Artemis Goodwood Cup
|Group 2, Goodwood 15:10
2m, Class 1
|Thursday 31st July 2014|
1 Cavalryman 5/1
2 Ahzeemah 12/1
3 Brown Panther 11/4
NR: Moment In Time (IRE), Whiplash Willie
8 ran Distances: nk, 4½l, 7l
TIME 3m 27.07s (slow by 6.07s)
It's a Godolphin 1-2 in the Goodwood Cup. Cavalryman continues his great form with victory from Ahzeemah in 2nd.
Estimate very disappointing, Brown Panther shaped nicely but could only come third...
Trainer Saeed bin Suroor has his sights set on the Emirates Melbourne Cup after Cavalryman led home a 1-2 for the stable when coming home a neck in front of Ahzeemah.
“Cavalryman is a good fighter,” said bin Suroor. “He won over two miles in Dubai on firmer ground and also he won last time over a mile and a half at Newmarket on the soft. He runs on any ground and is doing really well. He improves with age.
“He is very easy to train, very simple. Whatever you ask of him in the morning, he does it really well. When he work over seven furlongs or a mile, he doesn’t show you a lot because he is a stayer. I think a mile and a six furlongs or two miles is the best trip for him.
“I said to Kieren (Fallon) to keep the horse where he is happy but the best way, like when he ran and won in Dubai, is to come from behind. He is a tough horse and always runs well.
“He has shown some turn of foot and now we will take him to York for the Lonsdale and then, for the end of the season, we will talk to Shiekh Mohammed but it could be the Melbourne Cup. Ahzeemah could be another option for the Melbourne Cup and I would like to take three horses down to Australia. For Australia you need to have a horse with class and speed.
“Two miles is his best trip and he won well last time over and a mile and a half on soft ground.
“Ahzeemah could also go to Australia. He needed his first race then he didn’t stay two and a half miles last time – I think two miles is his best trip as well.”
It was Saeed bin Suroor’s 72nd Goodwood winner and his 20th at Glorious Goodwood.
Jockey Harry Bentley came close to riding a major winner – and first at Glorious Goodwood – when driving Ahzeemah into a close second.
Bentley, whose services have been called upon by Godolphin on a number of occasions this season, has ridden three winners at Goodwood, but none at the feature meeting. After unsaddling his mount, a 12/1 shot who was finishing runner-up in the Artemis Goodwood Cup for the second year running, and was beaten just a neck on this occasion, the jockey said: “It’s disappointing to be touched off by such a short margin, but he’s run a great race – he did nothing wrong.
“I knew he would stay, but he just keeps galloping all the way to the line. He’s a hardy old thing.
“At one stage I thought I would get there, and the winner was always coming back to me, so it was frustrating not to get there.”
Bentley, who had not ridden Ahzeemah before, said: “It’s nice to ride for Godolphin, especially at a big meeting.”
The 2/1 favourite Estimate, a mare owned by The Queen, finished last of the eight runners – she was not only popular in the ring, but also with her rival Brown Panther, who finished third.
Richard Kingscote, who rode Brown Panther, said: “Every time I got in behind Estimate he latched on to her – I couldn’t get him to truly settle and he was using a little too much gas. It was frustrating because it was a messy race and they got racing a long way out, but we were beaten fair and square.
“He let himself down on the ground so I’m not using that as an excuse.”
Artemis Goodwood Cup
(British Champions Series) (Group 2)
£120,000 added, 3yo plus, 2m, Class 1
Going: Good to Firm