Monday 25 September 2017

Monterosso renews rivalry with old foe

Marcus Armytage

Monterosso won the world's richest race in March when he and Mickael Barzalona took the Dubai World Cup and had no less than So You Think four lengths behind him in fourth.

After a good break he begins what could be the start of an autumn of globetrotting when he meets So You Think again in Saturday's Coral Eclipse at Sandown.

Godolphin's five year-old is something of an unheralded late developer. It took him three starts on the all-weather to get off the mark.

At three, though, he stormed home head of the St Leger winner Arctic Cosmos in the King Edward VII at Ascot, but nothing in his past prepared punters for ease of his 20/1 victory at Meydan in March.

"He had a hard race, so the main aim has always been the big options in the second half of the season," said Simon Crisford, Godolphin's racing manager.

"He might just lack a bit of match practice," he added. "He's in good order and he stays further in what looks like it will be a true-run mile-and-a-quarter, so we're expecting a nice run, but it will be tough to transport his World Cup form to a different course and surface."

Godolphin, who enjoyed a resurgence at Royal Ascot, also run Farhh, an unlucky third in the Prince of Wales's Stakes. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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