THE HIGHLIGHT of the first day of Glorious Goodwood, the Group 1 Goodwood Cup over two miles, in which 8yo Stradivarius was seeking to add to his record four victories in the race, developed into a tussle between the gallant veteran, favourite Kyprios and last year’s winner Trueshan. The 6yo 2021 hero was the first to give way leaving the other pair to fight out a memorable duel with the youngest runner in the field of nine, Kyprios, putting his head back in front, having seemingly been headed momentarily, in the dying strides.
Saddled by Aidan O’Brien and ridden by Ryan Moore, the 4yo Galileo colt runs in the colours of his breeder, Moyglare Stud who own him in partnership with a Coolmore syndicate. He has now won all four starts this season, including the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot and has been beaten just twice after eight racecourse appearances. Moore said: “He’s done nothing wrong this year and today is only his eighth race. It was steadily run and he was in front a long way out.
“He’s a pleasure to ride. He’s a proper horse. I think there’s more to come. We don’t know where he will end up yet.” In the juvenile feature, the 7f Group 2 Vintage Stakes, Jamie Spencer, sporting the predominantly yellow silks of Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum, produced Marbaan to snatch the spoils close home.
An Oasis Dream colt bred by Shadwell and saddled by Charlie Fellowes, he was registering a third consecutive victory on his fourth start and could progress into a 2000 Guineas prospect. Spencer said: “I knew down by the 3f pole that I was running away and Danny Tudhope on Holloway Boy was starting to squeeze so I just timed my run.
He is a gorgeous looking horse and I’m sure he’ll stay a mile.” Also over 7f, the Group 2 Lennox Stakes produced a thrilling finish with Sandrine narrowly landing the spoils under David Probert, narrowly denying both Kinross and Pogo. Homebred by Lanwades Stud’s Kirsten Rausing, the 3yo daughter of Bobby’s Kitten was posting her fourth career success but first of 2022 having been campaigned in Group One company in three outings this year.
She also won at Group Two level as a juvenile, a campaign that culminated with a third place finish in the Group 1 Cheveley Park Stakes. Winning trainer Andrew Balding said: “She is a class filly who has thrived in the last month, but was slow to come to hand in the spring; that’s why it’s nice to have patient owners. “I’m delighted and thrilled for Kirsten.
She is supportive and easy going, thankfully, because we had a few options and she was happy to go with what we thought was best.” Probert, the only to jockey to have ridden Sandrine, added: “She’s always been special, but has taken so long to come to herself. She went to Newmarket for the Guineas and still had her winter coat.
Maybe you start to doubt, but she soon blossomed.” Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum’s colours were carried to victory in the opening 1m2f handicap by Forest Falcon, scoring under Frankie Dettori for Charlie and Mark Johnston. “It’s good to get off the mark on the first runner, it’s very much Charlie’s doing,” said Mark Johnston.
“He earmarked this race for this horse at the beginning of the season and said all along that this would be his ‘D-Day’ and he was right. He couldn’t have won it more easily.” Dettori added: “I always knew I was going to get a good position, Charlie told me he was a good traveller. “He was a bit gassy at the beginning, but he had a good start and with a good lead I thought to just wait until the cutaway and get him going, and he just found another gear.
“In the space of half a furlong he had three lengths on the field and it was then never in doubt.” Godolphin were also on the scoresheet, Charlie Appleby saddling Mischief Magic to land a 6f maiden for 2yo colts and geldings under William Buick. The homebred Exceed And Excel colt was third on his only previous appearance, over the same course and distance, in May.