Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 23 November 2014

Glittering Goldikova is number one

Goldikova was last night named Cartier Horse of the Year after a superb season in which she won five Group Ones to take her total to 12 - a European record - and became the first horse to win three Breeders' Cups.

Workforce, the Derby and Arc winner, got the better of Canford Cliffs to take the three-year-old title for 2010. His female counterpart was Snow Fairy.

Apart from Workforce, the Khalid Abdullah camp picked up the two-year-old colt award for the Frankel. The Coolmore/Ballydoyle axis celebrated Misty For Me being named best two-year-old filly and their Starspangledbanner came out top of the sprinters. The Cartier Stayer award went to Rite of Passage.

Meanwhile, Gilded Age plied his trade at the very highest level in juvenile hurdles last season and can make a winning debut over fences in the Highflyer Bloodstock Four Years Old Novices' Chase at Warwick today.

The son of Cape Cross was good enough to finish sixth in the Triumph Hurdle at Cheltenham in March and occupied the same position in a Grade One at Punchestown a month later.

His first couple of starts this season suggest he is not that well handicapped over the smaller obstacles and he may find life easier in this sphere if his jumping stands up to the test. The excellent form of his trainer Alan King is another major positive.

Another smart hurdler making his debut over the bigger obstacles in Karen McLintock's Bygones Of Brid in the Durham County Cricket Club Novices' Chase at Hexham.

A Grade Two winner at Kelso, the Alderbrook gelding was not too far behind Peddlers Cross at Aintree. If he takes to fences he could be a real standard bearer for the yard.

Barry Hills only has a few runners so Lady Bridget has to be of interest in the Betdaq For An Exchange Nursery at Lingfield.

Eighth when not beaten too far on debut at Newmarket when an unconsidered 100-1 chance, she finished third on her next start at Bath, having led for a long way.

The Hawk Wing filly was then an unlucky loser on her last start. Again she raced prominently, and looked all over the winner with half a furlong to run, but Rastaban got the better of a ding-dong battle. She has been given a rating of 71 which seems fair enough and looks one of only a couple going into the race on an upward curve.

The same comment applies to Sir Mark Prescott's Fashionable Gal who has every chance in the Back And Lay At Betdaq Maiden Stakes.

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