VIDEO: How Big Orange went so close to Goodwood Cup history

So near - yet so far. Big Orange's number of Goodwood Cup victories remains at two. But how it looked like he might make it three on the trot for such a long time in Goodwood's opening-day feature race.

Wednesday, 2nd August 2017, 12:34 am
Updated Thursday, 7th June 2018, 6:22 pm
Big Orange's connections pre-race / Picture by Malcolm Wells
Big Orange's connections pre-race / Picture by Malcolm Wells

Everyone wanted the six-year-old, owned by Bill and Tim Gredley and trained by Michael Bell, to become the first horse in the 205-year history of the Goodwood Cup to claim a three-year hat-trick.

Only Double Trigger had come close, winning it three years in four in the 1990s.

But racing rivals have no time for fairytales and the John Gosden-trained Stradivarius, overtook the long-time leader in the dying atages of the two-mile race to take the crown.

Big Orange's connections pre-race / Picture by Malcolm Wells

We followed Big Orange from the pre-parade ring to the winner’s enclosure, even if it was the No2 post rather than No1, where he took the post-race applause.

See his Goodwood Cup treble bid in our video, above