With it being one of the biggest international meetings on the Flat Calendar, it is no surprise that Glorious Goodwood has attracted some of the best turf horses from around the world once again. For those who will be attending the West Sussex racecourse and those watching on television, these three stars could light up the week on the track.
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Stradivarius has dominated the 2m+ division over the last couple of years and he is looking to make history in the Goodwood Cup by becoming only the second horse to win the race on three occasions. John Gosden’s stayer prevailed in the 2m contest for the first time in 2017 as a three-year-old and then defended his crown 12 months later. The champion stayer proved his class once again recently when he won the Ascot Gold Cup for the second time in his career at Royal Ascot. The reigning champion is 4/5 in the horse racing betting to complete his hat-trick bid in the Goodwood Cup where he is sure to get a huge reception from the crowd if successful.
Too Darn Hot
After winning the Group One Dewhurst Stakes at the back end of 2018, Too Darn Hot went into his three-year-old campaign as one of the horses that people were excited about the most, especially in the 2000 Guineas over 1m at Newmarket. Unfortunately for connections, the son of Dubawi missed the opening Classic of the season through injury. On his return to the racecourse, he didn’t quite impress as many expected as he was second in the Irish 2000 Guineas at the Curragh and third in the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot. He did bounce back recently, though, in France in the Prix Jean Prat where he was very impressive in the Group One, scoring by three lengths. The champion two-year-old colt could be set for a strong end to the campaign, with the Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood being his most likely next appearance.
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solid campaign so far with victory coming on his seasonal reappearance at Haydock in the Temple Stakes. Unfortunately for the four-year-old, he had to settle for second place behind Blue Point in the King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot for the second consecutive year. After sealing the big spring double at the royal meeting, Blue Point has now retired, therefore, Battaash has the opportunity to really establish himself as the number one in the division at Glorious Goodwood. The bookmaker makes him the odds-on favourite at 4-7 to win the King George Stakes. If successful there, he is sure to return to France in October for the l’Abbaye at Longchamp.
Outside of the equine stars, Frankie Dettori is really in form this season and is expected to be challenging for the leading jockey crown at the meeting, while Gosden and Aidan O’Brien are sure to be fighting it out for the leading trainer award in what should be a fantastic week of racing.