Dee Ex Bee’s connections advised that there is a possibility for them to employ a myriad set of strategies and tactics as they come across with Stradivarius in the Qatar Goodwood Cup.
Spectators witnessed the four-year-old trying to make every yard over two and a half miles during the miles of the Ascot Gold Cup, fighting for a second but ending up no match with John Gosden’s defending victory.
Since the defeat of Ascot crash the chance of Dee Ex Bee to landing a £1 million stayers’ bonus care of the Mark Johnston-trained colt, Weatherbys Hamilton who might be rolling on to Goodwood next month albeit his team under no illusions to facing challenges which are laid out by the all-conquering and dominating Stradivarius.
Charlie Johnston, an assistant to his father commented in an interview that Dee Ex Bee has come out of the Gold Cup really well and although they are no longer in the running for the WH Stayers’ Million, it looks like that Qatar Goodwood Cup would be a fair target for the team.
“We were very pleased with the horse last week – I don’t think there was any reason not to be.”
He said it was a great run in defeat and still, the horse showed that it has a fantastic attitude after looking that he would finish third or fourth at the furlong market then striding back up to the second spot during the final part of the match.
The champion is a true winner who has demonstrated over the last 18 months that despite the conditions happening around, he still searches for a way to emerge victoriously. During that particular day, Frankie Dettori turned out to be an invincible bet.
As they go forward, they are thinking that it is not ideal for their horse to make its own run. Setting an aim helps them a lot and the colt enjoys the bottle.
“We came off second-best and are under no illusions that the winner starts favorite again, but we are looking forward to having another crack at him.”
Stradivarius has been the obvious headline act leading the 30 entries for the Goodwood Cup, and if it snatches the third place, there is a big chance to match the Double Trigger as it has the reputation to owning the record of holding a third win of the race.
The previous year, Cross Counter, a Melbourne hero, wrapped up fourth at Ascot and it would try its luck again care of Charlie Appleby, while Flag Of Honor, a fifth placer, became one of the entries of Aidan O’Brien.
South Pacific and Constantinople, both three-year-olds, landed up first and second in the 12-furlong King George V Handicap held at the Royal Ascot V, and both of them will be remarkable contenders for Ballydoyle’s master.
Dashing Willoughby, another St Leger contender, is also another opportunity for Andrew Balding together with Cleonte who have snatched gold in the Ascot, while the crowd is still waiting for Sylvester Kirk’s Salouen to take a huge step up for the very first time.
Amade, with Alessandro and Giuseppe Botti, and Funny Kid, Christophe Ferland, expressed their French interest.