john Gosden expressed satisfaction after watching his Investec Derby hopes at yesterday’s Breakfast With The Stars morning at Epsom.
Golden Horn rocketed to the top of ante-post lists for the mile-and-a-half Classic with a brilliant display in the Dante at York earlier this month, beating his stable companion Jack Hobbs into second.
The Clarehaven pair are set to clash again on June 6 after handling the contours with aplomb.
Golden Horn and Frankie Dettori tracked lead horse Dick Doughtywylie before asserting in the final furlong, while Jack Hobbs, who will carry the blue of Godolphin for the first time next month, comfortably beat his lead horse, Marzocco, in the hands of William Buick.
Gosden said: “They are young horses and it was a good experience for them to feel there way around the track. It is a peculiar track and it is something that you can’t rehearse at home.
“I think it is an interesting race, even though people have made it a bit one dimensional. I am pretty sure that Jack Hobbs will get the trip and Golden Horn will probably get it on account that he is very laid-back. That will help him as, if it is a true test, he will need to see out the mile and a half.
Dettori and Buick will be switching mounts on Derby day, having ridden the opposite horses at York. Dettori said: “The Dante was a telling factor, but don’t dismiss Jack Hobbs as he is still a good horse. I think that a mile and a half is definitely in his compass and he is a much more raw horse than Golden Horn. Golden Horn handled the track OK. He is a very laid-back character and he needs a crowd to rev him up. He will be a better horse on the race day.”
Buick said: “Jack Hobbs felt very comfortable coming down the hill. We didn’t press any buttons but he is still learning about the game. Every step which he takes is going forward.”
WETHERBY: 5.40 Antilope Du Seuil, 6.10 One For Hocky, 6.45 Ballykan, 7.20 The Purchaser, 7.55 Cut The Corner, 8.25 Ockey De Neulliac, 8.55 Samedi Soir.
SANDOWN: 6.00 Correggio, 6.35 Steady Pace, 7.10 Simenon (next best), 7.45 Tryster, 8.15 CONSORT (NAP), 8.45 Heisman.
HAYDOCK: 1.50 Count Montecristo, 2.20 Saturn Lace, 2.50 Hyland Heather, 3.20 Eltezam, 3.50 Signore Piccolo, 4.20 Retro Valley, 4.50 Merchant Of Medici.
LINGFIELD: 2.00 Down To Earth, 2.30 Skidby Mill, 3.00 New Style, 3.30 Ejbaar, 4.00 Ryan Style, 4.30 Rampers, 5.00 Injun Sands, 5.30 My Anchor.
WORCESTER: 2.10 Double Silver, 2.40 Heurtevent, 3.10 Battle Master, 3.40 Tanerko Emery, 4.10 Gioia Di Vita, 4.40 Goodoldhonkytonk, 5.10 Colley Row.