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Intrinsic proves the real deal at Glorious Goodwood

Updated: Saturday, 02 Aug 2014 18:17 | Comments

Intrinsic triumphs in one of the most competitive sprint handicaps of the season by a long-looking length
Intrinsic triumphs in one of the most competitive sprint handicaps of the season by a long-looking length

Intrinsic outclassed his rivals to sprint to victory in the 32Red Cup, better known as the Stewards' Cup, at Glorious Goodwood.

The four-year-old, who missed the cut for the Wokingham at Royal Ascot, veered towards the stands' rail in the closing stages but had plenty in hand to prevail by one length and strike for sprint king Robert Cowell.

It was a typically ultra-competitive renewal of this prestigious six-furlong handicap, with several horses holding chances a furlong out, including the gambled-on favourite Muthmir.

Sent off a short 5-2 shot, he had to settle for fifth, just on the heels of the placed horses.

Ninjago (10-1), the horse Intrinsic's rider Richard Hughes rejected, was second, with Alben Star (8-1) a neck away third and Ruwaiyan (25-1) fourth.

Hughes said: "He was a Group horse in a handicap.

"He idled a bit in front but he's a very good horse.

"The bigger the field, the bigger the certainty. He's so much class, this horse."

Cowell said: "We knew he was good. I was very hopeful he'd run a huge race.

"It's come together, but it's always very difficult to win a huge handicap like this.

"We're thrilled. I think he's pretty good and he showed it today.

"He's got all the attributes. He's got an amazing pedigree and that will stand him in good stead.

"I think he could go all the way."

Cowell is now poised to step Intrinsic up in class.

He said: "It will be stakes races from now on and we'll explore Listed and Group Threes now.

"I did give him an entry later on in the Spring Cup at Haydock.

"There are plenty of options and it's a nice problem to have."

Jockey Dane O'Neill said of vanquished favourite Muthmir: "He ran OK. He was drawn on the outside and they didn't go a very good pace.

"They're deciding whether five or six furlongs is his best trip."

Dandy Nicholls used to regularly make off with this week's sprint handicaps but after a fairly quiet spell he was back for the consolation 32RedSport.com Handicap with the Cam Hardie-ridden Barnet Fair (7-1).

Nicholls said: "Everyone knows I love having winners here but there's no point coming if you haven't got the right horses.

"I'm a bit sick he didn't get in the Stewards' Cup but hopefully there's next year. There are a couple of races in Ireland for him now."

Memories of triple Goodwood Cup hero Double Trigger flooded back when Double Bluff (7-1) represented the same combination of owner Ron Huggins and trainer Mark Johnston in taking the Jaguar Handicap.

Charlie Hills likes Dutch Connection (9-2), a clear-cut winner of the NatWest Ahead For Business EBF Stallions Maiden Stakes.

"He's a nice horse for the future," said the trainer. "We might look at the Solario at Sandown."

Another productive Glorious week for Johnston and Joe Fanning continued with Grigolo (6-1) in the Telegraph Nursery, while Online Alexander (8-1) tidily pocketed the concluding Seamus Buckley's 20th Glorious Stakes for trainer Kevin Ryan and his jockey-daughter, Amy.

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