Intrinsic: missed out on Royal Ascot but looking good for GoodwoodPICTURE: Getty Images
Intrinsic coming to the boil nicely for Goodwood
INTRINSIC, one-time favourite for the Wokingham before agonisingly missing the cut for the Royal Ascot sprint, looks likely to get his chance to bid for big-handicap glory in Saturday's 32Red Stewards' Cup.
With a maximum field size of 28, Intrinsic currently sits 31st on the list of 109 entries for the £100,000 6f contest and looks likely to squeeze into the race for which the sponsors make him a co-second favourite of three at 10-1, with only Saturday's York winner Muthmir shorter at 6-1.
"Intrinsic has been ticking along nicely and the plan is to run," said trainer Robert Cowell. "He has been on the backburner a little bit because we had wanted to run in the Wokingham at Ascot but he didn't get in.
"He is a nice horse. He has a good cruising speed and looks like a horse who could make up into something quite nice."
With just six runs to his name, three of which have ended in victory, Intrinsic is one of the least exposed in the field, although Cowell fears his lack of experience could be negative in such a big field.
He added: "Maybe one thing against him is that he might not be streetwise enough for a race like this but, if he's got an engine, he will get himself out of trouble."
The going at Goodwood on the eve of the opening day of Glorious Goodwood on Tuesday was good, good to firm in places on the round course, with selective watering set to take place to maintain that description for day one.
Clerk of the course Seamus Buckley said: "The forecast up to and including Friday is for predominantly dry weather and there will be selective watering this evening to maintain the current going.
"I am very pleased with the condition of the course and looking forward to tremendous racing during the five days of Glorious Goodwood, especially the latest Duel on the Downs between Kingman and Toronado."