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Arabian Queen strikes gold in Juddmonte for Elsworth leaving Golden Horn 'new Frankel' tag in tatters

By Frank Brownlow

Golden Horn's 'new Frankel' tag was left in tatters by Arabian Queen's shock victory in the Juddmonte International at York.

Undefeated Derby victor Golden Horn, with Frankie Dettori aboard, was sent off red hot 4-9 favourite but Arabian Queen hadn't read the form book and triumphed at a whopping 50-1.

When Gleneagles was declared a non-runner, Golden Horn was supposed to face a fairly straightforward task.

Arabian Queen, the only filly in the race, was sent off as the rank outsider, bar Golden Horn's pacemaker Dick Doughtywylie.

Winning trainer David Elsworth said: "She's a filly of the highest class. She's tenacious and loves to battle.

"If we hadn't turned up, they would be hailing the favourite as the best horse since Frankel.

"She's certain to stay further, her dam (Barshiba) won over a mile and five furlongs. It took me three years to work out her best trip, but I worked this one out a bit quicker."

Arabian Queen's jockey Silvestre De Sousa said: "She's not an easy filly to deal with, she can be a bit of a madam at home.

"She has her own ideas about the game, but is obviously very talented.

"I had a clear run, picked the pacemaker up two furlongs out and I always felt I had a bit left.

"I couldn't say I was confident coming here."

Owner Jeff Smith, who also bred the winner, said: "I'll have a chat to David. She's bred for a mile and a half so we are in the (British Champions) Fillies And Mares at Ascot, so that would probably be it for the year and next year possibly train her for the Arc."

For the vanquished favourite a combination of being too keen, having not run since the Coral-Eclipse, and the rain-softened ground were put up as excuses.

Dettori said: "He was too fresh, having missed the King George. He pulled hard and wasted a lot of energy. He couldn't skip away on that ground like he usually does."

It was a great day for Ulster jockey Pat Cosgrave who won the chief supporting race to the featured Juddmonte, the Great Voltigeur Stakes, on board Storm the Stars.

The rising star of Ulster racing, Sammy Jo Bell, rides Dusky Queen in the EBF Stallions Stakes at York today.

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