26th July 2015
King George descended into farce in the 48 hours before this race as the heavens opened and a ludicrous gamble started on the Northern handicapper Clever Cookie who ended up well beaten.
I arrived at the track yesterday to be informed that despite what was being said on Racing UK and ATR there was no chance of Golden Horn running. I found this odd as Golden Horn was at Ascot and surely the Trainer had seen the monsoon on Friday and still brought him.
I would love to have seen the horse running but watching Gosden walk the course he seemed very bleak and so it was announced he wasn't running. This really brought the atmosphere down and Golden Horn shuffled off to wait for York. Of course what happens if it rains there? No one mentioned that. After that his races are the Champion Stakes and the Arc de Triomphe, here's the thing they are nearly always run on soft ground.
If they are so dead against running him on it then I put it to you we may have seen him run his last race. If that's the case his career will have rather petered out. If he ran yesterday and got beat it could have been blamed on the ground and it wouldn't have taken away the fact he won the Derby and the Eclipse!
Goodwood beckons for the Don and it is sure to be quite a week but before that Pontefract stage a fascinating listed race at 4 pm and Hugo Palmer sends up the classy Short Squeeze to contest it. He is worth a small win bet at 6/1 with Betvictor.
Trust in the Don he is the Festival number 1.
Back next Sunday.
The Gambling Don