Clive Cox hopes to find the golden ball and aims for the July Cup for the Group 1 Commonwealth Cup winner
- Coach Clive Cox hopes to find his fastest runner at Royal Ascot
- The Golden Horde won the Group 1 Commonwealth Cup Friday afternoon
- Golden Horde has the same box in the Lambourn stable that previously housed Lethal Force
Coach Clive Cox is in charge of speed and may have found his fastest ball to date in Group One Commonwealth Cup winner Golden Horde.
Adam Kirby’s 5-1 shot took the lead halfway through the six-year race and while Frankie Dettori tried to catch him on American challenger Wesley Ward Kimari, they were still held in length and a winning half.
Golden Horde occupies the same space in the Cox’s Lambourn stable which previously housed his father Lethal Force and the equally fast Harry Angel. Lethal Force won the Group 1 July Cup at Newmarket in 2013 and Harry Angel in 2017 and this race will be the next step for Golden Horde.
Adam Kirby and Golden Horde (right) win the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot
Coral made him the favorite of 4-1 with the favorite skeptic of the Diamond Jubilee Stakes this afternoon.
Cox, who trained Golden Horde to win last season’s Richmond Stakes at Glorious Goodwood as well as being placed in the Prix Morny and Middle Park Stakes, added: “ We always coached him last year in knowing that with the right behavior, he will be a better horse this year.
“I don’t think he’s certain he’s ahead of Lethal Force at this point in his career.”
Kirby added, “I kept it simple. He has a very high cruising speed and is a fairly special horse. “
Aidan O’Brien’s 100-30-year-old favorite Lope Y Fernandez was unable to take a hit, perhaps finding the task too difficult a week after his Irish third place finish of 2,000 guineas.
An even greater disappointment was Pierre Lapin, trained by Roger Varian, who was released last of 16.
During a day of speed testing, Ward was more frustrated as Golden Pal was caught in the final strides of the Albany Stakes by The Lir Jet, trained by Michael Bell.
The victory was a feather in the cap of jockey champion Oisin Murphy, who recommended to his boss Sheik Fahad Al Thani that he buy the colt after his victory at his debut in Yarmouth.
The Group One Morny Prize could be a target for The Lir Jet and it could mean a clash with Karl Burke’s Albany Stakes six-length winner Dandalla.
The filly gave jockey Ben Curtis her first Royal Ascot winner and drew favorable comparisons from Burke with his Group 1 winning filly, Laurens.
The Art Power of Tim Easterby, winner of the Palace of Holywoodhouse Handicap under Sousa Silvestre, could have a powerful rival in view at Battaash if he aligned himself in the King George Stakes at Glorious Goodwood and the Nunthorpe Stakes.
But Easterby is not discouraged. He said, “He might meet Battaash but I’m not too worried actually. It is a machine. “
Frankie Dettori took home three victories for the week and a total of 70 Royal Meeting winners, bringing John Gosden’s Fanny Logan from last to first of the Hardwicke Stakes. Only Lester Piggott (116) and the late Pat Eddery (73) climbed more.
Fanny Logan could return to Ascot next month for the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes and a potential clash with teammate Enable.