John & Thady Gosden will be hoping that STRADIVARIUS (2/1) will land a fifth consecutive Goodwood Cup on Tuesday afternoon, as the staying superstar aims to make history in Chichester.
The much-loved stayer was the victim of a thrashing from rising star Subjectivist in the Ascot Gold Cup last month and he will need to bounce back from that disappointing performance here.
The seven-year-old has never tasted defeat at the West Sussex course however and he has only failed to claim success over two miles on two occasions.
He will need to rediscover his previous form, but he is a serious tough competitor to beat when at his best.
The heavy ground has brought TRUESHAN (9/4) into calculations, with the mud lover aiming to bring Stradivarius’ domination in the contest to an end here for Alan King.
The five-year-old claimed success on Champions Day on soft ground, thundering clear of some top-class rivals in the Long Distance Cup at Ascot back in October.
The gelding ran well with a 5lb penalty in the Ormonde Stakes at Chester, finishing second before taking sixth in the Northumberland Plate at a difficult mark.
He is partnered back up with Hollie Doyle here and looks a real threat in the current conditions.
SPANISH MISSION (17/2) returns to action following his third in the Ascot Gold Cup and he could show further improvement here for Andrew Balding.
The son of Noble Mission defied a 3lb penalty to claim success in the Yorkshire Cup back in May and has shown progress since finishing sixth of seven runners in last season’s renewal of this contest.
The heavy ground could be a problem here however and he will need to prove himself in the tougher conditions.
SIR RON PRIESTLEY (11/1) is tried at a new trip following his Princess Of Wales’s Stakes success at Newmarket for Mark Johnston, while SANTIAGO (14/1) spearheads a quarter of runners from Aidan O’Brien’s yard.
EMPEROR OF THE SUN (20/1) needs to find more after finishing a distant fifth in the Ascot Gold Cup and last season’s Derby winner SERPENTINE (20/1) is still relatively unexposed at the staying distances.
AMHRAN NA BHFIANN (22/1) won easily in the Curragh Cup for his Ballydoyle connections, while Mark Johnston’s NAYEF ROAD (40/1) produced a career-best performance in this contest last year when finishing a length behind Stradivarius.
Ismail Mohammed’s AWAY HE GOES (80/1) and Jamie Osborne’s MEKONG (125/1) complete the line-up.