Stewards’ Cup not definite for Palace Moon

Though sponsors Blue Square have Palace Moon as 8-1 favourite, Trainer William Knight has said that Palace Moon's participation in the Goodwood's Stewards' Cup on July 31, is far from definite.

Goodwood Racetrack

Goodwood Racetrack

Off top weight in Friday's 32Red Trophy at Newmarket, Palace Moon ran a heroic second to St Moritz and had run a courageous third in the Wokingham Stakes at Royal Ascot prior to that.

The Royal Ascot event was over the identical distance as the Stewards' Cup and Knight is worried that the stress placed on speed at Goodwood may be a negative factor for the horse.

On Sunday Knight said, "I don't know whether six furlongs at Goodwood will suit him, that is my worry, it is a sharp six. We have got options between six and seven, and we don't want to run him back too quick; he had a hard race at Newmarket."

He also said, "We are weighing up our options. There is the Hungerford and we might make an entry for the Prix Maurice de Gheest."

After failing to make the cut for the Wokingham when strongly fancied, Hawkeyethenoo's trainer Jim Goldie, hopes that the unfortunate sprinter can gain a spot in the field for the Stewards' Cup with a victory in the £33,000 John Smith's Scottish Stewards' Cup at Hamilton on Friday night.

"The plan is to run at Hamilton and I think if we get a penalty we'll get into the Stewards' Cup, but we have got to win first. I am not a believer in counting my chickens and it is a nice, valuable race to win anyway,"

"I thought he ran well in Ireland considering his draw. He did as well as he could and Hotham, who was behind him, came out and won on Saturday."

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