Ground may divert Stewards’ Cup hopefuls

Medicean Man - likely to miss Blue Square Stewards' Cup

Mac's Fancy and Medicean Man may miss the Blue Square Stewards' Cup at Goodwood on Saturday following a drying day yesterday, and a weather forecast suggesting continued good weather throughout the week. Whilst this will certainly help to make Goodwood glorious for racegoers, it also brings with it the risk of the ground becoming too fast for Mac's Fancy and Medicean Man.

James Fanshawe, trainer of Mac's Power, yesterday entered the horse for a six furlong conditions race at Doncaster on Saturday, although Goodwood remains his preferred objective. "The Doncaster race is an option, but the plan is to go for Goodwood. He does like a bit of juice in the ground but has form on good to firm as well."

Connections of Medicean Man are more open to a change of target for their charge. For one thing, he would have to carry a double penalty for his two five furlong wins at Ascot this month. the second of these lifts his weight six pounds to 9-11.

There are ground worries, too, for trainer Jeremy Gask. "We are slightly undecided. We don't want people to automatically assume the Stewards' Cup is where he is going next. We would probably only go there if the other options weren't adequate. There is a Listed race in France he could tackle, but we will probably wait until the last minute to decide. I wouldn't want the ground at Goodwood to be anything other than good. There is a race at the Shergar Cup over a trip and track (Ascot) that he loves, but if he is raised more than 4lb next week he will be ineligible."

If either or both horses were to run elsewhere it could lead to quite a shakeup in the betting market for the Stewards' Cup, as Mac's Power is a clear second favourite with all firms and Medicean Man is also strongly supported, being in the top five with all firms.

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