Horn is Golden in Dante
Golden Horn, without an entry at Epsom for the Derby, stormed up the straight at York this afternoon to land the most recognised trial for the June classic in taking the Dante with some aplomb under William Buick for trainer John Gosden.
Jack Hobbs was sent off favourite for the race under Frankie Dettori and ran a little green in defeat but a one-two for the trainer will leave John Gosden plenty to muse over in the coming weeks. A supplement can be paid to line up at Epsom rather than head to France for which the colt is engaged has to be tempting now having beaten the ante post fancies of stable mate Jack Hobbs and Andrew Balding’s Racing Post Trophy winner Elm Park who ran well in third.
Winning jockey Buick was quick to praise his mount “It was a very good performance and he’s a very good horse. It was a very good race – a good, even pace and he is very exciting.”
“To ride a horse like this is what it’s all about, he’s got so many gears. It was just point and shoot.”
Aidan O’Brien was not happy with his two contenders Ol Man River and John F Kennedy now seemingly ruling themselves right out of the Derby picture with very poor efforts.
“It was disappointing really. Ryan said John F Kennedy traveled very strong and he just cut out, he did the same at Leopardstown. There is something that we haven’t found.”
“Every year, when you have a big bunch of horses they won’t all move on. Some of our horses obviously are out and obviously the two of them are.”
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