Stradivarius stuns Big Orange to win Goodwood Cup
Stradivarius looks to be a strong contender in the current scene for John Gosden after stunning Big Orange to take the Qatar Goodwood Cup home. Frankie Dettori on his Ascot Gold Cup winner mount Big Orange looked to peg down their third successive victory as they tried their usual front-running techniques. But Gosden on Stradivarius stayed on firmly by taking benefits of the weight-for-age allowance. The 13-pound weight difference between the two of them proved decisive in the final furlong as Stradivarius pulled clear of Orange with another three-year-old Dessert Skyline coming in third. Gosden is no stranger to victory as he had done so in the Leger in recent years with the likes of Lucarno and Masked Marvel. Stradivarius after the win is now a 4-1 second favorite at the final Classic with Betfair.
Winter Nassau Stakes running high
Dual 1,000 Guineas heroine Winter will face eight rivals when she bids for a fourth consecutive Group 1 triumph in Thursday’s Qatar Nassau Stakes at Goodwood. Aidan O’Brien’s brilliant three-year-old, impressive winner of the Royal Ascot Coronation Stakes on her latest start, will start a warm favorite under Ryan Moore despite there being tremendous depth to the ten-furlong showpiece. John Gosden saddles both Shutter Speed and So Mi Dar, with Frankie Dettori electing to ride So Mi Dar. Pat Smullen partners Shutter Speed. Nezwaah, the winner of the Group 1 Pretty Polly Stakes last time, represents Roger Varian who said that he was extremely happy with her since her win in Ireland and that she is in great form for any upcoming events.
Candy gives Limato green light for Lennox Stakes
Tuesday’s Lennox stake will see Limato run at Goodwood. Limato is most effective on fast ground said Candy and owner Paul Jacobs as they took to surveying the course to see if it would be suitable for Limato. The course at Goodwood is officially good, soft at places but good nonetheless and Candy after having walked to the three-furlong marker was satisfied with the conditions and gave the thumbs up. They were hoping that there would be a lot of moisture on the course which could hamper Liamto’s performance and owner Paul Jacobs had turned in his suede shoes to get a firsthand feel for the surface and was pleasantly surprised by how much dried up the ground felt. They said that in the last couple of days the ground was too soft, and they didn’t have to walk through it to know that but they hoped that today would be different. They said that Limato given a free hard surface where he could bounce off was an entirely different horse altogether.