Team Godophin are once again gathering a rich autumn harvest
Monday 11 October 2010
Hype about his rivals has rather distracted attention from Saamidd, but Saturday remains a momentous day for Godolphin. Their leading juvenile meets Frankel and Dream Ahead in the Jumeirah Dewhurst Stakes, while Poet's Voice tries to justify a gamble on his stamina in the Emirates Airline Champion Stakes. Godolphin certainly have a following wind, having celebrated a Group One double for the third consecutive weekend when Rio De La Plata and Biondetti won in Italy on Saturday. In the process, however, they compounded a growing suspicion that a trend has become a cycle.
Until the last weekend of September, Godolphin had mustered four Group One winners around the world. They have since taken their score to 10. In 2009, eight of their 13 elite winners arrived in October and November. Over the three previous years, out of an aggregate of 22, 14 came after August.
Can it be a coincidence that Godolphin are proving increasingly fertile in the final phase of their campaign? There are trainers who tell you that horses returning from the Dubai International Carnival, early in the year, can start growing a winter coat even as the weather here improves. History permits no doubt that Godolphin's migration to the desert can also be a springboard to success early in the season. At the very least, however, this altered profile does seem curious.
Regardless, Godolphin once again have every right to be satisfied with their autumn's work. They will be especially pleased that Mahmood Al Zarooni should have won the second Group One prize of his rookie season with Biondetti. True, the runner-up on Saturday had been beaten in a Goodwood nursery off just 74, but Al Zarooni was heavily involved with Vale Of York last year when that colt graduated from defeat in the same race to pull off a stunning success in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile. Biondetti, unbeaten in three starts, may try to follow suit at Churchill Downs next month.
It proved a rather longer weekend for Richard Hughes. On Saturday he had to wait until the last strides of the last race at Wolverhampton, at 9.10 pm, for a winner. And yesterday he had the indignity of seeing Paul Hanagan ride one on his own patch, at Goodwood, to extend his lead in the jockeys' title race to nine. Hughes begins a week off on Saturday and can have found only cold comfort in the fact that Hanagan picked up a one-day whip ban.
Latest in Sport
Phil Hughes head injury: Cricket world reels as Australian opener fights for his life
Robin van Persie says it's 'still possible' for Manchester United to win the Premier League title this season, but admits it will be 'very hard'
Sam Wallace: Players of Suarez’s standing just don’t sign for clubs like Liverpool
Lionel Messi transfer news: Manuel Pellegrini dismisses £200m Manchester City move for Barcelona star as 'rumours and only rumours'
Manchester United named Premier League's loudest fans despite late push by Chelsea according to 'Smart Meter' app
- 1 Tamir Rice: 12-year-old boy playing with fake gun dies after being shot by Ohio police
- 2 To help fuel their propaganda machine against the poor, our government has now decided to redefine the word 'welfare'
- 3 Halle Berry takes ex-boyfriend Gabriel Aubry to court for allegedly trying to make daughter look less African-American
- 4 Isis propaganda image showing 'abuse of Muslim woman by soldiers' is actually taken from Hungarian porn film
- 5 'You should come to my house and eat cheeses with me': 4-year-old sends adorable love letter to girl at school
Rochester by-election: Ukip gains second MP as Tory defector Mark Reckless holds seat
'Beast of Bolsover' Dennis Skinner takes Ukip MP Mark Reckless to task moments after he is sworn in
Rochester by-election: Labour MP Emily Thornberry resigns after posting white van and England flags tweet
France 'blocks' Russian sailors from boarding a warship
The young are the new poor: Sharp increase in number of under-25s living in poverty, while over-65s are better off than ever
Revealed: How the world gets rich – from privatising British public services
Excellent Salary: Austen Lloyd: CHESHIRE MARKET TOWN - An exciting and rare o...
Excellent Salary : Austen Lloyd: NORTH HAMPSHIRE - SENIOR POSITION - An exciti...
£29000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Gas Installation Engineer is required ...
£28000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Domestic Gas Technical Surveyor is req...