Following a brilliant training performance with Jack Hobbs winning the Dubai Sheema Classic, John Gosden can continue his excellent recent form into the start of the UK Flat season with Crazy Horse at Doncaster.
Three of Gosden's six runners have run out winners since last Saturday but it was clearly the performance Jack Hobbs that was most impressive. Always a highly talented performer the five-year-old had earlier in his career finished second to Golden Horn in the Epsom Derby before running out a clear-cut winner of the Irish equivelant.
The son of Halling was pulled-up with a pelvic injury on his first run last season and was out for six-months before a brilliant comeback when third to Almanzor in the Group 1 Champion Stakes at Ascot. Gosden had targetted Meydan for some time but it was the manner of his comfortable win in a top-class renewal of the Dubai Sheema Classic which was so eye-catching, galloping all over his rivals before running on strongly.
The fitting of blinkers to a horse Gosden described as always looking around and not concentrating was a masterstroke and Jack Hobbs will now target the Hardwicke and King George but also the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe would also be a realistic possibility.
Before being part-purchased by Godolphin Jack Hobbs used to sport the family colours and Gosden will be hoping another bred and owned by wife Rachel Hood will continue progressing this season as Crazy Horse is entered in Saturday's Listed Doncaster Mile with Frankie Dettori booked to ride.
Crazy Horse won both starts as a juvenile including the Group 3 Horris Hill Stakes at Newbury and was then highly-tried as a three-year-old finishing sixth in the French 2000 Guineas last May. Some minor injuries saw him off the track for five months before returning to win a conditions race at Salisbury. His best form had come with cut so it was no surprise to see the son of Sleeping Indian sent over to France again on his last two starts when twice finishing runner-up in Group 3 and Listed company.
The ground is drying out ahead of Saturday and while it will not be anything like last year's heavy going, the turf season's opening meeting should still have some soft in its description. With conditions to suit at Listed level Crazy Horse should be one to follow first up and as the season progresses, with hopefully any niggles well behind him, he could well progress to winning at Group level again.