Qatar Goodwood Cup Betting Tips

Jake Cooper | 12 Oct 2016

Qatar Goodwood Cup | Thursday 30 July, 2015 | Goodwood Festival | 15.10

Thursday at Glorious Goodwood is Ladies Day with the feature race the two mile, 200-year-old Goodwood Cup.

Unlike the shorter, more explosive races, the Goodwood Cup is a full-on, tactical challenge for the jockeys and horses as they race the 3,200 metre course.

A Group 2 race, the Goodwood Cup boasts many big-name winners over its 200 year span, from Adross to Persian Punch, not forgetting Yeats, who won four Ascot Gold Cups in a row and was voted Europe’s Champion Stayer in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009.

This year’s Ascot Gold Cup winner Trip to Paris (7/2) looks to continue his excellent form at Goodwood under Ed Dunlop and is the clear favourite to take the prize.

However with Trip to Paris presenting such short odds, it could well be worth looking elsewhere for a better-priced horse.

Michael Bell’s Big Orange (11/2) enters the race after a superb win in Group 2 company over one and a half miles last time out and is our top tip for the Goodwood Cup. The four-year-old runs well over the longer two mile distance and could even improve with the step up.

Bell commented on Big Orange’s chances, stating, “We will have a look at the entries and see what the ground is like, but we will have a good shot at it.

“He had to run a career best at Newmarket in July and sometimes you never know when they are going to put one in like that.

“He ran well over over two miles on Champions Day and that was on bottomless ground, while he won over and a mile and three-quarters last year.

“Although [the Goodwood Cup] is a bit further than the Princess of Wales’s, he threatens to stay the trip.”

Further down the list a strong outside contender to win the race is Irish-trained Simenon (11/2) who impressed as a staying-on fourth behind Trip to Paris in the Gold Cup.

Scotland (12/1), Oriental Fox (10/1) and Pallasator (10/1) are all very much contenders for Thursday’s feature race, too, while Eye of the Storm and Quest for More look too short.

The field is completed by Angel Gabrial (16/1), Ausse Reigns (33/1), Sheikhzayedroad (20/1) and Vive Ma Fille (16/1).