Trainer James Ferguson plotting Stewards’ Cup bid at Glorious Goodwood with good York winner First Folio


James Ferguson’s York winner First Folio will likely be saved for a crack at Goodwood’s Unibet Stewards’ Cup.

The three-year-old received what’s historically a sizzling handicap on the Knavesmire final month, and already the shape is stacking up – with the seventh dwelling Bickerstaffe successful at Ascot and runner-up Blackrod scoring at Newmarket final week.

Ferguson has studied the previous few renewals of the Stewards’ Cup and estimates First Folio’s mark of 98 needs to be adequate sufficient to get him within the race. Consequently, he’s fairly completely satisfied to remain affected person till the tip of this month.

“I believe he is extra of a horse for subsequent 12 months, so I did not assume there was a have to run him that a lot as a three-year-old,” mentioned the Newmarket coach.

“He got here out of York effectively – and to be sincere, I used to be simply very completely satisfied to attend for the Stewards’ Cup. That is the plan.

“Taking a look at the previous few years, he ought to get in off his present ranking, so I simply did not really feel the necessity to run once more.

“He is a horse who likes a little bit of firmness within the floor, so the latest rain would have put me off anyway.

“With each Blackrod and Bickerstaffe successful respectable races since, his type has been franked, however that York race is mostly robust yearly.

“His occasions have been excellent. Fingers crossed we will get him there in a single piece, and fingers crossed he will get in.”


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