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2022 Goodwood Cup Tips - 50/1 outsider could spoil Stradivarius' retirement party

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Last updated: 25 Jul 2022
Jon Vine 25 Jul 2022
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  • Odds and betting predictions for the 2022 Goodwood Cup
  • This Group One headlines day one of Glorious Goodwood on Tuesday 26th July
  • Kyprios is the 5/2 favourite with Betfair
  • Stradivarius will try and win his fifth Goodwood Cup on the final start of his career
  • Enemy is our each-way selection at 50/1
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Andrea Atzeni riding Stradivarius (R, black/yellow cap) win The Qatar Goodwood Cup series from Big Orange (R, yellow) on day one of the Qatar Goodwood Festival in 2017. (Getty)

Another brilliant Glorious Goodwood meeting gets underway on Tuesday. The card on day one is headlined by the Group One Goodwood Cup, a race that has been won by all of flat racing's most famous stayers and Trueshan could return to Goodwood to defend his crown on Tuesday.

We've taken a look through the the latest Goodwood Cup odds and picked out our best betting tips.

2022 Goodwood Cup Odds


Name
Odds
Kyprios13/8
Stradivarius9/4
Trueshan10/3
Coltrane9/1
Princess Zoe18/1
Away He Goes50/1
Enemy50/1
Nate The Great66/1
Thunderous66/1

*Odds taken on 25/7/22*

2022 Goodwood Cup Entries



The red carpet will be rolled out for Stradivarius on Tuesday, as John Gosden's legendary stayer makes what's likely to be the final start of his career. Stradivarius is unbeaten in the Goodwood Cup, having won this famous race four times. Andrea Atzeni, who was aboard Gosden's eight-year-old when he won this race in 2017 and '18, takes over the ride from Frankie Dettori, who's been dropped by owner Bjorn Nielsen after a poor ride at Royal Ascot.

Kyprios claimed the first big prize of the season for the stayers, outlasting Mojo Star and Stradivarius to win the Ascot Gold Cup. Aidan O'Brien's star tops the Goodwood Cup betting on the back of that win, with QuinnBet offering a best price of 5/4.

Trueshan missed Ascot when the ground came up good, instead heading up to Newcastle to win the Northumberland Plate under top-weight. Alan King has said that the defending champion would run if the ground was genuinely good and Trueshan's price shortened into 10/3 when Hollie Doyle was confirmed in the saddle.

Coltrane could step up into Group One company, having won the Ascot Stakes and the Coral Marathon on his last two starts. Princess Zoe will be looking to bounce back from a poor effort in the Ascot Gold Cup.

Last year's runner-up, Away He Goes and Ian Williams' Enemy have been handed Glorious Goodwood entries. Nate The Great and Thunderous also remain in the field, and could be tasked with making the running in Tuesday's Group One feature.

2022 Goodwood Cup Tips



Kyprios took a long time to get rolling in the Gold Cup and needed every inch of the 20-furlong trip to grind out a narrow victory. The pace of that Group One was extremely slow, which didn't seem to suit Ryan Moore's mount. There are no genuine front-runners in Tuesday's field, so I think Kyprios could be vulnerable if the Goodwood Cup turns into a dash for home.

Fast ground and a sprint to the finishing line would suit Stradivarius. Throughout his glittering career, John Gosden's star stayer has displayed a fantastic turn-of-foot, often winning his races with a quick burst in the closing stages. 

That being said, Stradivarius' change of gear does seem to have stalled. Which, considering he's an eight-year-old with 34 races under his belt, is quite understandable. Gosden's charge failed to pull away from Spanish Mission and Thunderous on his last two visits to York and failed to make any inroads into Kyprios' lead in the Gold Cup, despite finding daylight with two furlongs to go.

A prime Stradivarius would take plenty of beating on Tuesday. Yet, he's clearly not the horse he was and I can't bring myself to back this aging rockstar at 6/4.

Of the top three, Trueshan would get my vote, if he does enter the starting blocks. Princess Zoe represents decent value at 18/1 too. Instead, I'll take a wild punt on another horse who's capable of quickening up off a slow pace, and that's Ian Williams' five-year-old, ENEMY.

Having run a couple of decent races out in Meydan, Enemy returned to Britain with a statement victory in the Queen's Cup at Musselburgh. Danny Tudhope's mount scythed through the field having been held up out the back and cantered to an effortless four-length triumph, clocking an RPR of 110 without breaking a sweat. That handicap was no penalty kick, either. The five horses who followed Enemy home have won six times between them since.

William Buick attempted a late charge down the rail in the Sagaro Stakes at Ascot, only to find the door slammed in his face by Princess Zoe and Enemy had to settle for a very close third. Williams' charge was then held up as Quickthorn set a fairly rapid pace in the Coral Marathon at Sandown - a track that often favours front-runners. Try as he might, Enemy couldn't work his way into contention and Tudhope allowed his mount to coast home in the closing stages.

Williams has given his five-year-old 61-days to recover after that flat performance at Sandown. Enemy's record when fresh is very good and this track, combined with the fast ground we're likely to get at Goodwood this week, should emphasise his undoubted turn-of-foot.

Verdict

I have my doubts about the top two in the market and, if we get a final field of eight or nine runners, 50/1 about Enemy seems like excellent value to me.
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