I’m pleased to report that Stradivarius has been his usual self since Ascot.
John & Thady [Gosden] have been very happy since the Gold Cup and the plan was always to go for a fifth Goodwood Cup (3:35pm), so we’re going to give it a crack.
It’s no easy task as he’s obviously not getting any younger, but he’s won it four times and sets the standard.
As for the Gold Cup, things just didn’t go his way on the day and we’ve got to put that run behind us.
We’ll never know how close he could have got to the winner, but we certainly didn’t get a clear run.
Once again, we’ve got a fairly big field so there could well be traffic problems, but he’s got through that before and that’s just something you have to deal with in racing.
The opposition looks as tough as the previous four years that he’s won it and in an ideal world we’d rather have faster ground.
I start the day with Harrovian in a typically tough-looking handicap (1:50pm).
He’s had a bit of a break since running at Epsom in April and will hopefully go okay fresh.
The track holds no fears for him but he’s unproven on softer ground.
Angel Bleu is being turned around quickly for the Vintage Stakes (2:25pm).
She put in a decent effort at Ascot on Saturday given he was keen and ran with the choke out.
I spoke to Ralph [Beckett] afterwards and he just felt that it was worth having another go now that the horse has got some of the freshness out of his system.
Fundamental is a bit of an outsider in the Lennox Stakes (3:00pm) but I’m pleased with the draw in stall one.
Seven furlongs at Goodwood is one of the distances where a good draw can be really important.
There are horses in there with a better profile than mine, but if we get a nice run then he could be in the mix.
I rode him in the Jersey Stakes on fairly soft ground and he handled that okay too.
Space Blues is the one we’ve all got to beat, but it’s 20 runners at Goodwood so anything can happen.
They put up the top prize money and you end up with very competitive races.
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