Racing Round-Up: What next for Golden Horn and Ballydoyle?
Golden Horn’s stunning victory in this year’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe has inevitably dominated the racing press as well as given the sport some welcome mainstream attention.
But while we already know what the result meant for dual-Arc winning heroine Treve – a well-deserved retirement – various outcomes at Longchamp have posed a few questions.
Here’s our round-up of the weekend’s action with a nod to future assignments.
Will the Horn head stateside for his final assignment?
Golden moment for Frankie and Gosden
Racing commentators have run out of superlatives to describe both Golden Horn and jockey Frankie Dettori.
The pair have provided a thrilling narrative throughout this year’s Flat season and it’s one that will endure for many years to come.
But what next for trainer John Gosden and his incredible colt?
Gosden has already told At the Races that the Breeders’ Cup Turf is a ‘real possibility’ with Ladbrokes going 4/6 about his chances at Keeneland.
However, the Newmarket saddler also pointed out that retirement is on the horizon.
Ballydoyle all the rage after Prix Marcel Boussac victory
Being bestowed with the name of your trainer’s yard carries a weight of expectation that many an animal would find difficult to justify, let alone when your handler happens to be one Aidan O’Brien.
But Ballydoyle is stepping up to the mark and the classy filly’s victory a mile at Longchamp was enough to put the bookmakers into a mini-frenzy.
The assertive score has seen O’Brien’s talented juvenile leap to the top of next year’s 1000 Guineas and Oaks markets.
She’s available at 6/1 for the former and 8/1 for the Epsom classic.
The Master of Ballydoyle also enjoyed some success over the jumps with Plinth landing the Grade 2 Istabraq Hurdle at Tipperary.
Ultra has Barzalona dreaming of more Derby success
Opinion is divided as to how much we can read into the result of the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere but connections of the winner won’t be paying the pundits too much attention.
Mickael Barzalona’s success onboard Ultra has seen the Godolphin-owned charge trimmed to 14/1 for next year’s Derby.
Barzalona and trainer Andre Fabre teamed up to win the classic with Pour Moi in 2011 and they’ll be dreaming of a similar outcome next summer.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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