Monday 23 April 2018

Dunlop's Tactic can spoil cup party for O'Brien's age

JOHN DUNLOP can probably remember more Goodwood Cups than most, particularly those in 1987 and 1990 which he won with Sergeyevich and Lucky Moon, WRITES Marcus Armytage.

Although the veteran trainer will not be present -- he is laid up with a broken foot -- he should also have good cause to remember today's event by sending out Tactic to beat Age Of Aquarius.

Aidan O'Brien's runner, second to Rite Of Passage in the Ascot Gold Cup, has some good form and chasing home Harbinger in the Ormonde Stakes in May looks pretty good now, too. But he may just lack the turn of foot to put these races to bed and it is in that department that Tactic, which has improved no end since being gelded during the winter, may be better blessed.

There certainly looks to be little between them as their respective meetings with Profound Beauty in Ireland this season would suggest.

Earlier on the card, a competitive field has been assembled for the Audi King George Stakes, for which old-timer Borderlescott holds top claims. His third in the King's Stand Stakes at Ascot behind top-class Equiano looks eyecatching and with Kieren Fallon booked for the ride, the Compton Palace gelding can benefit from the former champion's brilliance to land a 13th career win.

Frankie Dettori has had a relatively quiet Goodwood thus far, his problems compounded by a fall on the opening day. However, the Italian has an excellent chance of visiting the winner's enclosure on Flying Cloud in the Group Three contest for fillies and mares.

While the Godolphin filly has never won over a mile and three quarters, the manner in which she stayed on behind Dermot Weld's classy mare Chinese White at The Curragh last time out would suggest she has sufficient stamina. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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