Anthony Oppenheimer's Golden Horn (Cape Cross), the first horse to sweep the G2 Dante Stakes, G1 Epsom Derby and G1 Coral-Eclipse Stakes, has been given a rating of 130 by British Horseracing Authority handicapper Phil Smith. His new rating marks a rise of four points from the 126 he was assigned after the Derby.
Golden Horn joins Frankel (Galileo) as the only British-trained 3-year-olds since 1996 to achieve a rating of 130. Frankel was given a mark of 130 after winning the G1 2000 Guineas, and rose to 135 by the end of his 3-year-old campaign and 140 upon the conclusion of his career. The Irish-trained Sea The Stars (Cape Cross) ended his career as a 3-year-old with a rating of 135.
"I would be disappointed if Golden Horn cannot go on and prove himself better than 130 as the season progresses, as he is clearly a fast-improving colt who on Saturday showed his versatility by making the running for the first time [in the Coral-Eclipse]," said Smith. "If agreed by the International Handicappers this week, it will make Golden Horn the highest-rated horse in the world so far this year."
Smith added, "Life will become harder for Golden Horn as the 3-year-old weight-for-age allowance reduces by two pounds per month across each distance as the season progresses, but I have little doubt that he will be able to take that in his stride and continue to show that he is equally effective at 10 furlongs and 12 furlongs."
Extract from Thoroughbred Daily News
Golden Horn winning the 2015 Investec Derby / The Guardian (p)