Godolphin 2017 Greatest Moments
THUNDER SNOW (G2 UAE Derby, Meydan)
This tough son of Darley stallion Helmet fought every inch of the long Meydan straight to get the better of Japanese colt Epicharis in an epic running of the local Classic.
Thunder Snow ran eight times for the campaign, returning from a bizarre episode when pulling up in the G1 Kentucky Derby to winning the G1 Prix Jean Prat at Chantilly. He was a credit to his trainer, Saeed bin Suroor.
POLARISATION (G1 Sydney Cup, Randwick)
A true staying talent, who had to ‘win’ the Sydney Cup twice before collecting first prize in the iconic race. He was first past the post in the ‘two-miler’ on April 1, only for the race to be declared void for safety reasons. Then, on April 22, he beat Who Shot The Barman in the re-run, prevailing by a head. Unusual and memorable.
RIBCHESTER (G1 Queen Anne Stakes, Royal Ascot)
An outstanding miler, who landed the first race at a Royal meeting that reaped an impressive harvest of six winners for Godolphin. Ribchester ended his career in America with a creditable effort from a wide draw in the G1 Breeders’ Cup Mile at Del Mar. He won six of 14 career starts, and was only twice out of the first three. A truly brilliant racehorse.
BARNEY ROY (G1 St James’s Palace Stakes, Royal Ascot)
A brilliantly consistent three-year-old, who followed an excellent second in the G1 2,000 Guineas (when stumbling at a crucial stage) with a glorious triumph in the G1 St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot. Subsequent placings against older horses in the G1 Eclipse and G1 Juddmonte stamped him one of the best of his generation.
WUHEIDA (G1 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf, Del Mar)
A top class filly, whose season did not commence until July because of a hold-up earlier in the year. Already a G1 winner at two, she progressed rapidly with each run under the belt. Went to Kentucky in October only to miss a race at Keeneland because of a setback. But trainer Charlie Appleby had her right on song to win at the Breeders’ Cup meeting at Del Mar in November.
TALISMANIC (G1 Breeders’ Cup Turf, Del Mar)
This handsome son of Medaglia D’Oro, now winner of six of his 17 starts, had his moment in the spotlight when beating Beach Patrol and Highland Reel in the Breeders’ Cup Turf at Del Mar. Trainer Andre Fabre has always held him in high regard. It seems the colt is now starting to fulfil the great early potential he displayed.