Goodwood Cup Orange Double?
The Goodwood Cup has now been granted Group One status. Last year’s winner Big Orange is the clear favourite for the renewal this year.
He comes here on the back of a very impressive victory at Royal Ascot in the Gold Cup. There he held off the highly rated Order of St George by a short head.
This time Aiden O’Brien is throwing US Army Ranger at Big Orange to see if there are any chinks in his armour. Last year Big Orange was allowed to dictate the pace of the race and make all. I will be very surprised if he is allowed to do that this year as all the other trainers know he has undoubted stamina.
The only slight concern for me is the rain that has been falling. All of Big Orange’s wins on the turf have come on Good or Good to Firm.
As stated previously one of the main danger is likely to be US Army Danger. The Galileo colt tried 2m for the first time in the Queen Alexandra at Royal Ascot and came a very creditable third. Whilst he has only ever won 2 races from 10 (indeed those were his first 2 races), he has regularly ran in Class 1 company and has never been disgraced.
William Haggas has the current 2nd favourite in the market with the gelding Dal Harraild. My main concerns with this horse is that it needs the ground to dry out and it has never been tried beyond 1m 5f. I think to try and take on a horse of Big Orange’s calibre and to have a question mark against your stamina puts a big red cross against you for betting purposes.
I think an interesting contender may bet the filly Simple Verse. Whilst she was very disappointing in the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot she certainly has the pedigree and form in the book to trouble Big Orange.
She won the 2015 St Leger on Good to Soft going and as recently as May this year was beaten a neck in the Yorkshire Cup by the highly rated Dartmouth.
Tip of the Day
I think that Big Orange is by far the class horse in this race and will take all the beating.
BIG ORANGE TO WIN THE GOODWOOD CUP - GENERALLY AVAILABLE AT EVENS