Qatar Goodwood Cup
Group 1, Goodwood 15:35
£500,000 added,
3yo plus,
2m, Class 1
  
Tuesday 30th July 2019

Unibet rates outstanding stayer Stradivarius a 5/6 chance to emulate record-breaking Double Trigger by gaining a third victory in the two-mile £500,000 G1 Qatar Goodwood Cup on Tuesday, July 30, following his wins in the 2017 & 2018 renewals. 

The John Gosden-trained five-year-old gamely beat Dee Ex Bee (Mark Johnston) to capture a second G1 Gold Cup over half a mile further at Royal Ascot on June 20. 

Cross Counter
© Racehorse Photos
Cross Counter
 
Godolphin's Cross Counter, 4/1 second-favourite with Unibet, finished a close fourth in the Gold Cup, his first attempt at two and a half miles. The four-year-old is unbeaten in two appearances over two miles, headed by a running-on victory in the G1 Melbourne Cup at Flemington, Australia, in November. 
 
His trainer Charlie Appleby commented: "Cross Counter has definitely come forward since his run in the Gold Cup and dropping back to two miles at Goodwood will suit him well. 
 
"It was a very pleasing run at Royal Ascot. He travelled into the race well from a position that may have been slightly further back than ideal, but we wanted to ride him that way on his first try over two and a half miles. 
 
"I don't think we would have beaten the winner if we had ridden him closer to the pace, but we may well have been bang there for second. 
 
"We can ride him more aggressively back over two miles, while he broke the course record for a mile and a half at Goodwood in the Gordon Stakes last year, so we know he acts on the course."
 
Three-year-olds receive 15lb from older horses in the Qatar Goodwood Cup and six of the 21 acceptors could take advantage of this significant weight allowance, just as Stradivarius did in 2017.
 
They are headed by Royal Ascot G2 Queen's Vase winner Dashing Willoughby (Andrew Balding), plus the first and second from the King George V Handicap, South Pacific and Constantinople, who are both trained by Aidan O'Brien for Coolmore partnerships.
 
Recent Newmarket Listed winner Wells Farhh Go (Tim Easterby) and the last two winners of the Northumberland PlateWithhold (Roger Charlton) and Who Dares Wins (Alan King) - also remain engaged.

Qatar Goodwood Cup
(British Champions Series) (Group 1)
£500,000 added, 3yo plus, 2m, Class 1
21 remaining entries
Six-day confirmations and £25,000 supplementary entry stage July 24. Final declarations 10am Sunday, July 28.

Horse
Age
Trainer
AMADE (IRE)
5
Alessandro & Giuseppe Botti FR
BARBADOS (IRE)
3
Aidan O'Brien IRE
BEN VRACKIE
4
John Gosden 
CLEONTE (IRE)
6
Andrew Balding 
CONSTANTINOPLE (IRE)
3
Aidan O'Brien IRE
CROSS COUNTER
4
Charlie Appleby 
CYPRESS CREEK (IRE)
4
Aidan O'Brien IRE
DASHING WILLOUGHBY
3
Andrew Balding 
DEE EX BEE
4
Mark Johnston 
HARPO MARX (IRE)
3
Aidan O'Brien IRE
NORWAY (IRE)
3
Aidan O'Brien IRE
PILASTER
4
Roger Varian 
RAA ATOLL
4
Luke Comer IRE
RED GALILEO
8
Saeed bin Suroor 
SALOUEN (IRE)
5
Sylvester Kirk 
SOUTH PACIFIC
3
Aidan O'Brien IRE
SOUTHERN FRANCE (IRE)
4
Aidan O'Brien IRE
STRADIVARIUS (IRE)
5
John Gosden 
WELLS FARHH GO (IRE)
4
Tim Easterby 
WHO DARES WINS (IRE)
7
Alan King 
WITHHOLD
6
Roger Charlton