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Goodwood Cup Upgraded To Gr1 Level
The European Pattern Committee has upgraded the Goodwood Cup to Group One status and the Queen's Vase at Royal Ascot to Group Two level as part of the British Horseracing Authority's plans to protect and promote the staying breed, reports Racing Post. The changes will be supported by increases in prize money levels. The Goodwood Cup (3200m), won last year by Big Orange, will be run on the opening day of the track's signature summer meeting on Tuesday, 1 August, while the previously Listed Queen's Vase has been reduced by two furlongs in distance to 2800 metres. “It has been the view of the BHA for some time that we need to find ways to grow the strength in depth of the stayers being bred, trained and raced in Britain," said Ruth Quinn, director of international racing and racing development for the BHA. "It is a subject about which many people feel passionately and we have been exploring the best way to tackle the issues involved. It is extremely promising that we are now in a position to press on and start putting in place steps to safeguard the future of these popular horses here in Britain and Europe."