John Gosden is hoping Golden Horn can help land his first success in the prestigious Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe on Sunday (2.55pm).
The Newmarket trainer’s three-year-old is set to be supplemented into the €5 million race today, after a dry week of weather in Paris has seen Golden Horn installed as the third favourite at 5/1 by the bookmakers.
And with this year’s Investec Derby and Coral-Eclipse winner likely to be retired at the end of the season, Gosden knows Golden Horn’s one shot at winning the Arc will be tough.
“It’s been a long year for Golden Horn,” he said. “Normally after a year like he’s had you’d normally be on the wane, but we’re happy with him.
“He’s done everything right and shown a great deal of enthusiasm. The owner is keen to run him as he plans to retire him at the end of the season.
“He would make a phenomenal four-year-old, but we’re going there with it being his only chance to run in the Arc.
“He’s taking on one of the greatest horses of all-time in Treve; she’s a bit of a freak.
“She can handle any ground and with her being in the field the logic says no (we won’t win).”
Treve is the 4/5 favourite to complete an unprecedented Arc hat-trick, having enjoyed victories on the Longchamp Racecourse in 2013 and 2014.
Gosden has enjoyed huge amounts of success during 2015, with wins for Shalaa and Foundation at the weekend taking the 64-year-old to within touching distance of breaking the British flat trainer’s prize money record.
The Arc is one of the few big races which has eluded Gosden so far in his career, but the Clarehaven Stables trainer admits it is not something which he has thought too much about ahead of Sunday.
“I haven’t put much thought into it,” he revealed. “It’s a wonderful spectacle but you’ve got to have the right horse. Nathaniel has probably been my most realistic chance but he unfortunately didn’t get to race.”
Gosden also has 33/1 outsider Eagle Top entered into the race, while his Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby winner Jack Hobbs is expected to be taken out and placed in Ascot’s Qipco Champion Stakes later this month.
n Newmarket-based jockey Adam Beschizza has said Third Time Lucky is a ‘seriously improving horse’ after the duo won Saturday’s Betfred Cambridgeshire in a thrilling finish at Newmarket. For a full round-up of the Cambridgeshire meeting turn to page 86