California Chrome, second in Saturday’s $10 million Dubai World Cup is due to arrive in Newmarket today to begin his bid for glory at Royal Ascot in June.
Dubbed ‘America’s Horse’ he will be based at Rae Guest’s Chestnut Tree Stables in Hamilton Road as his trainer Art Sherman already has connections with the yard and will travel over regularly to oversee the four year old’s preparations.
Co-owner Perry Martin said: “We are grateful for the opportunity to race at Royal Ascot and hopeful that California Chrome can put up a good show. We are looking forward to the experience.”
Nick Smith, head of Ascot’s communications and international racing, added: “We’re obviously thrilled that this is coming to fruition.
“I first met Art at the Breeders’ Cup last year and then again at Los Alamitos in February and it was a great pleasure to meet the owners Perry Martin and Steve Coburn in Dubai, to discuss details.
“Amongst those details are that he might have a prep in the Lockinge at Newbury.
“To have another Kentucky Derby winner at Royal Ascot is exciting and he could spearhead a strong international presence for the week.”
Also back at Headquarters will be Prince Bishop who sprang a shock for Godolphin in the Dubai World Cup, ridden by one of the racing organisation’s high profile jockey signings William Buick.
Carrying the new cornflower blue colours of Sheikh Mohammed’s son Sheikh Hamdan, who donated the £6 million winner’s purse to charity, Buick rousted the son of Darley stallion Dubawi from last to first to land the prize for Bury Road-based trainer Saeed bin Suroor. Returning to a rapturous welcome in the winners’ enclosure, Buick said: “This is surreal and I can’t explain what I feel at the moment.
MNJP-02-04-15 Buick. The morning after...William Buick pictured with Prince Bishop after their shock Dubai World Cup win.
California Chrome, second at Meydan and now heading to Newmarket. Picture: Racing Post.