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Two More Starts For Golden Horn This Season

Tuesday, 15th September 2015

Owner-breeder Anthony Oppenheimer is not ruling out the possibility of Golden Horn running twice more before the end of the season, reports At The Races. The Derby and Eclipse winner bounced back from a shock loss in the Juddmonte International with victory, albeit a controversial one, in Saturday's Gr1 Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown, in which the star colt was allowed to keep the race despite causing severe interference to Free Eagle in the concluding stages. The scene is now set for a potentially mouth-watering clash between Golden Horn and Treve in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp in just under three weeks time. However, ground conditions remain a concern and will be the key factor in deciding whether Golden Horn makes the trip to Paris, with the Champion Stakes at Ascot and the Breeders' Cup Turf also under consideration. "The picture as I see it is there are three possible races for him and I think we have to have decent ground. We can't really give others the advantage," Oppenheimer said. "We might get good ground for the Arc, or maybe at Ascot or there is Kentucky to consider. The ideal scenario is we get good to firm ground at either Ascot or Longchamp as while he is a good traveller, it is a long way to go to America." He added: "It's possible he could run in two - why not? He is a very tough horse, but as John Gosden and I have both said, the horse will tell us what he wants to do. If he tells us he's had enough we'll stop and if he tells us he wants more we'll keep going."

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