Golden Horde set to seek more Group One success in Champions Sprint

Mon 7 Sep 2020

Golden Horde will head for the Qipco British Champions Sprint at Ascot next month, following his excellent run in the Betfair Sprint Cup.

Clive Cox’s consistent three-year-old was out on his own on the far side of the track and was just touched off for second place as Dream Of Dreams took the honours from Glen Shiel at Haydock on Saturday.

All three are likely to re-oppose at Ascot on October 17, with Golden Horde returning to the scene of his Commonwealth Cup victory in June.

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“He’ll most definitely go there,” said Cox.

“That was definitely the worst ground he’s run on, which means we have a very versatile performer that can perform on quicker or slower ground – and that is always pleasing.

“He ran a super race. He was drawn in the middle and he would have had to cross over some pretty well-used ground even on the outer track that hadn’t been used as much.

“They’d had big fields on that side, and we opted to stay on the fresh ground where he was drawn.”

In the circumstances, Cox was impressed with how Golden Horde adapted to the conditions.

“Haydock is a strange place, and many horses don’t handle that ground when it gets that testing, so we were even more pleased he was able to be so versatile,” he added.

“Basically he’s run an absolute blinder. He’s been the most consistent Group One horse I’ve ever had.

“He’s got an amazing constitution – and of the three-year-old generation, I think he’s equipped himself exceptionally well.

“He’s a top-class horse. He’s backed his performances up run after run. I’m sure he’ll continue to please in the highest company.”

Clive Cox reports Supremacy to be on course for this month’s Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket, after recovering from a slight setback.

Supremacy was last seen winning the Richmond Stakes at Goodwood in July

The impressive Richmond Stakes winner was ruled out of the Gimcrack at York with a bad scope, having missed the Prix Morny at Deauville because of the testing conditions.

“He’s in great form, and we are heading towards the Middle Park – that’s his intended target at the end of the season,” said Cox.

“It’s just great he’s another high-class two-year-old performer (for us).”

Cox ran Nando Parrado in the Morny, and the shock Coventry Stakes scorer did not let the Lambourn trainer down – taking the runner-up spot behind Campanelle.

“He is back very well indeed from his second in the Morny,” he added.

“Although we have entries covered over six furlongs in the Middle Park, similarly the autumn ground holds no fears with him, and we’re keen to give him the option of stepping up to seven furlongs as well at this stage.

“He’s in the Dewhurst (also at Newmarket) and the (Prix Jean-Luc) Lagardere (at ParisLongchamp) as well. He’s well entered – and I’m thrilled to report he’s come back from a very solid performance, being second in the Morny to a very good filly.

“We’ll play the cards accordingly and keep an open mind.”

Cox has a strong hand in the juvenile department, with Cobh another class act in his yard.

Cobh’s victory in a Listed race at Salisbury was given a boost when the runner-up Fancy Man won the Ascendant Stakes at Haydock on Saturday.

“He’s another well-entered individual that won the Stonehenge at Salisbury very convincingly over a mile,” he said.

“It was great for Kodi Bear’s first crop of two-year-olds to have a classy performer like him carrying the flag.

“He was second in Listed company on quick ground at Ascot – so he’s also very versatile – and I think although he’s won over a mile, we’re keeping an open mind on seven furlong races as well.

“He’s a horse we’re very pleased with.”

Cobh is likely to tackle a Group race next rather than take up his entry in the Weatherbys Racing Bank £200,000 2yo Stakes at Doncaster on Thursday.

“I think he’s probably going to stay in Pattern company,” said Cox.

“He is in the Royal Lodge – and he’s well entered, with no going concerns either.”

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