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A case of how far for Golden Horn in King George

23 Jul | BY Betway | MIN READ TIME |
A case of how far for Golden Horn in King George

Golden Horn is a red-hot favourite to write his name into racing folklore at one of the biggest races of the flat season

Golden Horn faces more of a numerical challenge in Saturday’s King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes than he did in the Eclipse, although the field doesn’t look any stronger than the one he faced at Sandown.

The weather is perhaps a bigger threat than his nine rivals, with 25mm of rain forecast to fall throughout Friday, which could have a significant impact on the ground conditions.

Trainer John Gosden doesn’t fear ground on the soft side of good, however. The unbeaten son of Cape Cross won on his debut on good-to-soft ground, so it is likely he will be effective regardless of the conditions.

His form so far indicates he should be a comfortable winner of this race, but his odds of 8/11 are restrictive. Of much more interest is the 2/1 on Golden Horn winning by over 2.5 lengths. He is certainly capable of doing so by impressive margins, having won the Eclipse and the Derby by 3.5 lengths and the Dante by 2.75 lengths respectively.

Rain could suit rivals

It looks as though most of his rivals will be suited by rain, even Eagle Top, a 7/1 chance who is yet to run on softer than good is bred to appreciate cut in the ground. He was only fourth in this last year when well-fancied, though, and another well-fancied rival at 13/2, Snow Sky, has been beaten in all three starts in Group 1 company. The latter has looked a better horse this year, but his form still needs to improve.

Cookie won’t crumble under Group 1 pressure

One horse that is yet to contest a Group 1 is Clever Cookie. Not many King George runners have started their career as national hunt horses, but he has won five of his eight starts since transferring to the flat at the start of last season, including a maiden victory over the smart Air Pilot. Clever Cookie stays much further than this 12f, but the ground is key. He has only been beaten once on soft-ish ground, which was a close fourth in the Doncaster Cup.

He has plenty to prove, but it will be intriguing to see how he performs in this company. He has travelled well in his races this season, suggesting he has been trained for more speed since last year. At 7/1, him winning the race without Golden Horn looks an enticing back-up bet.

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