2017 Goodwood Cup Ante-Post Betting Update

The 2017 renewal of the G1 Goodwood Cup takes place on Tuesday, August 1st (Goodwood Racecourse). Our ante-post market is already live, so which horses are currently ruling the roost?

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Big Orange

Age: 6 (Foaled February 14th, 2011)

Sex: Bay Gelding

Breeding: Duke Of Marmalade (IRE) – Miss Brown To You (IRE) (Fasliyev (USA))

Trainer: M L W Bell

Owner: W J And T C O Gredley

Won this last year and he’s expected by many to follow-up. The 6-year-old was majestic when winning the Henry II Stakes by 5 lengths and then resisted a very strong challenge from Order Of St George in the Ascot Gold Cup. A rematch was expected, in this encounter, but Aidan O’Brien has other ideas and connections will expect Big Orange’s run to bear fruit here.

Dal Harraild

Age: 4 (Foaled March 24th, 2013)

Sex: Chestnut Gelding

Breeding: Champs Elysees – Dalvina (Grand Lodge (USA))

Trainer: W J Haggas

Owner: St Albans Bloodstock Limited

William Haggas’ charge has given us a mixed bag of performances, in 2017 so far. He initially looked good, in the Surprise Stakes, but weakened badly in the final furlong. Dal Harraild then easily won the Grand Cup Stakes (York), before weakening again in the Hardwicke Stakes when looking in contention. Will have to be at his very best.

Us Army Ranger (IRE)

Age: 4 (Foaled February 28th, 2013)

Sex: Bay Colt

Breeding: Galileo (IRE) – Moonstone (Dalakhani (IRE))

Trainer: A P O’Brien

Owner: Mrs John Magnier,Mr M Tabor & Mr D Smith

Few doubt that this Galileo-sired colt has genuine class, but he’s becoming very pricey to back having not won since May of last year (Chester Vase). Aidan O’Brien’s inmate finished last of 10, in the Coronation Cup, but gave his many fans some encouragement when finishing 3rd of 16 in the Queen Alexandra Stakes. The 4-year-old is running out of excuses though and needs to start winning races fast.

Other horses that are attracting bets include Simple Verse, Higher Power, Pallasator and Ralph Beckett’s She Is No Lady.

Racing At Goodwood

Goodwood race track is the most beautiful course in all of the UK and, arguably, the whole world. This quintessentially English home-counties venue is owned by the Duke of Richmond. It is most famous for the annual ‘Glorious Goodwood’ festival. RaceBets offer competitive betting on all Goodwood races, so click here to open your account and take advantage of our exclusive welcome bonus.

Unlike many more-modern courses, Goodwood is rather complicated, with various smaller tracks, within it.. This includes the Stewards Cup Course, a six furlong strip that undulates dramatically, the Craven Course (one mile and two furlongs), the Gatwicke Course (one mile and four furlongs) and the Bentincke Course (one mile and six furlongs). There are no jumps, at Goodwood.

Around The Course

The Richmond Enclosure is very exclusive and badge-holders have unlimited access to the Parade Ring. Views of the Winner’s Enclosure are superb and the view of the finishing line is excellent.

The Gordon Enclosure is the largest, at Goodwood.  Here, you will have access to the Sussex Lawns and the Gordon Pavillion. This is an excellent choice for young families, as there is a supervised baby and toddler centre/creche on Family Fun Days and the Festival Meeting.

The Lennox Enclosure is perfect for those on a tight budget. You will still get a good view of the home-straight, have access to the children’s play area and a bar. Refreshments are also available, at reasonable prices.

On thirsty English summer days, there are plenty of great places to cool down with a drink. Around the Parade Ring, you will find the Umbrella Bar, Gordon’s Pavillion and the Kinrara Pavillion. Around the main grandstand, you’ll find Harroways Bar, 1812 Bar and the Annual Members Bar, where access is, obviously, restricted to patrons. Other watering-holes include the Richmond Lawn Bar, Gordon’s Bar, The Sussex Bar and the Sussex Terrace Bar.

If you are feeling peckish, the Gordon Restaurant, the Double Trigger Restaurant, the Charlton Hunt Restaurant and the Horsewalk Restaurant, will have plenty to whet your appetite.

Big Spenders

For those of you who are looking to push the boat out, a bit, Goodwood offers a superb range of private boxes, which can be hired for the day.

March Box guests will be given a badge for the Richmond Enclosure, reserved car-parking, a champagne reception followed by a three-course lunch (afternoon tea to follow) and unlimited alcoholic and soft drinks. TOTE betting is available and a plasma tv enables everyone to keep track of the action for the full duration of each race. Suitable for 12-15 people.

Sussex Box guests can enjoy all of the same facilities, at a reduced price. The boxes are suitable for parties of 16-20 guests.

If you are organising a large gathering, then the Charlton Boxes should satisfy your needs. They comfortably cater for up to 40 guests. Once again, you will enjoy the same portfolio of facilities that March Box guests have access to.

Betting With RaceBets

RaceBets always have a fantastic range of promotions for Glorious Goodwood. You can already bet on the 2017 renewals of the Lennox Stakes, the Sussex Stakes, the Nassau Stakes, the Goodwood Mile, the King George Stakes and the Stewards Cup.

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