Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 20 September 2014

Fame flops in Gold Cup

Colour Vision holds off Opinion Poll in the Gold Cup, with Fame And Glory well beaten

Fame And Glory proved a bitter disappointment as he lost his Gold Cup crown at Royal Ascot.

Jamie Spencer settled the 4-5 favourite towards the rear in a steadily-run race but when he asked the six-year-old for an effort, he found little and faded tamely.

His trainer Aidan O'Brien said: "He has come back fine and seems to be fine after the race. It was an interesting race."

The Godolphin operation fought out the finish, with Frankie Dettori on 6-1 shot Colour Vision holding off the Mickael Barzalona-ridden Opinion Poll by half a length, and then surviving a stewards' inquiry.

Saddler's Rock stayed on in the closing stages to finish third, and his trainer John Oxx said: "The race was a bit of farce for him, unfortunately, as they went too slow early on, which meant he pulled for the first mile or so and then it was a sprint for the last mile and he couldn't quicken on the soft ground.

"He got a bit unbalanced, Johnny (Murtagh) said, and he was struggling, but then he finally got going when it was too late. There are a lot of options for him, probably starting off with the Goodwood Cup, and we'll look at similar races.

"He needs good to firm ground and a good pace to be at his best, but unfortunately we haven't got a pacemaker."

Dettori, who has been the subject of much speculation in recent weeks with the big rides now shared around the Godolphin team, was delighted to get a big-race win on the board, saying: "It was great. This was my best chance of the week.

"I had to make a very hard decision (to ride Colour Vision over Opinion Poll). They are both great horses and warriors and I finished up the best, but only by a short margin. I'm delighted for the team and myself as well. It's been a very hard week and I'm glad this one came up."

Winning trainer Saeed bin Suroor said: "After Frankie rode the horse last time, he knew it would be hard to choose between the two but when he picked our horse, he thought he'd picked the best one. We know now that he can run in all the best staying races and it's great to see Frankie winning it again."

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