07/31/2012 12:32PM

England: Colour Vision favored in Goodwood Cup


Perfect in two starts this year, Colour Vision, the winner of the Ascot Gold Cup in June, may go favored in Thursday’s Group 2 Goodwood Cup at Goodwood Racecourse in southern England.

Trained by Saeed bin Suroor for Godolpin Racing, Colour Vision ran primarily in minor stakes and handicaps last year, but has been much improved this season. He won the Sagaro Stakes at Kempton Park on May 2.

In the Ascot Gold Cup, over 2 1/2 miles, Colour Vision finished a half-length in front of Godolphin stablemate Opinion Poll. Saddler’s Rock, a key contender in the Goodwood Cup, was third in that race and returns in the Goodwood Cup.

Saddler’s Rock races for John Oxx and will be ridden by Johnny Murtagh.

The Goodwood Cup has drawn a field of 10 and is run over two miles.

Thursday’s seven-race program at Goodwood also includes the Group 2 Richmond Stakes for 2-year-old colts and geldings over six furlongs.

Master of War, the winner of the Rose Bowl Stakes at Newbury on July 13, is part of a field of eight.

◗ Tuesday, trainer Henry Cecil won two group races at Goodwood, with Noble Mission and Chachamaidee.

Noble Mission, a 3-year-old full brother to champion Frankel, won the Group 3 Gordon Stakes over 1 1/2 miles by a nose over Godolphin’s Encke. Noble Mission is a candidate for the Great Voltigeur Stakes at York on Aug. 22.

Chachamaidee, a 5-year-old mare, won the Group 2 Lennox Stakes over seven furlongs by 1 1/2 lengths over Libranno. Tom Queally rode both of Cecil’s winners.