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Get your Tactics right for the Cup; RACING PREVIEW.

Byline: NAOMI MATTHEW

STAMINA is the main attraction on the Sussex Downs tomorrow as the top two-milers battle it out for the prestigious Artemis Goodwood Cup (3.25), with the improving Tactic looking the most likely winner.

A facile victory at York was followed by a comprehensive display at the Curragh last time which has seen the John Dunlop-trained four-year-old rise to a mark of 118, the highest in this race.

Staying on strongly for both those wins, the step up in trip appears logical, with the Sadler's Wells gelding showing marked progression this season and the smart mare Profound Beauty already having nicely boosted the form of his Curragh success Ascot Gold Cup second Age Of Aquarius provides the main competition, but Dunlop is confident his Melbourne Cup entrant can deny the Coolmore representative top honours.

Earlier on the card, a competitive field has been assembled for the Audi King George Stakes (2.45) and old-timer Borderlescott holds top claims.

Third in the King's Stand Stakes at Ascot behind top-class Equiano looks eyecatching and with Kieren Fallon booked for the ride, the Compton Palace gelding can benefit from the former champion's brilliance to deservedly get his head in front and record a 13th career victory.

Epsom provides punters with good twilight action and their feature race the Viking Direct Conditions Stakes (7.05) can go to Heliodor.

Richard Hannon looks to have found an opening for the four-year-old who was last seen in Listed company.

Taking a significant drop in grade, Richard Hughes should be able to pick off the Godolphin contingent with Epsom's hill aiding the cause.

The Weatherbys Bank Maiden Stakes (6.30) looks an interesting contest earlier on the card and Godolphin inmate Book Keeper can land the spoils.

Slightly disappointing on debut, the Mahmood Al Zarooni-trained colt is well bred and will improve for the run. Holding good entries later in the season points further towards a good display.

Musselburgh hold a six-race card where Ridley Didley can land the Blackrock Handicap (7.25).

Tomorrow's tips EPSOM: GAZETTE BET: 8.10 Lady Florence. NAOMI MATTHEW: 6.00 Maybe I Wont, 6.30 Book Keeper, 7.05 Heliodor, 7.35 Licence To Till, 8.10 Mausin, 8.40 Flouncing GOODWOOD: GAZETTE BET: 2.45 Starfish Bay. NAOMI MATTHEW: 2.10 Capponi, 2.45 Borderlescott, 3.25 TACTIC (NAP), 4.00 Polly's Mark, 4.35 Fenella Fudge, 5.10 Waveband, 5.45 Matsunosuke MUSSELBURGH: GAZETTE BET: 7.25 Silvanus. NAOMI MATTHEW: 6.20 Regent's Secret, 6.50 Ice Trooper, 7.25 Ridley Didley, 7.55 Red Skipper, 8.30 Honest Broker, 9.00 Angelofthenorth NOTTINGHAM: GAZETTE BET: 3.45 Scamperdale. NAOMI MATTHEW: 2.00 Warm Breeze, 2.35 Triple Dream, 3.10 Albacocca, 3.45 Spoken, 4.20 Give Your Verdict, 4.55 Flying Silks STRATFORD: GAZETTE BET: 3.30 Mad Jack Duncan. NAOMI MATTHEW: 2.20 Ladies Best, 2.55 Holoko Heights, 3.30 Behind The Scenes, 4.05 Ajman, 4.40 Inmate, 5.15 Nether Stream. DOUBLE: Tactic and Albacocca
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Aug 28, 2010
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