Yet a Classic could still come his way this year, particularly if there is some cut in the ground at Newmarket on 2,000 Guineas day. Similar conditions proved ideal in the Racing Post Trophy in October, and all the best judges reckoned he would improve significantly from two to three.
Nor will there be any need to consult runes or tea leaves for news of his well-being, since, unlike the Godolphin string, he is prepared in Britain for owners who like a bet. The ante-post market will reflect his health as reliably as a blood test.
Although he ran in Robert Sangster's blue-and-green silks last season, Commander Collins is now part-owned by John Magnier, which probably kept him from the clutches of Sheikh Mohammed's Godolphin operation. Another part-owner is Tony Collins, who was "warned off" the turf for several years for his part in the notorious Gay Future betting coup.
Collins, apparently, did not make a penny from the coup, which involved all manner of highly imaginative plotting. The horse which bears his name, on the other hand, should enjoy a very profitable season indeed.Reuse content