Henderson's Voice to find perfect pitch in Goodwood Cup
Published 31/07/2014 | 02:30
Forgotten Voice can thwart both Brown Panther, in his bid to join the esteemed list of dual winners of the Goodwood Cup, and Estimate, in her attempt to add it to her Ascot Gold Cup (and put her recent drugs-test failure behind her), today by winning one of the oldest events in the sporting calendar.
The Goodwood Cup has been in existence since 1812, five years after the first Ascot Gold Cup but 27 years before the first Grand National and 60 years before the first FA Cup final were thought of.
Brown Panther ran away with the race last year, beating Grandeur by four lengths and, such is the uniqueness of the two-mile track, form on the course must be considered an advantage.
Tom Dascombe's six-year-old, owned and bred by Michael Owen, went on to run a creditable eighth in the Melbourne Cup and has been in fine form, finishing a good fourth in the Ascot Gold Cup, behind Estimate, but not quite getting home. Two miles seems to be his optimum trip.
Through no fault of her own, the Queen's Estimate comes with a certain amount of baggage, having failed a post-race drugs test at Ascot for morphine, when the victim of contaminated horse feed. If anything, it is likely to have hindered rather than improved her effort in the Gold Cup in which she split Leading Light and Missunited. Her stamina is limitless and she may be best now at two miles.
Forgotten Voice, trained by Nicky Henderson, is an interesting contender, however, and was running on at the finish, albeit 10 lengths behind Telescope, in the Hardwicke Stakes at Ascot. Prior to that, he was second to Mount Athos at Newbury over a mile and five, again running on at the finish as if two miles might suit him well.
Like Brown Panther, he is a winner at the meeting, having triumphed in last year's Glorious Stakes, and he spent last autumn in Australia.
Paul Hanagan, who was supposed to take the ride on Angel Gabrial for his old boss Richard Fahey, will be out of action for a couple of weeks after suffering a hairline fracture of his lower left arm in a fall on Tuesday.
Richard Hannon is double-handed in the Qatar Bloodstock Richmond Stakes with Sixty and Ivawood. Ivawood has a 3lb penalty but the Zebedee colt, rated by the trainer as his best juvenile, will take all the beating.
Talent, last year's Oaks winner, lines up for the Lillie Langtry Stakes. She has not won since Epsom but, having finished second in last year's St Leger, she steps back up in trip again to a mile and three-quarters and is reunited with Richard Hughes.
Missunited, on the other hand, drops back in trip after her gallant attempt to make all in the Gold Cup and might be hard to pass if she is in the same form today. (© Daily Telegraph, London)