Golden Sword by High Chaparral

Thursday marked the 109th renewal of the time-honoured Chester Vase. Derby favourite US Army Ranger won the race in a titanic tussle making it 7 wins out of 10 for Ballydoyle’s Aidan O’Brien.

While we try to keep the readers of these columns up to date on current affairs in the racing and breeding world, naturally it’s always a bit closer to our hearts when there is a local connection. In this case, it’s worth mentioning that among the horses who received a special mention in the Thoroughbred Daily News as past victors of this historic event, was Summerhill resident Golden Sword. Also trained by Aidan O’Brien, Golden Sword completed the Chester Vase in the second-fastest time in recorded history, faster than US Army Ranger, faster than Soldier of Fortune and faster than Ruler of the World. It comes as no surprise then, that with Golden’s Sword’s record in one of the toughest competitive seasons, we’ve often heard Mike de Kock remark: “In any other hear, he would’ve won the Derby”.
We all know how close Golden Sword came to winning the Derby, with just two lengths between him the best of his generation, Sea The Stars. He was a swashbuckling juvenile, a frightening three-year-old, and a record-breaking four-year-old. Not only was he was a tad behind a world champion Derby winner, but he also ran the fastest 2000 metres ever in Dubai history.
So, a “double” whammy you ask? Another great race that was run just last week was the Cheshire Oaks (Listed), now known as the Robert Sangster Memorial. The filly who brought home the win was Somehow, an up and coming Fastnet Rock filly on the radars of racing enthusiasts everywhere. If one takes the time to delve a little deeper into her pedigree, you will come across none other than Souk, third dam not only of Somehow, but that of Golden Sword as well. For the first time since his racing career and the announcement of his stud duties, Golden Sword’s name is littered across the pages of the best known international racing publications. Could it be a sign of what’s to come? Mike de Kock did say he was an outrageous talent. And the market says there hasn’t been more excitement about a “sword” since King Arthur pulled one out of a rock. Don’t say we didn’t give you the heads up – watch this space.