Colour Vision tops Goodwood Cup field
Tuesday 31 July 2012
Gold Cup hero Colour Vision faces nine rivals as he aims to secure his third win from as many starts for Godolphin in Thursday's Artemis Goodwood Cup.
The former Mark Johnston inmate made a winning debut for Saeed bin Suroor with an impressive effort in the rearranged Sagaro Stakes at Kempton.
Frankie Dettori sprung something of a surprise when choosing to ride the four-year-old over the more established Godolphin stayer Opinion Poll at Royal Ascot, but he was proved right as Colour Vision edged out Mahmood Al Zarooni's runner in a thrilling finish.
Colour Vision's trainer Saeed bin Suroor also runs Lost In The Moment.
While Opinion Poll does not renew rivalries over two miles this week, Colour Vision is reopposed by the John Oxx-trained Gold Cup third Saddler's Rock.
The fifth home Askar Tau and the sixth Nehaam also feature among the declarations.
Seemingly the biggest threat to those who ran in the Gold Cup is the fast-improving Simenon, handled by Ireland's champion National Hunt trainer, Willie Mullins.
The five-year-old won both the Ascot Stakes and the Queen Alexandra Stakes at the Royal meeting and now tests the water back in Group class for the first time since being trained by Andrew Balding a couple of years ago.
Other challengers include Aaim To Prosper, Chiberta King, Electrolyser and Times Up.