Packed stands watch the runners fight it out at Glorious GoodwoodPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Muthmir has the profile to bag Stewards' Cup
MUTHMIR created a tremendous impression when barely coming off the bridle to slam a useful York field last Saturday and is an "improver with the right profile" as he bids to win the 32Red Stewards' Cup at Goodwood on Saturday.
Glorious Goodwood's biggest betting race is a typically competitive renewal with the usual blend of high-class handicappers and sprinkling of progressive, potential Group-race performers.
The two who most readily fit the latter category, Muthmir and Intrinsic, are drawn on opposite sides in stalls 2 and 22.
William Haggas, who trains SkyBet Dash winner Muthmir and also runs last year's winner Rex Imperator, will be bidding for a third success in this prestigious handicap in seven years, having also won it with Conquest in 2008.
"Muthmir is an improver and has the right profile for the race," said Haggas, whose handicap strike-rate this season is riding high at 29 per cent for a £1 level-stakes profit of £28.58.
Haggas added: "He likes a quick track - as he showed at York - and fast ground, so conditions will suit.
"Rex Imperator has put in two pretty ordinary performances in Group 1 races, but his previous run at Windsor was excellent. It is hard for him off a mark of 108 but he seems fine and has plenty of talent.
"We had no choice with the draw with him and I don't know whether it's good or bad, but our two previous winners both came down the stands' side [high numbers]."
Intrinsic, who just missed the cut for the Wokingham when heavily punted ante-post, is seeking a third successive victory this season after wins over the Goodwood course and distance and at Ascot.
Richard Hughes, writing in his exclusive column in Saturday's Racing Post, said: "Intrinsic has got into the Stewards' Cup off a mark of 95 and I've got to be more than hopeful."
Starting stall of winner
32Red: 6-4 ten to 18 inclusive, 13-8 19 or over, 9-4 nine or under
Age of winner
32Red: 8-11 four, 100-30 five, six, 25 seven or older, 33 three
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