Goodwood: Intrinsic too good in 32Red Stewards’ Cup

Intrinsic wins the Stewards Cup

Intrinsic (25), who travelled well throughout, wins the 32Red Cup

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Report: Goodwood, Saturday

32Red Cup (Stewards’ Cup) 6f 3yo+

INTRINSIC finished fast to win a competitive 32Red Cup at Goodwood as heavily-backed favourite Muthmir could only manage fifth.

Intrinsic travelled well throughout but Richard Hughes had to correct his mount in the closing stages after the horse drifted badly left, but came through and won well by a length. 

For favourite backers it looked to be going well, as Muthmir was travelling nicely, but faded into fifth in the last furlong. Ninjago was second, Alben Star third and Ruwaiyan fourth.

Instrinsic’s jockey Richard Hughes said: “I’m riding a Group horse in a handicap. He idled in front but he is a very good horse. I always thought he was a certainty for the last couple of days.

“He has so much quality this horse. He shuffled down the hill a bit but he travelled so well. I hope he is a Group 1 horse for [owner] Malih Al Basti, it’s nice he’s got a good horse. I really thought he was my banker at the end of the week.”

This is a first win the race for trainer Robert Cowell, who said: “We knew he was good. It’s easy to say afterwards but we were never confident, just very hopeful.

“We think he’s stakes class and Hughesie said so in his [Racing Post] column today. It’s very tough to win a race like this but we think he is pretty useful and he has shown it today. He has all the right attributes to go far.”

Betfred were also impressed by the perfromance and Intrinsic is now in from 40-1 to 14-1 for the Sprint Cup at Haydock next month.

Richard Hannon was pleased with Ninjago, who finished second, but was no doubt unsurprised with the winner as stable jockey Richard Hughes chose to partner Intrinsic over Ninjago.

Hannon said: “Ours ran a cracker, he’s a lovely horse for these big handicaps and I’m sure there’ll be another for him at York.”

Equally pleased was Richard Fahey responisble for Alben Star who was just beaten a neck into third.

Fahey said: “He’s such a good, hardy horse, a proper tough handicapper. I’ve been wanting to give him a break for a while, he was on the go all through the winter, but he keeps coming out and doing lifetime bests.

“Fourth in the Wokingham, now third in this. I’m sure there’ll be one of these big handicaps in him one day.”

Dane O’Neill thought the draw played against favourite Muthmir and said: “We didn’t get a very good draw. We were out wide, and I would have liked a bit of a stronger pace. As for where next, we’re just deciding whether to go five or six furlongs with him.”


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