Eclipse Looks Golden
This weekend the Derby winner Golden Horn will tackle a small but select field in a bid to follow up Epsom Classic glory by lining up against new foes in this years Coral Eclipse at Sandown.
Having beaten stable mate Jack Hobbs twice in succession with Dante and Derby victories the form of Golden Horn was given a timely boost when Jack Hobbs subsequently ran away with the Irish Derby last weekend at The Curragh.
Trainer John Gosden has been speaking to the press today and feels it may not prove a one horse race as the bookmakers would make you believe as Golden Horn is currently 4/11f in the ante post books.
Gosden himself could decide to run Western Hymn who has done well for him this year but if not then there will be three rivals including the dual Group 1 winner, importantly at the 10f trip which the Eclipse is staged over, Kevin Ryan’s The Grey Gatsby.
Tullius, a Group 2 winner and with two successes at Sandown on the CV will line up for Andrew Balding and bids for a first win at further than a mile whilst Cougar Mountain will step up in trip for Aidan O’Brien following a staying on run behind Solow at Royal Ascot and will run in Group 1 for the 7th time in 8 career outings.
There is no doubt that Kevin Ryan’s galloping grey will present the biggest challenge according to Gosden.
“I have a great deal of respect for The Grey Gatsby, a multiple Group 1 winner and was a little unfortunate not to win at Royal Ascot. He’s arguably the best mile-and-a-quarter horse around and sets a very high standard.”
“I would expect Golden Horn to handle Sandown and it’s a track where we’ve had a lot of luck in the past. We’ll make a decision whether our other entry Western Hymn runs in the week.”
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