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Golden Rules

Golden Rules did well to finish fourth in the Ascot Stakes, given how keen he was through the early stages of the race. He was slowly away, but he was quickly up into a prominent position, in fourth or fifth place, up on the outside of Untold Story. He was keen though, he didn’t really relax until they were racing out of Swinley Bottom. He travelled well up the side of the track and he travelled well to the home turn. Wheeled to the outside by Frankie Dettori at the top of the home straight, he picked up well and he hit the front on the run to the furlong marker. He just seemed tire through the final furlong as his early exertions probably took their toll, and he weakened into fourth place.

It was still a really good run by John and Thady Gosden’s horse, on this, his first attempt at two and a half miles. Actually, he had never been beyond a mile and six furlongs before, it was a significant step up in trip for him, so it is understandable that he would be keen early on. It was just the sixth race of his career too, so he has plenty of scope for progression. By Derby winner and Arc winner Golden Horn and out of a half-sister to Ribblesdale and Mackinnon Stakes winner Magic Wand, and Irish Oaks winner Chicquita, he is regally bred and he is unexposed as a stayer, and he will be of interest wherever he goes next.
Ascot, 15th June 2021