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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Gosden to be king with Golden Horn

Derby winner to further enhance his reputation against the older horses

Golden Horn and Frankie Dettori winning the Eclipse Stakes
Golden Horn and Frankie Dettori winning the Eclipse Stakes

GOLDEN HORN is one of those rare top-level performers who has a lovely string of wins beside his name that all concerned are trying to preserve until he goes out to stud at the end of the season.

After winning late in the season maiden as a two-year-old last October, it was only after his listed success and Dante Stakes triumph that people really started to take note of Golden Horn and when he defied any concerns about staying a mile and a half when eclipsing the Epsom Derby field, we knew we were witnessing a colt right from the top drawer.

SUCCESSFUL

Golden Horn's first step up against older horses was a successful one in the Eclipse over 10-furlongs but despite him being no bigger than a 1/2 shot for tomorrow's race, the prospect of taking on some older rivals over a mile and a half is sure to be difficult but one that he is expected to overcome.

John Gosden has three runners in the race with Eagle Top emerging as the current second favourite and Romsdal an outsider of the nine-runner field but it's hard to see either threaten the Derby winner.

Golden Horn has looked flawless to date and a very straightforward type who can win from the front or behind and providing there is nothing clearly amiss, he looks set to justify favouritism.

Eagle Top has to reverse the Royal Ascot form with Snow Sky which is possible but Snow Sky is still probably most likely to claim the best of the minor honours for Pat Smullen who keeps the notable spare ride on the Michael Stoute trained four-year-old.

One that may be over-priced is the French raider Flintshire who forced Treve to work harder than expected last time out and although often falling short at the top level races, Flintshire is a model of consistency and at 14/1 is worth backing each-way to be in the first three.

There's no racing in Ireland on Sunday as attention turns to Galway for the seven-day Galway Festival but punters looking to have a bet in both the feature races, the Galway Hurdle and the Galway Plate should do so with caution.

PROMINENT

The Galway Hurdle will only cater for 20-runners and at moment one of the most prominent in bookmakers lists is Royal Ascot winner Clondaw Warrior who should get a run in the race but still needs eight to withdraw after the latest forfeit stage and he does hold an entry for Galway on Monday evening.

In the Galway Plate it is another Willie Mullins horse that is in and around second favourite but Devil's Bride looks like struggling to get in with him needing 14 to opt out before declaration stage.

For punters who do fancy Hidden Cyclone to make the most of his lower rating over hurdles and put up a good show in the Galway Hurdle, the recommendation would be to get on early because the 8/1 that is available at the moment is likely to be a lot shorter by race time as mome+ntum follows the high class chaser.

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