The world press has been effusive in its recognition of greatness:
"Charting Golden Horn's progress up to his surprise defeat in the Juddmonte International (Gr.1) was straightforward, with decisive wins in the championship events at Epsom on the 6th June and at Sandown on the 4th July lending him an air of invulnerability and encouraging comparison with the best of the recent blue riband winners. Where the benchmark figure Sea the Stars had succeeded in diverting from the King George to York's premier contest six years earlier, the Oppenheimer home-bred stalled as the unlikely heroine Arabian Queen dealt him an inexplicable blow there on the 19th August.
Sent to Leopardstown with a point to prove for the first time, he put his previous debacle firmly behind him when playing with Free Eagle and Found under more positive tactics in the showpiece of the Irish Champions weekend. As the ground dried sufficiently from the testing surface that prevailed at the warm-up meeting here three weeks ago, connections took the plunge and forewent Champions Day and were met with a potentially disastrous berth in 14.
With the need to spare as much energy as possible early on, a plan was hatched between Gosden and Dettori based on a precedent, as another past Gosden trainee, Duncan, had been kept separate from the field in the 2010 Prix Foy (Gr.2). Easing over gradually into the slipstream of Treve's rabbit, Shahah, to enjoy an uncomplicated stalking trip on a day when the winners were all racing prominently, Golden Horn tanked along with the Juddmonte duo Flintshire and New Bay in close attendance. Full of run turning for home, he was asked to grind there and responded generously to open a gap on the recent Sword Dancer scorer as Treve hung down to her right instead of surging forward. Out of reach as Dettori put down his whip with just over 100 meters remaining, he freewheeled to the line with the 2013 and 2014 heroine unable to engage her customary turbo.
For the winning jockey, it was a performance in the saddle on a par with his similarly positive ride on Lammtarra 20 years ago, and he was able to join Jacques Doyasbere, Freddy Head, Yves Saint-Martin, Pat Eddery, Olivier Peslier and Thierry Jarnet and tie for the coveted record. "I really believed in the horse," he said after emulating his feat of guiding another drawn in double figures to glory in Sakhee in 2001. "He put a great Arc to bed like a superstar. I was going that fast in the last 300 I thought it was impossible for another horse to pass me. I've been scratching my head all week. Everyone was determined to make me sit behind and I said 'Why? We've got the best horse. Let me get him up there and show the world how good he is'. The only blip he had was at York, but his record is unbelievable. He's probably the best horse I've ridden."
Gosden was unable to hide his delight at reaching another landmark in his career. "To win the Arc is a great achievement and I rank that personally as high as winning the Breeders' Cup Classic and the Epsom Derby," he commented. "Frankie was able to float down the outside and watch where he wanted to slot in and the pacemaker set an even gallop for him to switch off. I knew he was going to kick relatively early, as he had said earlier that the problem with the Arc is they come at your back with arrows."
Anthony Oppenheimer added, "What a fantastic day. John Gosden is truly a remarkable trainer with a great feeling for horses. Maybe the Breeders' Cup is a possibility, but the horse will tell us. What is for certain is he will not race next year. He will stand with Darley and Sheikh Mohammed will have a half share and I will retain the other."
Sam Bullard, Darley's director of stallions, later said in a statement, "It is wonderful that Darley has bought into this great champion and we are thrilled that Mr. Oppenheimer has decided that Dalham Hall Stud is where Golden Horn will get the best opportunity of becoming the great stallion we believe he can be." Darley stands Golden Horn's sire, Cape Cross, at its Kildangan Stud in Ireland, and also stood his broodmare sire, Dubai Destination, at Dalham Hall from 2004 to 2009.
Juddmonte were left content with confirmation that they have a pair of high-class horses on their hands, and racing manager Teddy Grimthorpe said of the second and third, "The two horses ran great races and had good positions and quickened well in the straight. We have no complaints and we were beaten by a true champion on the day. We will talk with Andre Fabre and the Breeders' Cup is a possibility for Flintshire, while we have to decide what happens next with New Bay."
Extract from Thoroughbred Daily News