IT’S not worth fiddling around in the Qatar Goodwood Cup.
STRADIVARIUS continues to put in virtuoso performances and he looks a good thing to make it a hat-trick of wins in this Group 1 contest. The star stayer landed his second Gold Cup at Royal Ascot on unsuitably soft ground and he just doesn’t seem to have any weaknesses.
Cross Counter 4/5
One to Count on. Handed out a beating to Dee Ex Bee when taking the Gordon Stakes at this meeting 12 months ago. Went on to become the first British-trained horse to win the Melbourne Cup. Might have found the ground too soft when returning from a break to finish fourth behind Stradivarius in the Gold Cup. Could get closer this time.
Dee Ex Bee 4/5
Honey Bee. Failed to win last season but he showed his class when runner-up in the Derby. Seemingly found the ground a bit lively when runner-up behind Cross Counter in the Gordon Stakes at this meeting last year but he had no problem with quick conditions upped to 2m this year. Chased home Stradivarius in the Gold Cup and he looks one of the main threats again today.
Southern France 3/5
Gone South. Promising stayer last season but ended it on a lowish note when beaten favourite in the Cesarewitch. Had the advantage of race fitness when chasing home Stradivarius at York in May. Not as good since and plenty to prove in this grade.
Long live the king. One of the great stayers. Going for a hat-trick of wins in this race. Overcame unsuitably soft ground to land his second Gold Cup at Royal Ascot last month with Dee Ex Bee and Cross Counter behind. Hard to see anything lowering his colours.
Wells Farhh Go 4/5
Could Go Well. Not had much racing but always had potential as a stayer. Bossed the 1m5f Bahrain Trophy from the front last season and returned with a comfy 1m4f Listed win at Newmarket. This is way tougher but he should come into his own upped to 2m for the first time.
Dashing Willoughby 3/5
The soft option. Not disgraced in Derby trials before grinding it out to beat Barbados in the Queen’s Vase at Royal Ascot. Couldn’t take advantage of an easy lead on quicker going in a Newmarket Group 2 but shapes as if 2m will help. Needs it to rain.
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Harpo Marx 1/5
Only the bookies will be laughing. Had little trouble taking an ordinary Tipperary maiden in June before finishing in midfield in the Queen’s Vase. Hard to make any case for him upped to this top class.
South Pacific 2/5
Heading South. Got the better of stablemate Barbados in a spring maiden but beaten the following month. Was getting plenty of weight from Constantinople when landing the King George V Handicap at Royal Ascot. Needs to take a big step forward to figure.