Goodwood fan Ruwaiyan can win the Stewards’ Cup

Mick Channon
Mick Channon
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Ruwaiyan has enough quality to cause a bit of a stir in the Qatar Stewards’ Cup at Goodwood tomorrow.

James Tate’s sprinter does not stand out in neon lettering as an obvious contender for one of the toughest handicaps of the season, but a little bit of digging paints a more encouraging picture.

Perhaps the best thing going for the gelded son of Cape Cross is his fondness for Goodwood.

A convincing success over this six-furlong trip in a strong 10-runner handicap in May is obviously a significant piece of form with the Stewards’ Cup in mind.

As, too, was his performance in this race 12 months ago when he flashed home for fourth place off a 2lb lower mark.

Legatissimo’s claims in the Qatar Nassau Stakes are far more apparent.

The 1000 Guineas winner could easily be heading to Goodwood in pursuit of a fourth consecutive Group One triumph, but, slightly painfully for connections, she succumbed by just a short head in both the Oaks and the Pretty Polly.

There were excuses at Epsom and the Curragh, though, as she did not quite convince over a mile and a half in the Oaks, while Diamondsandrubies got first run in Ireland.

Back over what looks an ideal trip, Legatissimo should take some stopping.

The Qatar Stewards’ Sprint Stakes, a consolation race for the Stewards’ Cup, looks virtually impossible, but there should be fun to be had by supporting Shore Step. Mick Channon’s 94-rated sprinter is experienced in rough-and-tough handicaps of this nature, having last year won nice prizes at Ascot and at Doncaster off an admittedly lower mark. The five-year-old is, however, still capable of snaring a big pot off his current perch judged by his excellent run at York.

Sandra’s Secret looks above average and should go well in the Yorkshire Outdoors Nursery Handicap at Thirsk,