Prince Of Arran goes for Goodwood gold
Last Updated: 18/07/17 4:04pm
Charlie Fellowes feels Prince Of Arran should have everything in his favour in the Qatar Goodwood Cup.
Having finished down the field in the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot last month, the four-year-old will now drop back down to two miles for the newly-upgraded Group One on August 1.
Although expecting odds-on favourite Big Orange to be tough to beat as he bids for a third successive win in the race, Fellowes believes that the son of Shirocco is more than capable of putting up a bold show.
He said: "Prince Of Arran is going to go for the Goodwood Cup. I was not 100 per cent sure if he was going to go but with both Order Of St George and Vazirabad out of the race, that is huge.
"I did have him in a mile-and-three-quarter race at France last weekend, but I was petrified they would have gone at a crawl and he would have got outdone for speed.
"What he needs is a strongly-run two miles and with Big Orange going out to make sure it will be a stamina test in the Goodwood Cup, it will suit us.
"If you look back at the Gold Cup, nothing was going as well as us at the two pole and I think dropping back to two miles will suit him.
"I could have found an easier race over shorter, but this will suit him and you have to do what is right for the horse.
"Big Orange will be almost impossible to beat but if we can finish in a place behind him, that would be perfect."
Chiefofchiefs could join his stablemate at the Sussex track next month as he seeks a hat-trick of wins ahead of a potential outing in the Cambridgeshire later in the campaign.
Fellowes said: "Chiefofchiefs is a very good horse and is a nice progressive type. The Cambridgeshire is what we have on the back of our minds.
"The handicapper only put him up 2lb for Saturday's win (at York), which did surprise me a little bit.
"We could go to Goodwood with him next. He is in the Betfred Mile but sadly he won't get into that, so it is not an option.
"There is a #50,000 mile-and-a-quarter handicap and with the mile and a quarter being quite easy at Goodwood, that could suit him.
"He is a big, stuffy horse that takes his racing very well, but he is not short of speed either."