Goodwood Cup set for another glorious renewal

The Goodwood Cup in the second leg of the triple crown for long distance stayers run over 2m on day three of Glorious Goodwood.

Last year trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni won the race for the very first time with his five-year old Opinion Poll who was ridden to success by Frankie Dettori. Those looking at the online Goodwood betting will have been impressed.

Along with the Ascot Gold Cup and the Doncaster Cup, it is one of the key races on the flat calendar that trainers aim their stayers to peak for.

Opinion Poll is likely to return to Goodwood once again this year to try and win back-to-back races for the first time since 1998 when Double Trigger managed to record the feat, also winning the race for the third time, the only horse to do so in the modern era.

The list of winners include the Aidan O’Brien trained Yeats who is best known for winning the Ascot Gold Cup on four consecutive years between 2006 and 2009. In 2006 he won the Goodwood Cup in a record time of 3:21:55, although the trip was only reduced to two mile in 1991 from the distance of 2m5f.

Dettori has won the race on three different occasions, all for Godolphin. His first win was in 1999 when he rode Kayf Tara home in the 2m contest. He then had to wait ten more years for his next success when Schiaparelli gave him victory in the race, with Opinion Poll completing a hat-trick on wins in 2011.

Prize money is expected to go up again this year which should the top the £100,000 purse on offer last season.

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