Brown Panther – the horse who has been instrumental in establishing ex-England striker Michael Owen’s breeding and training operation, has a great chance of winning his first race at Group level by taking Thursday’s Group 2 Artemis Goodwood Cup for trainer Tom Dascombe and jockey Richard Kingscote.
The five-year-old has a number of creditable efforts to his name since making his way through the handicapping ranks during the summer of 2011, most notably when runner-up to Masked Marvel in that season’s Ladbrokes St Leger at Doncaster. The son of Shirocco was highly-tried in 2012 finishing a respectable seventh to Danedream in Ascot’s King George V1 And Queen Elizabeth Stakes, beaten less than four lengths in a field that included a number of top middle-distance performers such as Nathaniel and St Nicholas Abbey.
Brown Panther did however manage to get his head in front last season when easily winning the Listed Totepool Pontefract Castle Stakes, a race he again took on his most recent start when making short work of his rivals that included last year’s Derby runner-up Main Sequence. While he is unproven over tomorrow’s trip of two mile the extended 1m6f of the final Classic of the season held no fears and in what could turn out to be a steadily run affair stamina is unlikely to be an issue.
In what looks an open race there are several dangers, the best of which could be Melbourne Cup-bound Mount Athos, but at the 9-1 available with BetVictor Brown Panther could put the glorious into Goodwood for Michael Owen and company just after 3.15 tomorrow afternoon.