Stradivarius foils gallant Big Orange as Andrea Atzeni cleans up

Rufina Vignone
Agosto 2, 2017

Big Orange has drifted a little this morning for the first running of the Goodwood Cup as a Group 1 race, from odds-on on Monday evening to a top price of evens with several firms, including a handful who might actually lay more than tuppence ha'penny.

Big Orange can become the first horse to win the Goodwood Cup three years in a row if he wins the race, which has been upgraded to Group One status for the first time. "He could be anything". Now, with jockey Frankie Dettori back on board after missing Ascot because of injury and fresh from success on Enable in Saturday's King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at the same course, Big Orange faces up to 15 opponents in the two-mile race. Andrea said he's still mentally immature and he's improving all the time.

"I'd like the ground to dry as he at his most effective on fast ground".

Bell said: 'We know Big Orange is better on faster ground but the victor is probably a very good horse.

The script was written but Frankie Dettori and Big Orange were upstaged as they attempted to make history in the Goodwood Cup on Tuesday.

As such, a small alternative bet might be in order and, while he has plenty to find on the ratings, QEWY is ready to run a big race. It remains a very lopsided market, however, with every other horse in the 14-strong field on offer at double-figure odds since the chances arrayed against Michael Bell's gelding are all seen as much of a muchness.

Godolphin are double handed in today's Group 1 Sussex Stakes with Ribchester and Toscanini, both trained by Richard Fahey. "He got himself into a position that didn't suit, with both the victor and the second getting first run". "I just want him to turn up and perform - the one thing with Ribchester is that he never lets us down".

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