Schiaparelli On Top in Goodwood Cup
1 (8) Schiaparelli 6/4 (F)
Goodwood’s racegoers were treated to a flying dismount from Frankie Dettori after he landed today’s feature the Group Two Coutts Goodwood Cup aboard Godolphin’s Schiaparelli.
It was a first try at two miles for the six-year-old who was sent off a well-backed 6/4 favourite and held off Mourilyan to take the Group 2 event by a length.
It was a 50th Glorious Goodwood winner for Dettori and a second Coutts Goodwood Cup success for Godolphin, who also won the race in 1999 with Kayf Tara.
“He’d been off the track for a while before running well at Newmarket last time and we decided to put him in this race and have a look. We thought the race looked winnable so we let him run and the Goodwood Cup is a nice race to win,” said Godolphin’s racing manager Simon Crisford.
“There’s a chance he may stay at two miles for the Doncaster Cup but it’s more likely that he’ll step back to a mile and a half for Grosser Preis at Baden Baden. If he ran really well in that, he could go back for the Arc.
“Frankie didn’t want to give him too hard a race and he’s had ongoing foot problems which probably explains why he must have cut in the ground, that’s really important to him.
“The team are in better form now and we were just lacking a top three-year-old before Delegtaor joined the stable. He will come here for the (totesport) Celebration Mile.”
Frankie Dettori commented: "Schiaparelli is a good horse and he has stayed the trip well - he won like a nice stayer. I had a little look and I saw Ryan (Moore) coming but we weren’t slowing down so I thought that we would be very hard to pass.
"He’s very versatile. He stays well and gets a mile and a half on soft ground - he does them both. The rain came last night which helped him, he likes to get his toe in, and I think he will have a big future.
“It’s taken me 22 years to get my 50th Glorious Goodwood winner but I’m glad to have done it.
“Hopefully, we are going to have a good second half of the season and I’m going to keep riding for as long as I can. I’m only 38 with school fees to pay and five hungry children at home.”
LONSDALE CUP NEXT FOR GALLANT MOURILYAN
Mourilyan, the 5/1 second-favourite, blew the cobwebs off a 147-day absence from the racecourse by posting a determined effort in the Coutts Goodwood Cup, just failing to overturn Schiaparelli by a length.
2009 Glorious Goodwood’s leading jockey Ryan Moore took the ride for his father, the Sussex-based trainer Gary Moore, who said: “I’m very pleased with that. It’s his first run for a long time and the winner’s got first run at him.
He added: “You have to remember that the winner’s a four-time Group 1 winner whereas this fellow isn’t.
“I imagine he’ll go to York now for the Lonsdale.”
Also heading to York but for a different engagement is The Betchworth Kid, who was making his first start in Group company and was a good choice for each-way backers when he was ridden into third place by Hayley Turner at odds of 33/1.
The four-year-old’s trainer Michael Bell said: “We’re very happy with that run and he’s now being aimed at the Ebor. As long as he gets his ground up there he should run really well.”
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