3 Star Attractions at Glorious Goodwood
Only second to Royal Ascot, Glorious Goodwood is one of the premier flat horse racing festivals in the world. The event starts tomorrow and throughout the week we will see some fantastic thoroughbreds take to the stage to show us what they are capable of. With many reputations on the line, after good or bad Royal Ascot performances, the stars will be out in force and we look set to have a great week of racing. Here are the three main attractions this week.
The Ascot Gold Cup winner heads to Goodwood looking to defend his Goodwood Cup title. He is aiming for a record equalling third Goodwood Cup, a fantastic feat and a remarkable horse. Big Orange is now a six year old, although compared to other six year olds, he is still low on miles, having just his 25th start in five seasons of racing this coming week.
In an attempt to keep him racing for longer, trainer Michael Bell has scrapped plans to send him for another tilt at the Melbourne Cup, a race in which his best performance was 5th in 2015. That means his main targets will all be on home soil, and no doubt should he win this week, his entire training career would be focused on coming back to Goodwood next season, to break the record he has equalled and take the Goodwood Cup home for a fourth time.
Ribchester put in a scintillating performance at Royal Ascot and will be a short priced favourite this week at Goodwood. However, he faces a smart juvenile in Churchill, who is a dual guineas winner, but a horse who disappointed at Royal Ascot. He looks to bounce back here and will face older horses for the first time in what is an exciting clash between two stars of the season. This clash adds even more spice to the great Godolphin v Coolmore battle we have been enjoying this season so far.
The power filly from Coolmore will be out on the track again this week, looking to make it four Group 1 victories in a row in the Nassau Stakes. Like her stablemate Churchill, she is stepping up to face older horses for the first time. After wowing us in both the English and Irish Guineas, she won the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot, and now we will see just how good she is when she takes on the older fillies this week.
We have a great week of racing in the UK to look forward to, and it all begins tomorrow. With many big names appearing, reputations on the line and some mouth-watering clashes ahead, it looks set to be a thrilling week for horse racing fans. The star of the show is set to be Big Orange, who looks to win an unbelievable third Goodwood Cup, and should he come back for a fourth next season, that will certainly be one of the highlights of the year.
Craig Jones covers Global Horse Racing for Knightsbridge Bloodstock