Cavalryman edges out stablemate Ahzeemah to win the Goodwood CupPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Cavalryman clings on to win Goodwood Cup
Report: Goodwood, Thursday
Artemis Goodwood Cup (Group 2) 2m, 3yo+
CAVALRYMAN held off a late thrust from stablemate Ahzeemah to give Godolphin and trainer Saeed Bin Suroor a memorable 1-2 as Estimate finished last in her bid for a royal win.
Last year's winner Brown Panther held on for third but a distant one with Kieren Fallon, replacing the banned Silvestre de Sousa, driving Cavalryman right to the line as Harry Bentley found plenty of late staying power from Ahzeemah.
Both first and second have the Melbourne Cup in their sights, said Bin Suroor afterwards.
In an intriguingly run encounter Bin Suroor's third runner in the field of eight, Excellent Result, set a steady pace in front only to slow up appreciably with about a mile to run.
Brown Panther was seen to be pulling hard and the tactical ploy also seemed to inconvenience Forgotten Voice whose rider Richard Hughes took his mount from last to nearly first in a swift mid-race bid to quicken the pace.
As the field hit the home straight the leading contenders fanned out across the course and it was Estimate, 2-1 favourite but on edge beforehand, who was first to crack.
Fallon grabbed the initiative and his mount strode well clear to win at 5-1 with Ahzeemah, a 12-1 shot, cutting the gap to a neck by the line.
"He's a real tough horse," said Fallon of the winner. "He was campaigned successfully in Dubai all winter and the Goodwood Cup is really a difficult race to win. He has gone from strength to strength.
"The pace wasn't great but it was okay so I was happy to sit in as this horse has a great turn of foot."
Bin Suroor, winning his third Goodwood Cup, said of Cavalryman: "He is a very easy horse to train, I think a mile and six or two miles are the best trips for him.
"He can go for the Lonsdale Cup now and then we'll talk to Sheikh Mohammed about going to the Melbourne Cup. Ahzeemah could also go for the Melbourne Cup. I would like to take three."