15:35 Goodwood

Tuesday 27 July 2021

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

  • 3YO plus  |   Class 1  |   2m  |   Soft (Heavy in places)  |   8 Runners  |   Turf
  • Weighed In
  • Off time: 15:35  |   Winning time: 3m 37.05s
1
(4)
Horse silk
Amhran Na Bhfiann30
Age: 4|  Weight: 9-9| J: James Doyle| T: A P O'Brien| OR:  112
14/1
Readily brushed aside in the Gold Cup but down in trip with blinkers discarded, he produced a strong front-running performance when doubling tally at the Curragh. This no easy race to back that up.
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2
(5)
Horse silk
Away He Goes17
Age: 5|  Weight: 9-9| J: Jim Crowley| T: I Mohammed| OR:  111
33/1
Better than ever upped in both trip and grade when 5¾ lengths third to Subjectivist in Dubai Gold Cup at Meydan (15.9f, good) in March. Also shaped quite well when fifth at York 17 days ago.
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3
(7)
Horse silk
Emperor Of The Sun40
Age: 4|  Weight: 9-9| J: G M Ryan| T: Donnacha O'Brien| OR:  112
10/1
Gained a deserved second success, and a first at listed level, at Leopardstown in May. Kept at it for fifth at Ascot and while he lacks the class of a few of these, stamina is clearly his forte.
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5
(11)
Horse silk
Nayef Road40
Age: 5|  Weight: 9-9| J: Andrea Atzeni| T: M Johnston| OR:  111| C| D
28/1
Filled the forecast spot behind Stradivarius at Ascot and this race last summer. Unable to maintain those levels this year, the latest sixth in the Gold Cup was a bit more like it.
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6
(8)
Horse silk
Santiago40
Age: 4|  Weight: 9-9| J: W M Lordan| T: A P O'Brien| OR:  111
6/1
Irish Derby winner who was also fourth in the St Leger last season. Better run second time back this year when second to Spanish Mission in the Yorkshire Cup prior to a seventh-place finish at Ascot.
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7
(6)
Horse silk
Serpentinep40
Age: 4|  Weight: 9-9| J: R L Moore| T: A P O'Brien| OR:  117
8/1
Stunning front-running Derby success in 2020 a big stand out performance. Possibly needed run at the Curragh on return and stamina gave way having been supplemented for Ascot Gold Cup,
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8
(9)
Horse silk
Sir Ron Priestley19
Age: 5|  Weight: 9-9| J: F Norton| T: M Johnston| OR:  118| C
9/2
Enjoyed a fantastic 3-y-o campaign and returned with 2 victories, including the Jockey Club at Newmarket. Settled better when making all on the July Course 3 weeks ago and supplemented for this.
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11
(2)
Horse silk
Trueshan31
Age: 5|  Weight: 9-9| J: Hollie Doyle| T: A King| OR:  118| BF| D
6/5
Sound return when second in the Ormonde Stakes and having been rerouted from Ascot (due to ground) he produced a cracking effort from a very high mark when sixth in the Northumberland Plate.
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Non-Runners

4
(3)
Horse silk
Mekong122
Weight: 9-9|  Age: 6
T: J A Osborne  J: J P Spencer
NR
9
(10)
Horse silk
Spanish Mission40
Weight: 9-9|  Age: 5
T: A M Balding  J: W Buick
NR
10
(1)
Horse silk
Stradivarius40
Weight: 9-9|  Age: 7
T: J & T Gosden  J: L Dettori
NR

Forecasts

Trueshan (6/5), Stradivarius (5/4), Sir Ron Priestley (9/2), Spanish Mission (11/2), Santiago (6/1), Serpentine (8/1), Emperor Of The Sun (10/1), Amhran Na Bhfiann (14/1), Nayef Road (28/1), Away He Goes (33/1), Mekong (100/1)

Verdict

STRADIVARIUS has suffered a dent to his strike rate in recent times, but there were clear excuses at Ascot (denied a clear run and Dettori was gentle on him once his winning chance had gone) and he remains the one to beat in his quest for the 5-timer in this race. With Gold Cup winner Subjectivist out for the season, Spanish Mission and Trueshan look the main threats.

  1. STRADIVARIUS (IRE)
  2. SPANISH MISSION (USA)
  3. TRUESHAN (FR)

Previous Winners

2020
Stradivarius
Weight: 9-9  |Age: 6
4/7

Prize Money

1st: £294,183.002nd: £111,531.003rd: £55,818.004th: £27,805.005th: £13,954.006th: £7,003.00

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