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Brown Panther Pounces in Goodwood Cup

1 Brown Panther 13/2
2 Ahzeemah 12/1
3 Altano 8/1
14 ran Distances: 3½l, ¾l, 1¼l
TIME 3m 22.79s (slow by 1.79s)

Tom Dascombe has taken a leaf out of the book of his jump racing colleagues with his handling of Brown Panther this season, with the Artemis Goodwood Cup the second leg of a four-race plan. Today’s three-and-a-half length Group Two success followed victory in a Listed contest at Pontefract and next on the five-year-old’s agenda are the Irish St Leger and then the Melbourne Cup.

Brown Panther
© Caroline Norris

Brown Panther

“We perhaps haven’t done as well as we should with him since he won at Royal Ascot at three,” said Dascombe. “So we’ve decided to be careful and pick just a few targets in a season, and make absolutely sure we get him right for each one, like the National Hunt boys do, and it seems to be working.

“Just four races this year is the plan, with the Melbourne Cup the final aim, though obviously it’s one step at a time. This race was very much the plan as his first prestige target and now we can press on from here. And the horse has been helping us because he’s maturing all the time.”

The Artemis Goodwood Cup is the biggest success of Dascombe’s career to date, and his first winner at Glorious Goodwood. A step up to Group One level again is next in the Irish St Leger at the Curragh in September, a race in which Brown Panther was beaten a head and a short-head into third last year.

“We have struggled a little for good horses,” said Dascombe, who trains from Michael Owen’s stables in Cheshire. “This one is obviously our best, and we’ve got to make the big races count when we can.”

Brown Panther started as a 13/2 shot. “The lads at the yard like a bet,” added Dascombe, “but they like a result better, and I think they left him alone today.”

The Goodwood Cup was also rider Richard Kingscote’s best result. “I had to ask him out of the stalls to make sure he held a position,” he said, “but he travelled good all the way. It was a genuine pace and turning for home I was actually pretty confident. I wanted to keep him up there because I didn’t want to be caught for toe – he likes to be involved in a race early and then grind it out. Today’s step up to two miles helped.

“He’s become more straightforward to ride as he’s got older; when he was younger he could be a bit quirky. He’s a horse who likes a race to go his own way, if there’s a sprint to the line and he gets left, he loses interest. I was delighted after the first couple of furlongs to get a lead and I was just a question of enjoying it for the next mile.He likes to be put into a race early so he can boss it a bit and once he saw the gap today and put his head through it he just took off.

“He’s a lovely animal to be around, and a real nice horse for me to be on. And on this evidence there is still more to come.”



Artemis Goodwood Cup (British Champions Series)
£100,000 added, 3yo plus, 2m, Class 1
14 ran

Going: Good

Starting Price
Beaten Distance
Brown Panther
Tom Dascombe
R Kingscote
9st 7lbs
13 - 2
S bin Suroor
K Fallon
9st 7lbs
12 - 1
3 1/2 lengths
Andreas Wohler
E Pedroza
9st 7lbs
8 - 1
3/4 length
Number Theory
J R Holt
F Norton
9st 7lbs
33 - 1
1 1/4 length
No Heretic
D M Simcock
Jim Crowley
9st 7lbs
50 - 1
S bin Suroor
M Barzalona
9st 7lbs
14 - 1
1 length
Colour Vision
S bin Suroor
S De Sousa
9st 7lbs
8 - 1
1 length
Mount Athos
L M Cumani
J P Spencer
9st 7lbs
3 - 1
1 length
J H M Gosden
William Buick
9st 7lbs
5 - 1
1 1/4 length
Askar Tau
M P Tregoning
G Baker
9st 7lbs
33 - 1
1 1/2 length
Mister Impatience
M Johnston
J Fanning
8st 6lbs
25 - 1
1 3/4 length
Saddler's Rock
J M Oxx
D P McDonogh
9st 7lbs
10 - 1
3/4 length
Glen's Diamond
R A Fahey
T Hamilton
9st 7lbs
33 - 1
12 lengths
Sir Mark Prescott
R Hughes
9st 7lbs
25 - 1
18 lengths


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Trainer Saeed bin Suroor felt that Ahzeemah relished the step up in distance to two miles for the Artemis Goodwood Cup when the four-year-old finished three and a half lengths runner-up to Brown Panther.

“It was a very good run. He tries very hard and has a big engine,” said bin Suroor. “He won in Dubai and ran well last time and has a big heart. Two miles could be the best trip for him but he could now go for the Group Three at Newbury (the Geoffrey Freer Stakes over an extended mile and five furlongs).”

German raider Altano was three-quarters of a length further back in third and Christa Germann, assistant to Andreas Wohler, commented: “He ran a good race in the Gold Cup at Ascot, which was his first time in this sort of race, and we could go for the Prix du Cadran and then the German St Leger four weeks later.

“This is a difficult course and sometimes this horse needs to be on his own to perform at his best.”

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