Golden Horn joined a short list of horses Saturday when the colt determinedly put away his elder rival The Grey Gatsby to win the G1 Coral-Eclipse Stakes at Sandown Park, clinching the rare Derby-Eclipse double.
Just short of a month after his Epsom Derby success, Golden Horn led the field into the straight under jockey Frankie Dettori. He was challenged soon by The Grey Gatsby, but, with urging, surged clear of that rival to win going away in the end.
Western Hymn was third, followed by Cougar Mountain and Tullius. Final time for the distance a little more than ten furlongs was 2:05.77.
Now undefeated in five starts for owner Anthony Oppenheimer and trainer John Gosden, Golden Horn came into the Epsom Derby well-regarded and ran to that hype, handily defeating Jack Hobbs, who romped in the Irish Derby a few weeks later. Bred in Great Britain by Hascombe and Valiant Studs, he is by Cape Cross out of Fleche D'or (Dubai Destination).
Before Golden Horn, Sea The Stars was the last horse to complete the Derby-Eclipse double, taking both races in 2009.
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