While one superhorse, Lammtarra, was retired this week another potentially heroic figure emerged at Newmarket yesterday when Alhaarth won the Dewhurst Stakes.
It was a fifth successive victory for the colt trained by Dick Hern, and such was the authority of his win from the previously unbeaten Danehill Dancer that Alhaarth is now as low as 2-1 (with Ladbrokes) for next spring's 2,000 Guineas.
Hern has the best Classic record of any man still training, but even he admitted this was the best two-year-old he has trained. Willie Carson, Alhaarth's jockey, added: "He is an obvious force for the Guineas; he has got a big gun. He is special every time he runs. He is a champion."
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