GOLDEN HORN can continue to fill John Gosden’s 2015 cornucopia by following up his Derby triumph on his drop down back to 10 furlongs in the Grade 1 Coral-Eclipse Stakes, at Sandown on Saturday.
Bred by his owner Anthony Oppenheimer’s Hascombe and Valiant Studs, he used wins in the Feilden Stakes and Dante Stakes as his build up to the Epsom classic.
In the Dante Stakes, he came up with a devastating late run to beat his stable companion Jack Hobbs by two-and-three-quarter lengths, and it was a similar scenario at Epsom.
Frankie Dettori rode him with supreme confidence in the Derby and he emphatically disposed of Jack Hobbs again by three and a half lengths.
That form was boosted with Jack Hobbs and the Derby third Storm The Stars occupying the first two places in the Irish Derby last weekend as I predicted.
It only remains to say that Golden Horn has continued to please his trainer in his work and another magic payday is envisaged with the defection of the French challenger, New Bay, leaving The Grey Gatsby as the one likely to follow Golden Horn home, albeit at a respectful distance.
Gosden also intends to run Western Hymn, so the additional prize money could increase his lead at the top of the 2015 Trainers Title championship.
Gosden will also be looking to his top-class filly JELLICLE BALL to add to her paddock value with a win in the Listed Coral Distaff Stakes that precedes the Eclipse.
This consistent Invincible Spirit filly was a creditable fourth to Osaila in the Listed Sandringham Handicap at Royal Ascot, and this eight furlong race gives her a clear chance of gaining an overdue first success of the season.
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The lightly raced three-year-old got both his own and his young trainer’s name on the scoreboard at Wolverhampton, where he beat Captain Revelation by two-and-a-quarter lengths.
His next run was at Newcastle, where things did not go according to plan and he had to settle for a nearest finish fifth to Woody Bay.
Granted better luck, a return to the winner’s enclosure beckons.
Haydock stages an attractive Saturday card yet again and Newmarket raiders could pick up some good races.
Firstly, I suggest having an interest in William Haggas’s hat-trick seeking AWESOME POWER in the opening Casino At bet365.com Handicap.
A Lingfield Polytrack winner back in November, he made a winning reappearance beating Western Reserve at Sandown and his work suggests he is still ahead of the handicapper.
Lucy Wadham’s smart filly LADY TIANA has the credentials to land the Grade 2 Lancashire Oaks.
A winner of a Listed Race at Doncaster last backend, she was a close sixth to Mayhem in the Grade 3 Prix Allez France at Chantilly in the spring.
More recently, she met trouble in the running when third to Miss Marjurie on this weekend’s Lancashire course.
She’s still bubbling.
On the same card, Chris Dwyer’s Wokingham seventh BASIL BERRY faces an easier task in the Bingo At bet365 Handicap.
Elsewhere on Saturday, it could pay to follow the fairer sex as Lady Cecil’s DISTAIN, who is the pick of the weights for the EFB Stallions Breeding Winners Fillies Sytner Handicap at Leicester.
On another Midlands track, Nottingham, Jane Chapple-Hyam’s POWER UP should be backed to complete a hat-trick in the Betfair Amateur Riders Handicap.
Later in the evening at Nottingham, Chris Wall’s improving filly SAHARA is fancied to make her first handicap appearance a winning one in the Barbara Ward Memorial Handicap.
Tomorrow, Roger Varian should reap a rich reward with a fistful of fancied runners at Haydock.
I am particularly keen on MASTER OF SPEED in the Rose Blossom Trust Handicap.
He showed promise in his one run as a juvenile and, with the benefit of a winter’s growth behind him, came out to win at the first time of asking this spring.
His length-and-a-half dismissal of Mr Quicksilver at Sandown augured well for the future and I expect him to use this race as a springboard to greater heights.
Varian will also be looking to STOCKING (7pm), HAALICK (8pm) and DECORATED KNIGHT (9pm) to make if four from four with his cross country travellers on the Haydock evening card.
On the east side of the country at Doncaster, our multi-tasking town mayor John Berry should wear his other mantle as a trainer, by continuing his winning run with his Lingfield scorer COTTESLOE in the SIG Handicap.
This afternoon, Rae Guest appears to have found the right opportunity for his upwardly mobile filly VALE OF PARIS to make it three wins in a row in the Crystal Palace Football Club Handicap at Lingfield.
Later in the evening, Sir Mark Prescott’s MOLLY DOLLY could achieve the same feat in the Weatherby EBF Stallions Breeding Winners Fillies Handicap at Newbury.
It is significant she has already been entered in Pattern Race company and should utilise a favourable handicap mark before going onwards and upwards for her canny handler.
n Pin Money came up with the Irish Sweeps Derby one-two, Jack Hobbs 10-11 and Storm The Stars 10-1.
He also found the 4-1 winner, Bushcraft.