Horse racing tipsters are in a frenzied flurry of excitement ahead of tomorrow’s clash of champions in what’s already being billed as the Race of the Century.
Even the racing-gods seem to have conspired to ensure the going is perfect for tomorrow’s Juddmonte International Group One race which sees Golden Horn and Gleneagles go head-to-head amongst of field of other top-class superstar horses in the 3.40 at York.
Britain’s soggy summer had looked like making the York course soft if not heavy but the atmosphere has changed and the improved conditions have dried the track and ramped-up the excitement levels even higher.
The race will be the first time in 23 years that the winner of the Derby takes on the Guineas champion at the intermediate distance of 10 furlongs – but it’s the presence of other world class runners that’s giving racing tipsters palpitations.
GREAT VALUE IN THE MARKET
With much of the focus unsurprisingly on Golden Horn and Gleneagles, there’s great value in the market for other proven champions such as last year’s winner of the Dante Stakes, The Grey Gatsby, and the Australian entry, Criterion.
The Aussie runner looks a great each-way bet given he’s already won three Grade One races Down Under and his odds are huge given his considerable pedigree and record.
Time Test is another worth looking at following his impressive display under the mount of Frankie Dettori to win at Royal Ascot earlier this summer.
Commenting ahead of the race, Dettori described it as “an absolute cracker!” explaining: “You’ve got all the best horses racing each other.”
The Italian will be back on-board the favorite and still unbeaten Golden Horn, with whom he won the Derby in style, and fired a warning of sorts to his rivals.
“I still think he is improving. The horse is in good shape and has won at York before.”
GLEANEAGLE’S BEST CHANCE?
However, Aidan O’Brien, the trainer of Gleneagles, will still be confident his horse can upset Dettori and the highly fancied Golden Horn.
The improved conditions and good ground looks likely to be fast enough to give Gleneagles his best chance despite the step up in distance to 10 furlongs.
Gleneagles was pulled out of running at Glorious Goodwood last month because of heavy ground and is unproven over 10 furlongs – but his stunning romps to win dual Guineas titles make him a serious contender for horse of the year status and the Juddmonte crown.
Looking ahead to what could be a legendary encounter befitting Race of the Century status, Dettori said: “York is very slick, very flat. You need a horse with pace and gears.
“The races are won with the revs up and at a high tempo. Golden Horn will have to be at his best.”
Considering his main rivals, the jockey added: “it’s a great line-up with a dual Guineas winner in Gleneagles, The Grey Gatsby, Time test who I rode to victory at Royal Ascot and the Australian horse Criterion.”
By: Joe Cahal