Newmarket handler John Gosden will be hoping for better ground next week for his unbeaten Investec Derby hero Golden Horn.
Golden Horn is set to take his place at next week’s Juddmonte International at York after being pulled out of the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot last month.
Following his withdrawal for the King George, Gosden was quoted as saying: “He can go on good-to-soft no problem.
“He can probably go on genuine soft, but I don’t want to involve him in a sticky, holding ground.
“He’s been a busy boy, what with Derby, Dante, Eclipse and the Feilden Stakes, so having a little break might be a blessing in disguise with lots of races still to come.”
The Arc at Longchamp in October seems likely to be Golden Horn’s final race before stud, with the Champion Stakes a possible alternative if anything goes wrong.
The Derby and Eclipse winner, who is in tip-top condition at home, is strongly fancied to add York’s feature Group One to his already-impressive CV.
Golden Horn, who became the first horse to complete the Dante-Derby-Eclipse treble at Sandown only last monthin, is likely to come up against Criterion on the Knavesmire.
Criterion is the Australian raider who has slipped below the public radar since he was beaten at Royal Ascot.
Since the Royal meeting, David Hayes’ five-year-old has remained in Newmarket at the Clarehaven stables of Gosden.