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  • 15:15 Artemis Goodwood Cup 2m

  • (British Champions Series) (Group 2) £100,000 added 3yo+ 10 ran
  • Winner £56,710 2nd £21,500 3rd £10,760 4th £5,360
  • Going: Good
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 3m 30.84s
  • Off time: 15:16:57

Saddler's Rock lifts the Cup

Never a moment's doubt for favourite backers

Last Updated: 02/08/12 4:06pm

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Saddler's Rock: Always well placed in the Goodwood Cup

Saddler's Rock: Always well placed in the Goodwood Cup

Saddler's Rock delighted favourite backers at Glorious Goodwood when claiming the Artemis Goodwood Cup on Thursday.

John Oxx's four year old had looked a slightly unlucky loser at Ascot when beaten just three quarters of a length behind Colour Vision on ground that was slower than ideal and was well supported to gain revenge with a 4lb swing in the weights in his favour.

Johnny Murtagh always had the son of Sadler's Wells well-placed as he led the pack chasing pacemakers Electrolyser and Chiberta King who set a searching gallop.

Murtagh closed right up on that pair at the top of the straight but it wasn't until the leaders were passing the two furlong pole that his mount managed to nose in front.

Electrolyser and Chiberta King both tried to rally while Colour Vision (who had been under pressure a long way from home), Simenon and the strong-travelling Times Up all began to make ground.

Late In The Day

Askar Tau was another to get involved late in the day but, try as they might, none of the pursuers ever quite looked like mustering the necessary pace to get to the 2-1 market leader who had a length in hand at the line.

Murtagh said: "We thought it was going to be a big year for this horse and it didn't start great in Ascot, but thankfully he redeemed himself today.

"He's a lovely little stayer and he's got that turn of foot, especially on this ground.

"He's not very big but he's all heart and very straightforward and he's improving all the time.

"When you're riding nice horses like this it makes it easy."

Oxx said: "It's a nice race to win. It's a great old race with a lot of tradition and history, so we're delighted to be here to win it with such a nice horse.

"Not just one thing went wrong at Ascot, three or four things went wrong. If only one thing had gone wrong he might still have won, so we thought he was a bit unlucky on the day. That is no disrespect to the winner, who ran very well again today.

The One That Got Away

"We feel that race was the one that got away, but today we rode him more prominently, there was a nice even pace and we took no chances.

"He ended up in front a little bit too soon, he doesn't particularly like that, but we weren't going to make any mistakes today and that was the safe option.

"He's a quiet horse with a great temperament. He's lazy enough in his work and it's a little hard to get him going early in the season, which is why he probably came on a bit from his Ascot run.

"It was out of character for him to pull so hard in the Gold Cup as he's generally got a relaxed style of racing and he's an ideal Cup horse.

"He waits for the crack of the whip and then when he gets the crack, off he goes and he can use that turn of foot.

"We'll keep him at these sorts of races. He'll probably go for the Lonsdale Cup at York next and then we'll see about the Doncaster Cup again. The Prix du Cadran will be ideal for him.

Cup Of Tea

"He doesn't like soft ground very much, although he can cope with it better now than he could last year. That's the only worry, as heavy ground wouldn't be his cup of tea."

Sky Bet cut Saddler's Rock to 3-1 from 4s for the 2013 Ascot Gold Cup.

Marcus Tregoning was delighted with the effort of the runner-up Askar Tau.

He said: "He could have done with an extra half a furlong, but it was still a good run and he'll go for the Lonsdale Cup next (at York)."

Godolphin racing manager Simon Crisford said of Colour Vision: "Frankie (Dettori) said he didn't handle the track quite as well as he would have liked, but he didn't stop trying and it was a good effort.

"If he doesn't go to York, he'll go to Doncaster (Doncaster Cup)."

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