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Rupert Wyman 28th Jul 2009 - 11:20

Can Aim give Stoute more Group race glory?

William Hill Radio's Dave Driver has looked at the feature race on the first day of Glorious Goodwood, the Betfair Cup, or alternatively the Lennox Stakes. Read his exclusive thoughts below.

After a glittering 1-2-3 in Saturday's King George, Sir Michael Stoute turns his hand to the Group Two Betfair Cup where Main Aim will bid to give the Freemason Lodge handler another Pattern success.

The four-year-old started the season in handicap company but, as is so often with Stoute's older brigade, he has made giant strides and is deservedly at the head of the betting in this prestigious affair.

South African raider JJ The Jet Plane adds an international flavour to the contest but he has yet to hit the heights that he was expected to do before coming to these shores and once again may have to settle for playing the bridesmaid role again on this occasion.

Barry Hills has not been in great health of late and a victory for his Ouqba will surely provide a tonic for the prickly handler. His representative shocked in Royal Ascot Ascot's Jersey Stakes but the three-year-old should not be underestimated and will be a tough nut to crack.

Last year's Ayr Gold Cup winner Regal Parade takes a huge leap into the unknown to face the cream of the seven furlong brigade and his level of form suggest that he may be coming of this battle with a bloodied nose.

The seven furlongs of the Sussex Downs will hold no fear for Marcus Tregoning's Finjaan, and considering that he failed to see out the trip in the Guineas, it was probably a testament to his talent that he still managed to finish an honourable third at Newmarket.

The worry for his supporters though is that Marcus Tregoning has hardly been pulling up trees this summer and you'd have liked to have seen the trainer in better form.

In an intriguing affair all the evidence points to 5/4 favourite Main Aim, Stoute has once again proved that he's the man for the big occasion and it would come as no surprise to see him smoking the victory cigar once again this afternoon.

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