Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Waady in Charge for Team Gosden; Golden Horn Steering Job for Frankie Have a Waad on Johnny G's Hot Prospect

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Waady in Charge for Team Gosden; Golden Horn Steering Job for Frankie Have a Waad on Johnny G's Hot Prospect

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Byline: Garry Owen

DESPITE Johnny Gosden insisting "nothing is a given" Derby hero GOLDEN HORN (3.45) can make the older generation feel their age in the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown.

The unbeaten son of Cape Cross booked his place at Epsom when slamming stablemate Jack Hobbs in the Dante then repeated the dose against the same rival in the Blue Riband itself a month later.

Jack Hobbs showed the form was cast-iron when bolting up in the Irish Derby at the Curragh a week ago and Golden Horn is unsurprisingly long odds-on to add another big race to his CV today.

Despite having so much in his favour, Gosden reckons the colt has more on his plate than the bookies suggest and said: "I have a lot of TURN TO PAGE TWO FROM PAGE ONE respect for The Grey Gatsby, looking at his form from last year and his fine second in the Prince of Wales's.

"Then you also have Cougar Mountain who finished third in the Queen Anne, so these are top older horses we're taking on.

"I think the odds are a little bit unusual and I don't think they're representative of the chances the other horses have.

"I've no illusions about it. It's a mile-and-a-quarter on a track that can favour front-runners and against older horses. I've bags of respect for those horses and nothing is a given."

However, the handler is not a born cheerleader and I reckon that Golden Horn can join the exclusive club who complete the Derby/Eclipse double.

WAADY (2.00) ya know. It looks as if team Gosden have unearthed another potential star in the Group 3 Charge.

The colt loves the stiff five at Sandown and has already scored three times over course and distance, most recently in the Scurry Stakes last month.

Although the trainer admits the son of Approve will need to step up again against older rivals it usually pays to stick with a sprinter in form, especially with main danger Mecca's Angel unlikely to take her chance.

Gosden said: "He's three from three here and I've been happy with him since his last run.

"However, he is a three-year-old taking on older horses for the first time and as we all know, taking on those older sprinters is something of a quantum leap. …

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