Golden Horn Needs More?
Golden Horn defied a historic bid for a third straight Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe by the wonder Treve on ground that perhaps blunted the dual winner on Sunday and Frankie Dettori rode a master class on the John Gosden trained three year old to cement superb season into the record books.
A race that worked perfectly for Dettori was perhaps needed as he was able to get across from what was a poor draw and track a pace set for his rivals primarily and use his horse’s class to come through and repel challengers with a perfectly time burst to the front and stay in front at the line. Flintshire was beaten into second with New Bay and Treve in behind and whilst the winning margin was not comparable to Treve in 2014 it was an authoratative success.
Sam Walker in the RacingPost describes the rise to the top of Golden Horn and wonders why even with a season that included a Dante, a Derby, an Eclipse and an Irish Champion Stakes he was easy to overlook on Sunday with the hype around Treve and others casting doubt over Golden Horn’s achievements so far.
There was to be little doubt left after Sunday but the point made is a strong one and such a super colt hasn’t been taken to the hearts and minds like a Frankel, Sea The Stars or of course Treve. If he is to race again it may be that one more victory is needed to perch alongside those names but it does appear a little unfair?
There is enough time between now and the Breeders Cup Turf at the end of the month and maybe there Golden Horn will become merchandise fodder, much will depend on what this latest dip into the reserves has done but he owes nobody anything bar maybe an inspired Dettori who has certainly played his part during the season.
John Gosden on Sunday suggested we’d know soon but was full of praise for Dettori. “When you’re drawn wide like we were, we had to stay wide and run our own race before slotting into the field. The plan was to do that to get him in a prominent position and it worked perfectly in the end.
“Frankie has given him a great ride – he rides this track quite beautifully.”
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