Timeform has seen fit to bestow on Golden Horn a rating of 130, becoming the first British trained 3YO since Frankel to reach the mark. Now don't get me wrong, I really like Golden Horn and I think he's a very talented horse, but Frankel was a freak of nature. In my humble opinion, if those 2 met over 2000/2100 meters Golden Horn would be nothing more than a good tow into the race for Frankel. I still remember watching Frankel completely annihilate Farhh & St Nicholas Abbey at York the first time he ever stepped up in trip beyond a mile to 2100 meters and those were both proven G1 winning horses with a pretty good turn of foot in their own right. Just sayin', Golden Horn's talented but not in Frankel's league, IMO.
Better than Dubai Millennium? That's a big statement.
For the record, I also prefer the Arc to the King George. The King George may be the most prestigious 2400 meter race in the UK, but to my mind the Arc is the most prestigious 2400 meter race on turf in the world. It doesn't get any bigger than the Arc for me, and the quality of field the race draws year after year confirms how tough the race is to win.
If he runs well in the King George I'd like to see them go for York and the Juddmonte International after that, but Oppenheimer claims he won't run Golden Horn in both races. The Juddmonte International is supposed to be a back-up option in the even they don't make it to Ascot for some reason for the King George. Beyond that, they could get lucky and catch good or good to firm ground at Leopardstown(I'd say even that's 50/50) for the Irish Champion Stakes in September, but if soft ground is really their biggest concern for not pointing at the Arc then theoretically they probably won't point at the Champion Stakes either? The ground at Ascot on British Champions Day in mid-October is almost always soft going without fail. That's why I say we may only see Golden Horn 1 or 2 more times at most on the racetrack. I'm thinking the King George and either the Juddmonte International or Irish Champion Stakes, and then they'll retire him, IMO.
Owner Anthony Oppenheimer told AtTheRaces.com yesterday after Golden Horn's won the Coral-Eclipse: "If everything's good with him we'll go to Ascot for the G1 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes next." "If he should miss the King George for any reason then he would go to York for the G1 Juddmonte International Stakes, but he won't do both races as that would be gilding the lily." Oppenheimer also said the chances of Golden Horn taking in one of the major international G1 races at the end of the year is unlikely. "He's not entered in the Arc, and if it looked like being soft or heavy ground at Longchamp we wouldn't supplement him either," A trip to the states for the Breeders Cup Turf looks even more unlikely with the owner adding, "John Gosden is not enthusiastic about the Breeders Cup and I agree with him. It's not on the menu at the moment." Oppenheimer ended the interview by suggesting it's very likely that Golden Horn will be retired at the end of this season, so if he holds true to all he was quoted as saying in this interview, it appears we're only gonna get to see this talented colt just 1 or 2 more times before he's whisked off to the breeding shed and a new career at stud.
It's been confirmed that last year's French 1000 Guineas & French Oaks winner, Avenir Certain, will ship over from France to the UK to run in the G1 Falmouth Stakes on July 10th, but this time jockey Gregory Benoist will be replaced by Christophe Soumillon in the Falmouth Stakes.
For the 3rd time this season, The Grey Gatsby has to settle for 2nd place at G1 level as Epsom Derby winner, Golden Horn, keeps his unbeaten record in tact winning the G1 Coral-Eclipse Stakes at Sandown Park.
Overdose, once dubbed the "Budapest Bullet", has died at the age 10 of colic. Article via RacingPost.com web-site.
Apparently the connections of Australian sprinter Brazen Beau weren't overjoyed with the ride he received at Royal-Ascot in the G1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes by jockey Craig Williams. Williams has been let go and replaced by Godolphin stable jockey James Doyle, who will ride Brazen Beau in the G1 Darley July Cup at Newmarket's July Course on July 11th.
Trainer Paul Nicholls with whom Kauto Star was with for much of his career did an interview this morning with AtTheRaces.com and said the accident to Kauto Star actually happened about a week ago and they had been fighting to save his life until complications set in to the point he had to be euthanized.
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