Qatar Goodwood Cup
Group 1, Goodwood 15:35
£500,000 added,
3yo plus,
2m, Class 1
  
Tuesday 1st August 2017

1 Stradivarius 6/1
2 Big Orange 6/4F
3 Desert Skyline 14/1
14 ran NR: Dal Harraild, Simple Verse Distances: 1¾l, 3½l, 3½l
Time: 3m 25.47s (slow by 4.27s)

Stradivarius wins the Goodwood Cup! And it's a hat trick for Andrea Atzeni!

Stradivarius
© Racehorse Photos
Stradivarius
 
Stradivarius
, with a 13lb weight allowance from the older horses, won the Group One Qatar Goodwood Cup for trainer John Gosden and owner-breeder Bjorn Nielsen.
 
Trainer John Gosden said: "Frankie controlled the race on Big Orange, he came up the middle, he didn't want to be attacked hard down the rail. It was clever of him, but our fella stays well.
 
"Andrea was very confident beforehand, I asked him if that was because he got in a muddle in the first and got the next two right?!  He said no!
 
"But it is full marks to Peter Shoemark, our racing office manager, he was the one who suggested the entry to me, I said are you mad? 
 
"But I thought about it and thought hang on, actually he has to give weight with the Group Two penalty from the Queen's Vase win, and running in anything else such as the Voltigier or a handicap he's have the penalty. So, I thought you're right to come here and this is Peter's victory not mine.
 
"I did say good luck to everyone going in, Big Orange has got a huge heart and has run with credit again, but he was running into a three-year-old now and not the older horses, who is getting 13lb from him. 
 
"Yes, last year, it would have been 16lb so it has changed, but full marks to the horse and owner-breeder Bjorn Nielsen, who has put an awful lot into this game to get nice moments such as this, which don't come along very often.
 
"We go to the St Leger, which is a race that I love and it is one mile and six and a half furlongs around Donnie, which is probably a similar test as it is an open galloping track whereas here is all zig zags and bends.
 
"I am always frightened when you take on the older horses with a three-year-old in a race like this, I thought he'd run well and I could see him in the frame but not necessarily winning. He has a good turn of foot, which is a good weapon in a two-mile race.
 
"I don't think the three-year-olds have an enormous advantage - Enable is a brilliant filly and this is a proper stayer, you can't come and do it without a proper horse.
 
"He goes straight to Donnie, goes there nice and fresh."

Qatar Goodwood Cup
(British Champions Series) (Group 1)
£500,000 added, 3yo plus, 2m, Class 1
14 ran
Going: Good

Pos Dr D Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st (5) Stradivarius (IRE) 6/1 Andrea Atzeni
8-8
J H M Gosden 3
2nd (11) Big Orange 6/4f L Dettori
9-7
M L W Bell 6
3rd (13) Desert Skyline (IRE) 14/1 David Probert
8-8
D R C Elsworth 3
4th (7) Wicklow Brave 8/1 Jim Crowley
9-7
W P Mullins 8
5th (10) ¾ She Is No Lady 33/1 James Doyle
9-4
R M Beckett 5
6th (9) ¾ Pallasator 25/1 Oisin Murphy
9-7
Sir Mark Prescott 8
7th (12) ½ Sheikhzayedroad 10/1 M Harley
9-7
D M Simcock 8
8th (16) ½ Us Army Ranger (IRE) 8/1 R L Moore
9-7
A P O'Brien 4
9th (8) Sweet Selection 33/1 A Kirby
9-4
H Morrison 5
10th (3) 1 Prince Of Arran 33/1 S Donohoe
9-7
C Fellowes 4
11th (14) Higher Power 20/1 T P Queally
9-7
J R Fanshawe 5
12th (1) 5 High Jinx (IRE) 66/1 D Allan
9-7
T D Easterby 9
13th (4) 2 Qewy (IRE) 16/1 W Buick
9-7
C Appleby 7
14th (2) 30 Oriental Fox (GER) 50/1 J Fanning
9-7
M Johnston 9
NR (15) Dal Harraild Non Runner
9-7
W J Haggas 4
NR (6) Simple Verse (IRE) Non Runner
9-4
R M Beckett 5