Click above to watch It’s Tricky winning the TVG Coaching Club American Oaks (G1)…
(Image : NY Daily News - Footage : Saratoga)
“NATHANIEL AND IT’S TRICKY”
Galileo’s relentless march to yet another European Sires’ Championship is unstoppable. It’s one hell of a statement, but it seems his dominance of racing in that part of the world, exceeds even that of his own illustrious sire, Sadler’s Wells. If there’s a racing certainty for South African Horse Of The Year, it’s his daughter, Igugu, and on Saturday, Galileo hammered another nail into the coffin of his stallion opponents, when the John Gosden-trained Nathaniel, ran his elders off their feet in the £1million Ascot showpiece, the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (G1). It’s tempting to think that a victory by 2,75 lengths over the best mile-and-a-half horses in Europe, could point to a sub-par year, but that is most decidedly not the case. His closest pursuer was Workforce, last season’s hero of both the English Derby and the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, followed by the 2011 Coronation Cup ace, St. Nicholas Abbey. Nathaniel looks the improving type, and if there’s more to come, the Brits and the Europeans are in for some fireworks this autumn. You can light the touchpaper!
Across the Atlantic, Mineshaft ensured that the “A.P. Indy” magic continued to weave itself into America’s most celebrated races, when It’s Tricky ran away with the winner’s share of the loot in the TVG Coaching Club American Oaks (G1), on the opening weekend of Saratoga’s storied festival. This victory reminded us of the potency of A.P. Indy and his tribe, and especially of his sire sons from Mr Prospector-line mares.