Qatar Goodwood Cup Preview: Tips, Betting Offers and Odds, 3.35 at Goodwood, 30th July 2019
Leg two of the stayer’s triple-crown takes place on day one at Glorious Goodwood, with the Goodwood Cup being the showpiece event of the opening day. Here we highlight the best odds and offers and provide our betting tips for the contest.
First run at Goodwood back in 1809, this two mile, Group 2 contest now offers £300,000 in total prize money. Read on for the lowdown on this race or check out all the latest offers for Glorious Goodwood.
Qatar Goodwood Cup Betting Tips
- Stradivarius to win at evens with Coral
- Flag Of Honour each way at 16/1 with BetVictor
Goodwood Cup Betting Offers
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- Other racing free bets, enhanced odds and other offers for this race will be listed in due course.
Goodwood Cup Ante Post Tips and Betting Offers, 3:35 at Goodwood, 30 July 2019
The 2 mile Goodwood Cup is the big race of the opening day at Glorious Goodwood. It’s one of the most high profile long distance races of the year and forms the second leg of the Stayers’ Triple Crown. In more recent years it became one of the legs for the Stayers’ Million. Stradivarius is in the midst of defending both of those achievements and heads to Goodwood as the strong favourite.
Stradivarius a True Horse in a Million
One of the truisms of horse racing is that favourites are there to be beaten. As the current dominant stayer in racing, Stradivarius has certainly been targeted by the trainers and jockeys of his competition in his recent starts but John Gosden’s five-year-old has just kept winning.
Obviously, it takes a huge amount of stamina to secure the results that Stradivarius has over the last 18 months or so. It also takes a massive amount of heart and it’s that heart that has been so evident this season.
Stradivarius was not able to win in dominant style in either the Yorkshire Cup or the Ascot Gold Cup but the way that he just would not allow first Southern France and then De Ex Bee past him showed just why he is so highly thought of by everybody connected to him.
Frankie Dettori is a good judge of a horse and said after partnering Stradivarius at Royal Ascot that “he does not know how to lose.” That will worry connections of every other horse in the Goodwood Cup field.
Flag Of Honour to Enjoy Firmer Ground
Aidan O’Brien couldn’t quite find the right race for Flag Of Honour in the early part of the season. He decided to make the four-year-old something of a pace horse for Magical until more suitable races came about with a view to a potential high class staying career.
It wasn’t to be for Flag Of Honour on soft ground at Ascot but a drop back to 2 miles and the likely much firmer ground at the end of July at Goodwood should suit him very well.
Stradivarius really is a wonder of a horse and is the most worthy of favourites for the Goodwood Cup. His price of evens with Coral may look a little short but it’s much bigger than you’ll get about him on the day.
Flag Of Honour will likely be significantly shorter come the off than the 16/1 that BetVictor are currently quoting. He could turn into a very good stayer in the not too distant future and should improve from his showing at Royal Ascot.
Qatar Goodwood Cup Previous Winners
- 2018 – Stradivarius – jockey Andrea Atzeni, trainer John Gosden
- 2017 – Stradivarius – jockey Andrea Atzeni, trainer John Gosden
- 2016 – Big Orange – jockey Jamie Spencer, trainer Michael Bell
- 2015 – Big Orange – jockey Jamie Spencer, trainer Michael Bell
- 2014 – Cavalryman – jockey Kieren Fallon, trainer Saeed bin Suroor
- 2013 – Brown Panther – jockey Richard Kingscote, trainer Tom Dascombe
- 2012 – Saddler’s Rock – jockey Johnny Murtagh, trainer John Oxx
- 2011 – Opinion Poll – jockey Frankie Dettori, trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni
- 2010 – Illustrious Blue – jockey Jim Crowley, trainer William Knight
- 2009 – Sciaparelli – jockey Frankie Dettori, trainer Saeed bin Suroor
- 2008 – Yeats – jockey Johnny Murtagh , trainer Aidan O’Brien
- 2007 – Allegretto – jockey Ryan Moore, trainer Sir Michael Stoute
- 2006 – Yeats – jockey Michael Kinane, trainer Aidan O’Brien
Race History Plus Jockey and Trainer Stats
Since its inaugural running in 1808 this contest has always been a race designed for those runners who thrive over a distance. Initially run over a marathon trip of three miles, it was reduced slightly to 2m5f in the early years, and remained contested over the this trip until as recently as 1990 when it became a 2m4f contest. The most drastic alteration came in 1991 when the current two mile trip was first introduced.
Staying legends such as Further Flight, Le Moss, Persian Punch, the brilliant Yeats and most recently Stradivarius (2017 and 2018) have all taken the trophy home on two occasions but only two have prevailed three times. Bucephalus, who was awarded the original silver trophy on a permanent basis and Mark Johnston’s hugely popular Double Trigger.
Having been with us in one form or another for over 200 years now, we have to sift a fair way through the history books to find the most successful trainer here. That accolade belongs to a certain John Scott who won the race an impressive seven times between the years of 1836 and 1860.
Five is the magic number when it comes to the leading jockeys, both when it comes to the number of wins and the number of jockeys to have achieved this feat. The names of Jem Robinson, George Fordham and Steve Donohue may not be too familiar to modern racing fans but those of legends Lester Piggott and Pat Eddery won’t soon be forgotten.
One for the Older Horses?
The theory that the stamina of a racehorse improves with age has been borne out to some degree in this contest. Between the years of 1977 and 2015 the prize was taken by those aged four or younger 14 times, compared to 25 times for the older runners. Persian Punch became the joint oldest winner over this period when winning as an eight year old in 2001, and brought the house down in 2003 when defying father time to win again at the age of 10.