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Future Orange after Big win at Qatar Goodwood Cup

By Graham Clark

Published 29/07/2016

Tom Queally rides Big Orange to victory in the Londonmetric Noel Murless Stakes at Ascot in 2014
Tom Queally rides Big Orange to victory in the Londonmetric Noel Murless Stakes at Ascot in 2014

The passport of Big Orange looks set to be given another outing after he demonstrated the best of his battling qualities to record back-to-back victories in the Qatar Goodwood Cup.

Big Orange, trained by Michael Bell and ridden by Jamie Spencer, was cut to 16-1 for the Melbourne Cup, in which he was fifth last year.

Bell said: "Bill is not so keen, Tim (Gredley, owners) is very keen, I'd be quite keen but I think we will have to see what weight he's got before we commit.

"There's other possible targets for him like the Canadian International and the Hong Kong race, but there's a lot to be chewed over and we will enjoy doing it."

Cotai Glory can bounce back to form in today's feature, the Qatar King George Stakes.

Cotai Glory finished a fine fifth in this event last year but has produced a mixed bag of results since.

However, his King's Stand effort at Ascot means he must be taken seriously in this Group Two event as a neck beating at the hands of Profitable is not to be sneezed at.

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