Goldikova wins fourth straight Rothschild

GOLDIKOVA won an unprecedented fourth successive Group 1 Prix Rothschild at Deauville.

Freddie Head’s five-year-old mare tracked her pacemaker Flash Dance throughout the mile contest before striking for home with two furlongs to run.

Jockey Olivier Peslier was confident he had all of his rivals beaten as he eased the mare down in the shadows of the post, with the winning distance of a short neck no indication of her superiority.

This was the daughter of Anabaa’s 14th success at the top level, and the darling of French racing was given a heroes reception as she passed the line in-front, becoming the first horse to win four consecutive Group Ones in France since the inception of the European Pattern in 1971.

The victory provided Peslier with his own personal milestone as it was his 100th Group One win. “There is nothing more to say. It’s amazing, my 100th Group One win. I didn’t have to touch her because I knew she had plenty to give.” he said.

Head is now looking forward to bringing her back for the Prix Jacques le Marois in two weeks’ time.

Meanwhile Ryan Moore will have to wait until tomorrow to have surgery on his broken thumb and his broken humerus.

Different specialists are required to operate on the three-times champion jockey, and that is the first day they are both available.

Moore remains in St Richard’s Hospital in Chichester after breaking his upper arm and thumb in a nasty fall at Glorious Goodwood on Saturday that could put him out for the rest of the season.

The injuries are a big blow to the rider. He is not only retained by Stoute but has also become a leading choice for Aidan O’Brien in the absence of a stable jockey at Ballydoyle. Moore had also been involved in a fascinating tussle with reigning champion jockey Paul Hanagan and Silvestre de Sousa in this year’s title race.

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