Cavalryman shines in Goodwood Cup
Cavalryman produced a fine staying performance at the age of eight to win the Artemis Goodwood Cup at the Sussex track on Thursday.
Trained by Saeed bin Suroor, under Kieran Fallon Cavalryman was settled at the rear early on and although keen, always travelled well. The son of Halling was taken into the lead two furlongs out and despite his lead being reduced nearing the line, he was always holding stablemate Ahzeemah to win by a neck.
Cavalryman became the first horse at the age of eight to take the historic prize since Persian Punch.
Last year’s winner Brown Panther was third, but The Queen’s Estimate failed to sparkle following his heroic display at Ascot.
The winning jockey Fallon said: “He’s a tough horse. It’s a very difficult race to win but he’s gone from strength to strength.
“The pace wasn’t great, it was OK, but this horse has a fantastic turn of foot. I thought I was clear – I didn’t think there was another horse coming at me – but he had enough.”
Bin Suroor said: “He’s a good fighter, he goes on any ground and he has improved with age. He’s a stayer, and a mile and three-quarters and two miles are the best trip for him.
“He showed some turn of foot and now we take him to York for the two-mile race, the Lonsdale, and at the end of the season I will talk to Sheikh Mohammed, but it could be the Melbourne Cup. Ahzeemah, also, he could be a horse for the Melbourne Cup, too.”
By Joseph Smyth / Photo: Adam Davy/PA Wire
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