After his spectacular one-two at Epsom, Newmarket trainer John Gosden has mapped out plans for his Derby winner with next month’s Coral Eclipse high on the agenda
Speaking at his Clarehaven yard less that 24 hours after Golden Horn’s scintillating Epsom triumph and Jack Hobbs running second, Gosden confirmed the son of Cape Cross, who he also trained, will bid to become the first since Sea the Stars in 2009 to annexe the Sandown showpiece to his Derby win.
“Sandown is uppermost in our minds for Golden Horn and both he and Jack Hobbs are in good form and appear to have come out the race well,” he said. “After that we could look at the Juddmonte International and maybe then freshen him up. One place he won’t be going is the Breeders Cup as I don’t fancy Keeneland for him.”
Before Saturday’s Classic there had been concerns that Golden Horn might not see out the mile-and-a-half trip, but reflecting on the race, trainers’ table leader Gosden said: “We always felt in our hearts that he would stay. He was very relaxed, apart from the first furlong but Frankie (Dettori) got him settled. It was a very strongly run affair and Golden Horn answered the call.”
For runner-up Jack Hobbs, of whom Gosden’s wife, Rachel Hood, is a part owner with Sheikh Mohammed’s Godolphin operation, a tilt at the Irish Derby looks to be next on his agenda.
“He should be more suited by the track,” said Gosden. “He was a little unbalanced towards the end of the race on Saturday but he’s a big rangy horse who will make a nice four or five year-old.”
Dettori, who partnered Golden Horn to victory, said the win was the greatest moment of his 28-year-career as he savoured his triumph on Sunday with his 10-year-old son Rocco.
“The Derby is the best race in the world and I’ve enjoyed this win more than the first (Authorized in 2007) because as you get older you appreciate how hard it is to win.”
Golden Horn is looked after by 49-year-old Mick Curran, who also led up 2014 Horse of the Year, Kingman, for Gosden.
“It’s the best feeling to do a Derby winner and I ride him most of the time at home,” he said. “I’ve had a special couple of years.”
Jack Hobbs is looked after by David ‘Taffy’ Williams, who said he was delighted with the way his charge had run.
“He looks to have taken his race really well,” he said.
Meanwhile, Newmarket’s trainers will be looking to for more glory when Royal Ascot gets under way next week.
Hong Kong-based Australian superstar Able Friend trained in the town this week ahead of taking part in the Queen Anne Stakes, which kicks off the five-day festival on Tuesday.
n Journal tipster Tony Jakobson put readers on the Derby one-two-three in his column last week as well as tipping winners Arabian Queen 9-1, Power Up 5-1 and Arod 7-4. Follow him every week in the Journal.