3.10 Goodwood – Qatar Goodwood Cup
Twelve horses look set to take part in this year’s Goodwood Cup with Ascot Gold Cup hero Trip To Paris heading the field. On what we’ve seen there is little doubting Ed Dunlop’s stayer is the best in this race, but he must shoulder a Group 1 penalty of four pounds and drop a half-a-mile in trip.
He has the ability and class to cope with that, however. What the four-year-old possesses more than most in the staying division is a change of foot, a potent weapon over extreme distances. So even with a penalty he is still the one to beat.
Big Orange looked like a stayer to follow coming into the season, but started the season poorly. He bounced back to form last time out, however at Newmarket and now looks in much better form. He takes a big step-up in trip today, but he has shown he can stay last season. If adapting to the new test he is sure to run well.
Roger Charlton’s Quest For More was a good winner of the Northumberland Plate last time out and while this is a rise in class, he is a horse bang in form. He looks highly progressive, but this represents his toughest task to date.
Willie Mullins has booked Frankie Dettori for the ride on Simenon. There is no doubt he has the ability to win this, but he is such a strong stayer we wonder will the trip suit. He looks a candidate for a change in tactics and connections should strongly consider racing him more prominently.
The likes of Oriental Fox and Pallasator are respected, but not strongly fancied.
Big Orange is in form now and looks a danger to all, but this is a different test to his win last time out. Quest For More can go close, but this is a step-up in class. Simeon can go close if his tactics are changed, but at the prices we favour TRIP TO PARIS to defy a penalty.