Spanish Mission tackles Goodwood Group 1

27 July 2020

SPANISH Mission will take on the mighty Stradivarius in tomorrow’s Goodwood Cup.
The four-year-old son of Noble Mission proved his staying credentials when second in the Henry II Stakes at Sandown at the start of this month.

But for his next assignment he must face the best stayer of recent times – Stradivarius – and also an emerging contender for the crown in Santiago.

Spanish Mission is part of a seven-runner field for the two-mile Group 1 and will be ridden by jockey James Doyle.

Trainer David Simcock said: “The race revolves around Stradivarius – who is going to be very hard to beat – and a potential future champion stayer in Santiago. There’s four or five us trying to pick up third place. That’s the way I look at it.

“Staying is the route for Spanish Mission. He can be very competitive on the top stage for the stayers.”

The opening day could is also set to see Bless Him line up in the Group 2 Lennox Stakes – but that assignment is weather dependent.

David added: “He’ll run if they don’t get too much rain. If they did I might switch him to Friday and run in the Mile (Handicap).

“We don’t do masses of work with him, so he needs to race to keep his fitness levels up. And then one race leads into another.”