French raid planned on Goodwood Cup

Saddler's Rock leading the field in the 2012 Artemis Goodwood Cup Picture by Kate Shemilt C121006-10
Saddler's Rock leading the field in the 2012 Artemis Goodwood Cup Picture by Kate Shemilt C121006-10

French handler Christophe Ferland is hoping Gloomy Sunday can make another successful cross-Channel raid in the £100,000 Group Two Artemis Goodwood Cup, run over two miles as the feature race on the third day of Glorious Goodwood.

The four-year-old daughter of Singspiel is a new addition to the staying ranks and looked a potential star when winning a high-class renewal of the Group Three Henry II Stakes over two miles by four lengths at Sandown on May 30.

Ferland, who will be having his first runner at Glorious Goodwood in the August 1 contest, revealed: “Gloomy Sunday has been very, very well since Sandown. She looks fantastic and worked very well recently so she is on course for the Goodwood Cup.

“Hopefully, Olivier Peslier will ride her again but she is very easy to ride and everything suits her.

“We were not sure what to expect when we sent her to Sandown as she was my first runner in Britain, but she had run well at Saint-Cloud before that on her first try at two miles. She is a very nice filly and has a lot of quality.

“After the Goodwood Cup, her big target is the Prix du Cadran on Arc weekend.

“She will be my first runner at Glorious Goodwood and I am looking forward to coming over.”

It would be the second international raid on the Goodwood Cup in succession if Gloomy Sunday were to take the prize - last year Australian chance Saddler’s Rock won the prize for John Oxx.

Gloomy Sunday is likely to clash with the Michael Owen-owned Brown Panther, an easy winner of the Listed Pontefract Castle Stakes on his seasonal return in June, and the Saeed bin Suroor-trained pair of Colour Vision, who won last year’s Gold Cup at Royal Ascot and then finished third in the Artemis Goodwood Cup, and Group One scorer Cavalryman.

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