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Goodwood Cup preview

Sam Preen returns with a look at the premier distance race of the festival.

ARTEMIS GOODWOOD CUP (3:15 GLORIOUS GOODWOOD – THURSDAY)

Now I love these races. The first stamina testing race of the meeting, the Artemis Goodwood Cup has attracted a field of 10 runners, with Godolphin typically mob handed. First up is Group 1 winning Colour Vision, who was last seen holding off stablemate and the more fancied Godolphin runner Opinion Poll in the Ascot Gold Cup in June. Unbeaten in two runs this year, including a winner over this trip on his return, he could run another massive race.

The ageing Aaim To Prosper heads here after running the race of his life in Listed company last time out in the Coral Marathon at Sandown. He was a good stayer back in his day but heads here on a long losing run going back to 2010 and its better off looking elsewhere. Another ageing runner on a long losing run is Askar Tau, who hasn’t been the same force of old since losing his impressive record in the stamina testing Csarewitch back in 2008. He could run a big race on the back of his last two runs but he’s good for a place at best.

Outsider Chiberta King is finding his old form after finishing third on two occasions this season, behind Opinion Poll and Cavalryman respectably. His last win came in the Coral Marathon when just holding off Aaim To Prosper by a nose last July but this looks tough now he’s not the same force of old. Electrolyser left a lot to be desired on his return to racing when finishing seventh of 12 at Meydan earlier in the year and his last win came as a shock to punters when he bolted up at Nottingham in Listed Company after a very long losing run. Unfortunately, he’s not been able to repeat that form and he looks outclassed here.

Godolphin’s second string Lost In The Moment made a surprisingly successful, albeit unlucky stayer. He ran the race of his life in this last year to finish behind Opinion Poll but had to settle for second place, and looks more then capable of repeating that form after a respectable second behind Brown Panther in listed company last time. Nehaam heads here after trailing in behind Colour Vision at Ascot last time out. He isn’t bred to stay this far and looks much better running over shorter.

Irish raider Saddler’s Rock heads her after running the race of his life to finish an unlucky third in the Ascot Gold Cup on his first start over 2 miles. He faces a few of his Ascot rivals again but looks more then capable of running another huge race back down in trip and should take some beating. Willie Mullins, more known for his jumping exploits, sends in dual Royal Ascot winner Simenon, who bolted up in 2 huge fields in four days. He looks capable of running another big race here but the weight might stop him from running to success so easily. Last up is Times Up, who heads here after finishing a dead hear fourth with Zuider Zee in Group 3 company back in May. He hasn’t been seen since and the long break should suit him but he might find a few too good here.

Conclusion: A typically difficult field for the staying race, it could pay to side with the boys in blue Godolphin to win this for another year with Ascot Gold Cup winner COLOUR VISION, who is unbeaten in both runs this year and could run another massive race with conditions to suit. Of the rest, Royal Ascot winner Simenon could run into a place.

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