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Gosden questions Golden Horn price
03 Jul 2015 16:04
John Gosden insists "nothing is a given" as stunning Derby hero Golden Horn tests his powers against the older generation for the first time in Saturday's Coral-Eclipse at Sandown.
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The Cape Cross colt looked every inch an Epsom contender when running out a brilliant winner of the Dante Stakes at York on his penultimate start and justified his place as Derby favourite with a brilliant display on the Downs in the hands of Frankie Dettori.
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With his stable companion and York and Epsom runner-up Jack Hobbs claiming Classic glory himself in last weekend's Irish Derby, Golden Horn is unsurprisingly a long odds-on favourite to add another Group One prize to his CV in this weekend's feature event.
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However, Gosden feels his charge has more on his plate than the prices suggest.
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He said: "I have a lot of respect for The Grey Gatsby, looking at his form from last year and the form of his last race, finishing second in the Prince of Wales's (Stakes).
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"Then you have the horse that finished third in the Queen Anne (Cougar Mountain), which is the best form around over a mile, so these are top older horses we're taking on.
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"I think the odds are a little bit unusual and I don't think they're representative of the chances the other horses have.
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"I've no illusions about it. It's a mile and a quarter on a track that can favour front-runners and against older horses. I've bags of respect for those horses and nothing is a given."
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Despite his caution, the Clarehaven handler admits Golden Horn has done everything right at home since his Epsom heroics.
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"We talked at Epsom about wanting to go to Sandown and I've been happy with his work," said Gosden.
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"He has a good constitution - his favourite two occupations are eating and sleeping. There's no harm in that.
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"He's quite relaxed and quite lazy sometimes in his work. He's lazy in his races sometimes as well, but he's a grand horse."
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Golden Horn heads to Sandown having won each of his previous starts, but the pressure of protecting that unbeaten record is not something that concerns Gosden.
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He said: "I don't let it (unbeaten record) bother me. Any horse can get beaten, it happened to Nijinsky, Kingman in the Guineas. I'm never going to let that worry me.
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"If the horse's ability is there and they're in good form and come out of their races well, that matters to a trainer probably more than anything else."
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