Goodwood Cup Betting Tip: Dal Harraild to run favourites closePublished July 31, 2017
Seventeen horses remain in contention for the Qatar Goodwood Cup on the opening day ( Tuesday ) of next week’s ‘ glorious ‘ festival. But the majority of racegoers are sure to be shouting home the Michael Bell-trained Big Orange, one of the most popular horses in training, who will attempt to become only the second to win the stamina test on three occasions since it’s inception back in 1812.
That feat was achieved by Double Trigger in 1995-1997-1998 and bookmakers make the Bill Gredley-owned six-year-old no bigger than evens ( Bet365, William Hill and Coral ) to emulate Mark Johnston’s stayer in the two mile Group 1 contest. The son of Duke Of Marmalade was partnered by Jamie Spencer when victorious in the 2015 and 2016 renewals but was replaced by Frankie Dettori at the start of this season although the popular jockey had to sit out the Ascot Gold Cup due to injury.
James Doyle took over when the combination outbattled hot favourite and reigning champion Order Of St George in what many regarded as the race of the week at the royal extravaganza, of which the popular Italian explained to Sportinglife.com: “ I took great lengths to speak to James and that way it kept me involved. It was a wonderful race to watch – nerve wracking because I wanted the horse to win.
“ I am good friends with the Gredleys and I have been Bill’s neighbour for 18 years. I was shouting for him. What a race. Let’s hope we get a repeat at Goodwood. He tries so hard and he is the people’s favourite. I think It’s the horse everybody wants to see win at Goodwood. He wears his heart on his sleeve and has got a will to win and everybody likes that.”
With a double-figure contest almost guaranteed Big Orange has failed to frightened off the opposition, possibly due to the prospect of soft ground on the first of the five day festival, conditions which are far from ideal for a horse whose best form is on top of the ground. The ante-post market suggests that the William Haggas-trained Dal Harraild ( best price 10-1 with Betfair Sportsbook ) could prove the biggest danger to the favourite, while last year’s length and a half third Sheikhzayedroad ( 14-1 generally ) is sure to prove popular with those looking for a value alternative.