Goodwood Cup 2017: Timeform's runner-by-runner guide

The feature race at Goodwood on Tuesday is the Goodwood Cup
The feature race at Goodwood on Tuesday is the Goodwood Cup

Timeform bring you their runner-by-runner guide to Tuesday's Group 1 Goodwood Cup...

"He attempts to emulate Double Trigger and win this event for a third time..."

Goodwood Cup
Tuesday 1st August, 15:35

1. BIG ORANGE (Michael Bell/Frankie Dettori)

Very smart performer who won Princess of Wales's Stakes at Newmarket and this race (both for second year in succession) in 2016. Returned as good as ever this year with wins in Henry II Stakes at Sandown (by five lengths from Higher Power) and Gold Cup at Royal Ascot (by short head from Order of St George) last time, holding on gamely. Very much one to beat in his hat-trick bid.

3. HIGHER POWER (James Fanshawe/Tom Queally)

Won twice at Kempton in 2016 and took another step forward when winning Northumberland Plate at Newcastle (by half a length from Natural Scenery) last time, quickening to lead over 1f out before digging deep. More needed to reverse earlier form with Big Orange back up in grade here, however.

4. HIGH JINX (Tim Easterby/David Allan)

Prix du Cadran (2½m) winner for James Fanshawe in 2014 and ran huge race for new yard after two years off when half a length third to Dartmouth in Yorkshire Cup at York in May. Off eight weeks, below form when last of five to Rare Rhythm in listed race at same course last time.

5. ORIENTAL FOX (Mark Johnston/Joe Fanning)

Smart performer who won 21f Queen Alexandra Stakes (for a second time) at Royal Ascot (by one and three quarter lengths from Thomas Hobson) in June. Respectable fifth in 2m listed race at Sandown last time, though even best form leaves him with plenty to find here.

6. PALLASATOR (Sir Mark Prescott/Luke Morris)

Won Henry II Stakes at Sandown (by two and a quarter lengths from Suegioo) in 2016. Respectable six and a half lengths fifth on return in 2m Sagaro Stakes at Ascot in May, unsuited by way race developed, though reportedly not been himself at home since. Often gets worked up before race.

7. PRINCE OF ARRAN (Charlie Fellowes/Stevie Donohoe)

Smart handicapper who ran as well as ever when second in Sagaro Stakes and was better than result when 11 and a quarter lengths eighth in Gold Cup last time, finding the test too much. Plenty to find with the principals on form here, though.

8. QEWY (Charlie Appleby/William Buick)

Enjoyed productive spell 'Down Under' in 2016, finishing fourth in Melbourne Cup at Flemington between wins in Geelong Cup (Handicap) and listed handicap at Sandown (Australia). Creditable reappearance when fourth in Queen Alexandra last time, and should come on for the run.

9. SHEIKHZAYEDROAD (David Simcock/Martin Harley)

Better than ever in 2016, finishing one and a quarter lengths third in this race before winning Doncaster Cup and Long Distance Cup at Ascot. Ran well when third in Dubai Gold Cup at Meydan in March, but below form after three months off when nine and three quarter lengths sixth in Gold Cup last time, seemingly not giving his all, and has something to prove now.

10. US ARMY RANGER (Aidan O'Brien/Ryan Moore)

Won maiden at the Curragh and Chester Vase before strong-finishing second to Harzand in Derby at Epsom in 2016. Not gone on as seemed likely, however, and was again well below form when three lengths third in Queen Alexandra last time.

11. WICKLOW BRAVE (Willie Mullins/Jim Crowley)

Grade 1-winning hurdler who finished three and a quarter lengths fourth in this race and won Irish St Leger at the Curragh (by half a length from Order of St George) last season. Respectable half a length second to Rekindling in Curragh Cup (1¾m) last time and definite place claims again here.

12. SHE IS NO LADY (Ralph Beckett/James Doyle)

Smart mare who won 1¾m listed race at Saint-Cloud last year and produced career best when six and a half lengths fourth in Gold Cup last time, seemingly suited by step up in trip. No obvious reason why she should reverse placings with Big Orange here, however.

14. SWEET SELECTION (Hughie Morrison/Adam Kirby)

Most progressive in 2016, winning four times including 33-runner Cesarewitch at Newmarket in October. Improved again when following up on return in Sagaro Stakes (by one and a half lengths from Prince of Arran) and respectable efforts twice since, including when seventh in Gold Cup.

15. DESERT SKYLINE (David Elsworth/David Probert)

Placed in three of four starts this season (three and a half lengths sixth in Queen's Vase on other occasion), and produced best effort when length second to Raheen House in Bahrain Trophy at Newmarket last time, sticking to task well. More needed against older horses here, though.

16. STRADIVARIUS (John Gosden/Andrea Atzeni)

Useful performer who won handicap at Beverley in April and took step up in class in his stride when winning Queen's Vase at Royal Ascot (by a neck from Count Octave) last time, having to weave way through and quickening to lead late on. Likely to progress further and respected accordingly.

Timeform Goodwood Cup 1-2-3

1. Big Orange
2. Stradivarius
3. Wicklow Brave

Timeform Analyst's Goodwood Cup Verdict:

BIG ORANGE had several of these well behind when a game winner of the Ascot Gold Cup and is a confident selection as he attempts to emulate Double Trigger and win this event for a third time. The progressive Stradivarius might give the selection most to think about, while Wicklow Brave makes some each-way appeal.

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