William Haggas-trained Intrinsic makes Goodwood line-up in 32Red Cup (Stewards' Cup)
Last Updated: 31/07/14 12:48pm
Leading fancy Intrinsic has made the cut for the 32Red Cup (Stewards' Cup) at Goodwood on Saturday.
His inclusion will be no doubt be a relief to connections after he got in as number 25 in a maximum 28-strong field and Robert Cowell's four-year-old is sure to attract support.
He has won both his starts this season, including over the course and distance last time out in May.
Intrinsic had topped the ante-post market with some bookmakers until last weekend when Muthmir staked his claim with an impressive victory in the Skybet Dash at York.
A 6lb penalty guaranteed the lightly-raced four-year-old a place in the field as trainer William Haggas goes for back-to-back victories.
His 2013 winner Rex Imperator will attempt to repeat last year's success off a 4lb higher mark and he has to carry top weight of 9st 10lb this time.
All the other horses near the head of the betting, including Discussiontofollow, Alben Star, Ninjago and Fairway To Heaven, have been declared.
Borderlescott, winner of this race back in 2006 as well as finishing second and third in the two subsequent years, tries to win this race again at the grand old age of 12.
Among other popular sprinters bidding for glory in the cavalry charge are York Glory, Shropshire, Ashpan Sam, Hallelujah, Seeking Magic and Blaine.
Muthmir appeared to be done few favours with the draw which was broadcast live by Racing UK from Goodwood at 12 noon on Thursday.
Haggas' youngster was the third-last horse to be pulled out of the hat by which time only stalls one, two and three were left.
Connections opted for stall two, with York Glory taking three and Ballesteros stall one the last two to be allotted gate numbers.
The stands side was the preferred option, especially after the speedy Ashpan Sam was placed in stall 21.
The well-fancied Intrinsic came out next and connections plumped for the next door in stall 22.
Clear Spring was first to be drawn, and will race from stall seven, while among others of interest were Ninjago (15), Alben Star (19), Discussiontofollow (23), Rex Imperator (26), Borderlescott (12) and Seeking Magic (28).