Finjaan to defend Cup

MARCUS Tregoning is confident Finjaan can make a bold bid for back-to-back successes in the Betfair Cup at Glorious Goodwood on Tuesday.

The four-year-old ran out a half-length winner of the Group Two prize 12 months ago and while he has been off the track since March, Tregoning feels his charge is at the top of his game.

“He’s in very good form and we’ve been targeting this race,” he told At The Races.

“He’s got to get the run of the race and everything has got to go right for him, but he certainly won extremely well last year and a repeat performance will see him go very close.

“It’s quite a warm contest but it always is, but he’s going into the race in very good form.

“He’s really a seven-furlong-to-a-mile horse and seven furlongs is probably his best. He gets his perfect trip on Tuesday and Goodwood is the perfect racecourse for him.”

Twelve runners will go to post, with last year’s runner-up Balthazaar’s Gift back for more.

His trainer Clive Cox also saddles Dunelight, while Lord Shanakill is a leading candidate for Henry Cecil.

Air Chief Marshal has already won twice in July and he will bid to complete a quickfire hat-trick for Aidan O’Brien.

Queen Anne Stakes fifth Dalghar makes the journey from France, while Main Aim needs to bounce back to form after disappointing in the Golden Jubilee.


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