Golden Horn pleases Dettori in gallop

Golden Horn “felt good” yesterday morning as he worked at Keeneland in preparation for the final race of his career in the Breeders’ Cup Turf.

Golden Horn pleases Dettori in gallop

The Derby, Eclipse, Irish Champion and Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner bids to end on the perfect high and rider Frankie Dettori was happy after dismounting, despite the deluge of rain that has hit the Kentucky venue this week.

Dettori said: “He felt good and the ground was soft. Today was more to get him used to the bend and the scenery, and he was very straight.

“I think the ground has dried a bit, but it would take a couple more days to put it close to what he wants.

“I’m enjoying every moment out here, I like to bask in the Breeders’ Cup atmosphere and I have some good rides at the Breeders’ Cup apart from Golden Horn.

“It’s very hard to win here, but we will give it a good go and after the Melbourne Cup I will have time to reflect on the great year I’ve had.”

Trainer John Gosden remains mindful of conditions for his colt, who suffered his only defeat on good to soft ground in the Juddmonte International at York.

Gosden said: “The ground is a concern, I’ve been out there and it’s what you would expect after all that rain. You would call it soft, with good to soft in places, but it’s still loose.”

Like Dettori, owner Anthony Oppenheimer is savouring every moment of the experience.

He said: “It’s fantastic to be out here, one of my daughters is with us and the other will be on the way soon. I think it is 10 years since I was here in Kentucky. After riding Golden Horn Frankie is saying he’s not unhappy at all with the scenario and he thinks it can dry out a bit more.

“We have the rail, but I’ve looked at the statistics and on percentage figures it’s the second-best for the Turf, so that is no problem at all.

“It’s important in another way to bring him out here so that the top American breeders can see him in the flesh and I’m sure the small rest he had when he didn’t run in the King George has been all for the good.

“Looking at him this morning, he’s a very happy horse and his coat looks fantastic.”

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