Cape Cross, the full brother to Highlands Farm’s promising young sire Great Britain, has really enjoyed a purple patch of success with his runners of late.
The son of Green Desert, whose son Karpino is favourite for Sunday’s G2 German 2000 Guineas, has been represented by ten black type performers this season already and his season looks set to get better yet.
The maternal grandsire of last year’s Investec Derby winner Australia (by Cape Cross’s Derby winning son Sea The Stars), Cape Cross looks to have a cracking 2015 classic hope to his bow in the form of unbeaten colt Golden Horn.
The latter, who gave trainer John Gosen a quick classic trial double, made it three wins from as many outings when landing Thursday’s G2 Betfred Dante Stakes at York.
Golden Horn, who had previously landed the Listed Feilden Stakes, impressed when producing a breath taking turn of foot to down stable mate Jack Hobbs by two and three quarter lengths, with last year’s G1 Racing Post Trophy winner Elm Park another three and a quarter lengths away in third.
The colt, who is out of the Dubai Destination mare Fleche D’Or, clearly made a big impression on his jockey William Buick, who said after the Dante, “”That was a very good performance from a very good horse. He keeps progressing. He switched off well. It was a very good race, an even pace and he’s a very exciting horse.
“To ride a horse like this is what it’s all about, he’s got so many gears – it’s just point and shoot.
“He’s come forward from Newmarket (Feilden Stakes) and that was only his third run, so you could see a lot of improvement.”
Golden Horn, who is currently a 7-1 chance for the French Derby, could yet be supplemented into the Investec Derby. Bookmakers have wasted no chances, however, with a number of firms making the colt 5-2 favourite for the Epsom classic.
The same day, another of Cape Cross’ progeny, Talmada ran a creditable second in the G2 Betfred Middleton Stakes at the rewarding odds of 12-1.
Best known as the sire of superstars Ouija Board and Sea The Stars, Cape Cross currently ranks as the fifth leading sire in GB/Ireland, with his offspring having already amassed more than £528 000.
His full brother, and former Al Quoz Sprint winner, Great Britain has made a pleasing start with his first local runners including the G1 colt Mystical Twilight.