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Godolphin's Ghaiyyath a Thoroughbred Bully

Monday, 6th July 2020

If horse-racing was a school playground, Godolphin’s rising star Ghaiyyath would likely be summoned to the principal’s office for being a bully. Over decades there have been some remarkable racehorses carry the blue army’s ubiquitously successful silks, however this son of Dubawi is poised to become perhaps one of their greatest ever after his stunning Coral Eclipse victory at Sandown over Enable on Sunday (see above). The reason is profoundly about speed and class. Lots of racehorses have one or the other, but rarely both in one package (see below). Equally effective over anything between a mile and 2400m, the Charlie Appleby-trained 5YO entire does one of two things in his races: he either leads on his terms in which case good luck catching him, or he’ll lead by breaking the heart of anything that tries to go with him, and still find plenty under pressure. Aside from the Dubawi factor, throw in the fact that this €1.1 million weanling is out of Gr1 Irish 1,000 Guineas heroine Nightime, a daughter of X-factor Galileo. Her Fastnet Rock daughter Zhukova won the Gr1 Belmont Man o’ War Stakes and was voted Champion Europen Older Female in 2016, subsequently selling to Godolphin for 3.7 million guineas as a broodmare prospect at the 2017 Tattersalls December Sale. Hypothetically, Ghaiyyath would grab the Cox Plate by the scruff of the neck and monster it like a Might and Power squared, however with Longchamp’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe a much bigger prize and where the now triple Gr1 winner will meet a more seasoned Enabled, there’s almost no prospect that – COVID-19 or not – we’ll be seeing him in Australia other than as a possible shuttler one day.

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