Breeders' Cup: Treasury Devil will be cashing in
In the end, even their three-year-olds have redeemed themselves, Arctic Cosmos winning the final Classic of the season at Doncaster last Saturday.
There was a time, however, when John Gosden and William Buick were especially grateful that Dar Re Mi had relieved their new partnership of any early pressure, with that spectacular success at Meydan in March.
Gosden soon perceived that they would have to wait for the two-year-olds, for any momentum on the home front, and told his new stable jockey to show patience during the summer. Sure enough, the Clarehaven juveniles are now in rampant form, and yesterday he sent out four of them to win at three tracks inside 80 minutes.
The man himself is at the yearling sales in Keeneland, hoping that the next cycle proves just as fertile.
But tidings of his two winners here, in particular, may well have prompted thoughts of returning to Kentucky in a few weeks' time.
For Gosden is presumably seeking a colt to win him the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf for the third year running, and conceivably Treasury Devil might fit the bill.
Winner of a Newbury maiden on his debut, this colt by Bernadini was sent off odds-on to beat four rivals for the Futurity Novice Stakes. He swept past Introvert to win, looking ready for an eighth furlong as he did so. Buick was wearing the same Lloyd-Webber silks as on Dar Re Mi, who was retired only days ago.
The Lloyd-Webbers sell nearly all their young colts, but ended up retaining Treasury Devil at Keeneland last year, having failed to find a bidder beyond one million dollars.
“We set a value on them all and, by not being greedy, nine times out of ten they will make their value,” Lady Lloyd-Webber said. “Thank goodness this one didn't. He's a very exciting prospect.”
As it happens, she had greeted the stable's St Leger success with dismay, having bred the hot favourite in Rewilding. But the fact is that a maximum of three colts can win English Classics every season, dispiriting as that must be to connections of Gosden's other winner here, Masked Marvel. A gorgeous debutant by Montjeu, Masked Marvel was well backed to take his maiden in very similar fashion to Treasury Devil.
Jeremy Brummett, racing manager to Bjorn Nielsen, mentioned Epsom next June.
“There's only ever one target, isn't there?” he said. “Everything else is Plan B. We do like the horse. But we'll find out more next time. Certainly he was the least forward in this race.” Of Gosden's five runners yesterday, the only one to be beaten finished third to a stablemate, Utley, at Yarmouth.