Sandown's Coral Eclipse could be a walk in the park for Golden Horn
Absence of New Bay leaves Golden Horn long odds on
IT was being billed as "The Duel of the Downs" but Sandown's Coral Eclipse now looks more like being a walk in the park for Epsom Derby winner Golden Horn with just four other horses standing their ground in Saturday's race at the five-day stage.
An unsatisfactory piece of work from the French Derby winner yesterday morning meant that Andre Fabre was forced to rule out New Bay and bookmakers Boylesports reacted by cutting Golden Horn to 3/10 for what now looks predominately like a clash with last years Irish Champion Stakes winner The Grey Gatsby.
Fabre will now look for "various other options" as Gosden looks to continue his fine season which has already witnessed him claim the Epsom Derby, French Oaks and Irish Derby with a smashing group of three-year-olds.
Gosden did declare himself pleased with Golden Horn's who had his form complemented at the Curragh on Saturday by the five-length victory of his stable companion Jack Hobbs and the trainer is responsible for two of the five horses remaining in the field as he has also left in Western Hymn who was third behind Free Eagle at Ascot.
Gosden said: "Frankie (Dettori) was thrilled with his work on Saturday morning. He did a lovely seven furlongs on the watered gallop with a good older horse rated 118 and he skipped clear of him.
"Frankie got very excited but trainers don't get excited, I was just happy to see him do what he did, he's in good order and at the moment touch wood he's going the right way."
With New Bay being confirmed a non-runner quite early yesterday morning, many on social media pondered if Aidan O'Brien would reconsider his plans for dual Guineas and Royal Ascot winner Gleneagles. Despite the absence of New Bay that wasn't to be the case however and he sticks with the original plan of Cougar Mountain being his sole representative in the race.
The Grey Gatsby has been second in two Group One's already this season and fourth in the Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh and Kevin Ryan will be hoping he can go one better than when seemingly being an unlucky loser behind Dermot Weld's Free Eagle at Royal Ascot.
Golden Horn is the only three-year-old in this year's running and looks to become the first of the Classic generation to win the race since Sea The Stars famously won the race in 2009.
The potential field is completed by Andrew Balding's Tullius.