Five big questions on day three of Goodwood

Big Orange

Big Orange: can he clinch the Goodwood Cup?

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 By Tom Kerr 6:01PM 27 JUL 2016 

Can Big Orange win a second Goodwood Cup?

Not since that epic stayer Yeats has a horse done the double in the Goodwood Cup but Big Orange is favourite to repeat the feat in the two mile Group 2 (3.10pm).


Reunited with regular jockey Jamie Spencer after hotshot New Zealander James McDonald took over for a Group 2 win over one and a half miles at Newmarket, Big Orange is up against a number of old foes including Quest for More, Pallasator, Sheikhzayedroad and Oriental Fox, who were second, fourth, sixth and seventh in this race last year.

Michael Bell, Big Orange’s trainer, sounded confident speaking to the Racing Post on Wednesday: “We’re the highest-rated in the race and he deserves to be favourite provided the rain stays away. He’s very effective on fast ground.”

Is the ‘special’ Blue Point a banker?

Godolphin’s Blue Point is two-from-two and odds-on for victory in the Richmond Stakes (2.35pm), a race that has a pretty good record for favourites (five of the last seven obliged).

Last time out Blue Point won by an easy 11 lengths, earning a glowing report by our vastly experienced northern correspondent Colin Russell, who wrote he “looks something special” and could prove “an outstanding two-year-old”.

Can Ralph Beckett work his magic with another filly?

Classic-winning trainer Ralph Beckett has a reputation for getting results with fillies, winning the 2013 Oaks with Talent and the Fillies & Mares race at Champions Day with Simple Verse, who also landed last year’s St Leger.

Before that, Simple Verse also won the Lillie Langtry right here and in Pamona Beckett has a likely-looking lass to win the race again (3.45pm).

She won at long odds at York last time, her first start for the yard since leaving Luca Cumani, and on that evidence it looks as if Beckett might have worked his magic again.


The Magnolia Cup, featuring eyecatching silks created by top designers

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Will everyone survive the Magnolia Cup?

The Magnolia Cup is the charity race at 1.25pm and is almost certainly the first time the chief operating officer of the Bank of England has competed in a horse race. Charlotte Hogg, the aforementioned COO, is one of 11 amateurs taking on the unique challenge of riding Goodwood.

The race has raised huge sums for charity (over £1 million in five years) but is also a bit of a hazard, often ending with at least one of its courageous/foolhardy competitors on the deck.

Last year’s contest featured an inadvertent staggered start, a bit like the eliminator round of hit 90s TV show Gladiators, with four of the ten runners bolting early, five setting off shortly after, and the final runner following in their own time.

Will the weather hold?

Glorious Goodwood, being essentially a big garden party, is inevitably going to get rained on at some point and so it proved on Wednesday when grey clouds and scattered showers dampened the mood slightly. The forecast predicts more of the same for Thursday, but after a fortnight of high temperatures and sunshine it’s not going to affect the going much – although it might send racegoers scurrying for the bar.

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