Stradivarius is set to face 10 rivals in his bid for a remarkable fifth victory in Tuesday’s Al Shaqab Goodwood Cup.
John and Thady Gosden’s superstar stayer has landed the 3200m Group 1 every year since 2017, beating the great Double Trigger’s record of three victories in the race in the 1990s.
Despite having come up short in his bid for a fourth Gold Cup success at Royal Ascot last month, Stradivarius will be a hot favourite to get back on the winning trail on the Sussex Downs under Frankie Dettori.
With his Gold Cup hero Subjectivist sidelined by injury, Mark Johnston instead saddles his half-brother Sir Ron Priestley and his stablemate Nayef Road.
Sir Ron Priestley steps up to two miles for the first time off the back of winning the Group 2 Princess of Wales’s Stakes at Newmarket over 2400m, while Nayef Road was runner-up to Stradivarius in last year’s Goodwood Cup, but has been disappointing of late.
Andrew Balding will have high hopes for Spanish Mission, who was one place ahead of Stradivarius when third in the Gold Cup.
Aidan O’Brien retains a strong hand, with recent Curragh Cup winner Amhran Na Bhfiann joined by Serpentine and Santiago, who won the Derby and the Irish Derby respectively last season.
The Donnacha O’Brien-trained Emperor Of The Sun is a fourth Irish challenger.
Away He Goes (Ismail Mohammed), Mekong (Jamie Osborne) and Trueshan (Alan King) complete the field.
Space Blues heads 14 declarations for the Unibet Lennox Stakes as he attempts back-to-back victories in Tuesday’s Group 2 over 1400m at Goodwood.
Charlie Appleby’s five-year-old went on to Group 1 glory in the Prix Maurice de Gheest afterwards and he won the very valuable Turf Sprint in Riyadh in February. However, he was beaten in the Al Quoz Sprint in Meydan on his only subsequent start.
Appleby also has Creative Force, who returns to 1400m after his four-race winning run ended with a fifth place in the July Cup.
The second, third and fourth from this contest 12 months ago – Paul and Oliver Cole’s Duke Of Hazzard, David O’Meara’s Escobar and John Quinn’s Safe Voyage – are set to do battle again while Jessica Harrington’s Real Appeal is the sole Irish-trained challenger.
Others in the mix include Roger Varian’s Khuzaam, the Ralph Beckett-trained Kinross, and Pogo from Charlie Hills’ stable. – Sportinglife.com