Ascot Gold Cup winner Kyprios and three-time Gold Cup hero Stradivarius dominate Coral’s betting for the Al Shaqab Goodwood Cup following the latest entry stage for the Group One contest.
Kyprios leads the way at 5/4, Stradivarius is 6/4 while last year’s winner Trueshan is next at 5/1 ahead of Coltrane at 7/1.
Coral’s David Stevens said: “Barring a dramatic change in the weather forecast, Trueshan looks unlikely to get the conditions that would help him repeat last year’s victory, meaning Kyprios and Stradivarius dominate the betting for Tuesday’s Al Shaqab Goodwood Cup, and we just favour the latest Gold Cup winner over a rival twice his age.”
There were nine confirmations for the highlight of day one of the Qatar Goodwood Festival.
As ever where Trueshan is concerned, the weather will dictate whether he runs or not and after the recent heatwave, Alan King will have everything crossed the course receives a downpour or two.
Trueshan showed when defying a welter burden in the Northumberland Plate that he is still arguably the pre-eminent stayer in training.
In his absence Aidan O’Brien’s Kyprios won the Gold Cup at Ascot in a pulsating finish from Mojo Star, proving he is the up-and-coming force in the division.
KYPRIOS wins the 2022 Gold Cup at #RoyalAscot! 🏆
No 4️⃣th win for the great Stradivarius, but a 3️⃣rd for Ryan Moore, and a record extending 8️⃣th for Aidan O’Brien 🤯 pic.twitter.com/qKrd5n8ODi
— Ascot Racecourse (@Ascot) June 16, 2022
Back in third that day was John and Thady Gosden’s Stradivarius, who was searching a fourth win in the great race.
Unfortunately for his connections he could only finish third and owner Bjorn Nielsen has taken the decision to replace Frankie Dettori, who has won 15 Group races with Stradivarius.
It has been reported this could well be the eight-year-old’s last race and he will be ridden by Andrea Atzeni, who has won the Goodwood Cup twice before on him.
Coltrane arrives on the back of two wins having led home a big field in the Ascot Stakes and won a Sandown Listed event by 10 lengths. His Andrew Balding-trained stablemate Nate The Great (40/1) could also run.
Princess Zoe (10/1) is consistent in these races for Tony Mullins, while Away He Goes (25/1), Enemy (25/1) and 50/1 outsider Thunderous complete the list of Goodwood Cup runners.
There are 13 possibles in the World Pool Lennox Stakes on Tuesday, headed by the William Haggas-trained Sacred who was last seen finishing just a length behind Naval Crown in the Platinum Jubilee over an inadequate six furlongs. She will be suited be seven furlongs and heads Coral’s betting at 5/2.
Glorious Goodwood gets under way with the Coral Chesterfield Cup, for which Protagonist is the sponsor’s 6/1 favourite.
In the Japan Racing Association Vintage Stakes, surprise 40/1 Chesham winner Holloway Boy is one of 14. Karl Burke’s youngster won that on his debut and at this stage falls into the ‘could be anything’ category.
Incredible! Holloway Boy flies to win the Chesham on debut for Danny Tudhope and @karl_burke! #RoyalAscot pic.twitter.com/OOrB2wDjGW
— At The Races (@AtTheRaces) June 18, 2022
“He goes for the Vintage, all being well – he looks in great form,” Burke told Racing TV.
“We’ve got a lot of runners going down there actually. Off the top of my head there’s him, Al Qareem goes for the Gordon Stakes, Marsh Man goes for the Richmond and there’s plenty other nice horses going down there.”
Show Respect, Mysterious Night, Aidan O’Brien’s Hans Andersen and the Charlie and Mark Johnston pair of Dear My Friend and Dornoch Castle all look capable of making a mark.
Holloway Boy heads Coral’s betting at 10/3 in the firm’s opening show on the race, while Hans Andersen is the 7/2 second favourite ahead of Show Respect at 5/1.
Stevens said: “Holloway Boy may have produced the shock of the Royal meeting when making a winning debut in the Chesham Stakes, but there appeared to be no fluke about that victory, and as a result he heads our betting for the JRA Vintage Stakes.”
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