Published on July 22nd, 2021
Like many major sporting events over the last 16 months or so, last year’s Goodwood Festival was a strange meeting.
Pencilled in as one of the government’s pilot schemes to allow a restricted number of spectators back to sporting events, a rise in coronavirus cases meant that just four of the five days went ahead as planned, with the final day being moved to a behind-closed-doors fixture.
Luckily there were 5,000 racegoers in attendance for most of the prestigious meeting, including Goodwood Cup Day (day one) — the meeting’s highlight. The good news is that, with the recent lifting of most of the pandemic’s restrictions in England, Goodwood will go ahead with no limitations this year!
So, with less than a week to go until a more ‘normal’ renewal of ‘Glorious Goodwood’ gets underway, let’s take a look back at last year’s Goodwood Cup Day. Read on to find out more!
2:15 Vintage Stakes (Group 2)
After Tomorrow’s Dream’s victory in the opening Fillies’ Handicap and Maydanny’s triumph in the You’re On Handicap, group racing got underway at 2:15, with the Group 2 Vintage Stakes setting the tone for a blockbuster afternoon. Battleground, the favourite in the Glorious Goodwood betting at 13/8, kicked on late to beat Devious Company by two lengths, gifting the renowned trainer-jockey duo of Aidan O’Brien and Ryan Moore their first victory of the meeting. Youth Spirit, ridden by Oisin Murphy, was back in third.
- 1st. Battleground (13/8F)
- 2nd. Devious Company (4/1)
- 3rd. Youth Spirit (13/2)
2:45 Lennox Stakes (Group 2)
Group 2 action continued in the next race of the day, the Lennox Stakes. With favourites Maydanny and Battleground already making it a good day for the punters, the bookmakers took another bashing in this seven-furlong race, as Space Blues, the 2/1 market leader, beat Duke Of Hazzard over the line by two lengths. The Charlie Appleby-trained horse edged into the lead at the one-furlong marker and was ridden out readily by William Buick to beat his Paul and Oliver Cole-trained counterpart. Escobar, a 40/1 outsider, came home in third.
- 1st. Space Blues (2/1F)
- 2nd. Duke Of Hazzard (5/1)
- 3rd. Escobar (40/1)
3:15 Goodwood Cup (Group 1) (British Champions Series)
The day went from bad to worse for the bookies, as Stradivarius, the heavily backed odds-on favourite, stormed to his fourth-successive victory in the meeting’s showpiece race — the Goodwood Cup. With Frankie Dettori in the saddle, the John Gosden-trained horse chased the leaders up the hill toward home. However, when switched left by the Italian jockey, Stradivarius had gained more room for an attack and it was only in the closing stages that he surpassed Nayef Road to win by a length.
- 1st. Stradivarius (4/7F)
- 2nd. Nayef Road (20/1)
- 3rd. Santiago (15/8)
With outsiders Only Spoofing (14/1) and Believe In Love (11/1) winning the five-furlong 3:45 Qatar Hurdle and the 4:55 EBF Fillies’ Handicap respectively, the bookmakers were allowed some breathing room. But, Alkumait’s (5/4F) victory in the 4:20 EBF Maiden Stakes (Plus 10 Race) (Colts & Geldings) meant it was mostly a day to remember for the favourites