Tuesday 21 November 2017

New Bay camp swerve Golden Horn duel

New Bay trainer Andre Fabre
New Bay trainer Andre Fabre

Thomas Kelly

New Bay will miss Saturday's Coral-Eclipse at Sandown after failing to satisfy trainer Andre Fabre in a piece of work yesterday morning.

The French Derby winner was due to clash with Epsom Derby hero Golden Horn in the 10-furlong Group One but Fabre has ruled out a run after he failed to sparkle on the gallops.

Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager for owner Khalid Abdullah, said: "Andre has reported that New Bay did not work well enough this morning to justify going to Sandown for the Eclipse Stakes. He will now wait and look at the various other options."

New Bay's defection has left just five horses remaining in the weekend showpiece and Golden Horn is now likely to start long odds-on as he bids to become the first Derby winner to follow up against his elders since Sea The Stars in 2009.

Trainer John Gosden has been delighted with the unbeaten son of Cape Cross since his Classic success.

"Frankie (Dettori) was thrilled with his work on Saturday morning. He did a lovely seven furlongs on the watered gallop with a good older horse rated 118 and he skipped clear of him," the Newmarket handler said. "He's in good order and at the moment touch wood he's going the right way."

Gosden has also left in Western Hymn, a three-time winner over the course and distance. He was third in the Prince of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot on his latest start and is set to renew rivalry with The Grey Gatsby, which finished ahead of him in second when short-headed by Free Eagle.

The other two possibles are Andrew Balding's admirable seven-year-old Tullius and the Aidan O'Brien-trained Cougar Mountain.

Elsewhere, current favourite for the Doncaster St Leger Storm The Stars could take in two races before the world's oldest Classic following his excellent effort in the Irish Derby.

The William Haggas-trained colt was clear second best behind Jack Hobbs at the Curragh to back up his third place in the Derby at Epsom.

The Great Voltigeur Stakes at York in August is the logical next stop for Storm The Stars, but there is also a chance he could run before then as he is thriving with racing.

"We were over the moon, he ran a tremendous race. He looked so well before the race and he's thriving," said Bruce Raymond, racing manager to owner Sheikh Juma Dalmook Al Maktoum.

"William says he's a horse he has to keep on top of as he doesn't do too much in his work. He needs his racing and William has picked the right races for him. He's done very well and not let us down.

"The Voltigeur is an obvious race to go for. Whether William can wait that long with him I'm not sure, but that is the plan at the moment."

Irish Independent

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