Newmarket trainers scoop big Arc prizes
Two Newmarket trainers have been in the winner’s enclosure this afternoon at the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe meeting at Longchamp.
John Gosden’s Derby winner Golden Horn, in what may be his last race before being retired to stud, claimed the big race under a superb tactical ride from Frankie Dettori.
While it was the jockey’s fourth winner in the race, it’s Gosden’s first.
He said afterwards: “It’s great to win the Arc in France and the Derby in England - that’s what it’s about. When you’re drawn wide, if you stay wide for a long time, you can run your own little race and not be bothered by anyone and then slot across.
“It was perfect as we sat behind the pacemaker and then kicked because as Frankie says, if you don’t kick at a certain time here they come like arrows at your back.
“I keep saying he’s a better horse coming from off the pace and he was today.”
Connections indicated afterwards they may consider another run with Golden Horn before the end of the season, with the Breeders Cup in the United States a possible target.
Shortly after that triumph, fellow Newmarket handler Robert Cowell was celebrating after Goldream claimed the Prix de l’Abbaye sprint over five furlongs.
It’s the six-year-old’s second Group One success of the season, following his win in the King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot in June.
Cowell said afterwards: “That’s outstanding, that was brilliant.
“I know he is good but to win two Group Ones in a season is pretty outstanding stuff.
“He has been working absolutely brilliantly. We worked him 12 days ago at Newmarket with a horse called Speed Hawk, who was beaten a nose at Ascot yesterday, and he hacked all over it.
“I don’t think he needed a prep run, he just needed a run.”
“We waited for the weather to come right without a run and today’s conditions were perfect for him.“
“He was going to go to the sales but now he will go to Dubai.”