

Class 2

14:00 Newcastle (AW)

Enemy

9st 7lb

J: Clifford Lee

T: Ian Williams

took keen hold, held up in rear

11/2

2nd

1

(11)

6th Dec 2023

Standard To Slow

1m 7f 218y

Class 2

20:00 Kempton (AW)

Enemy

9st 12lb

J: Richard Kingscote

T: Ian Williams

A very useful stayer at his best who wasn't discredited when sixth to Sir Chauvelin over C&D four weeks ago; shortlisted off an easing mark.

16/1

Form: 314120 D

Last run: 38 days

W: 9st 11lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 106

Form & Verdict

Prominent-racer who has shown career-best form this season, easily winning a handicap at Newmarket (1m6f, good) before a creditable second in the Group 3 Henry II Stakes at Sandown (2m, good); may not have stayed 2m5f at Royal Ascot but has something to find here even if bouncing back.

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No / Draw
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Distance / Class
Time + Course Horse + Weight
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Verdict Starting price

0

6

(6)

25th Aug 2023

Good To Firm

2m 0f 56y

Class 1

14:25 York

Nate The Great

9st 5lb

J: Harry Davies

T: Andrew Balding

Best efforts on good or firmer; reproduced his best this season on the three occasions he's had his ground, including latest start when about 9l fifth to Courage Mon Ami and Coltrane in the Gold Cup; that also shows he has a bit to find on form, though, and he came last in this race last year.

33/1

5th

5

(4)

22nd Jun 2023

Good

2m 3f 210y

Class 1

16:20 Ascot

Nate The Great

9st 4lb

J: Harry Davies

T: Andrew Balding

Best efforts on good or firmer; ran at Royal Ascot as 2yo, 3yo, 4yo and 6yo, underperforming in the 2m5f Queen Alexandra on last two occasions and he has a major question to answer beyond 2m; hit career-best form elsewhere last term and reproduced it on the two occasions he's had his ground this season, but he's up against it at this level.

66/1

2nd

2

(1)

25th May 2023

Good

2m 0f 50y

Class 1

19:12 Sandown

Nate The Great

9st 4lb

J: William Buick

T: Andrew Balding

led, headed and raced in second after 2f

5/2

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Payout
Exacta £128.00
Straight Forecast £82.20
Tricast £126.50
Trifecta £212.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Coltrane

Telegraph:

Kyprios

RP Ratings:

Trueshan

Daily Express:

Stradivarius

Daily Mirror:

Kyprios

The Star:

Kyprios

Daily Record:

Kyprios

The Times:

Coltrane

The Guardian:

Coltrane

Daily Mail:

Coltrane

The Sun:

Coltrane

POSTDATA:

Trueshan

LAMBOURN:

Trueshan