Stradivarius outguns Big Orange in the Goodwood Cup

Filed on 2 Aug 2017 @ 16:07

Queen's Vase winner Stradivarius (Sea The Stars), 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 on Thursday, beating the favourite Big Orange.

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 Voltigeur 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."

Filed on 2 Aug 2017 @ 16:07