Goshen is back on track with the dominant Wincanton win … when the runner trained by Gary Moore is cut to 5-1 for Champions Hurdle
- Goshen, trained by Gary Moore, finished a turnaround with a Wincanton win
- Last year Goshen sent Jamie Moore off on the final hurdle in Cheltenham
- Goshen is now 5-1 for the Champion Hurdle thanks to the transformative race
Goshen was cut to 5-1 for the Champion Hurdle after getting back into shape with an easy win at the Kingwell Hurdle in Wincanton.
Only the two mares – reigning Champion Epatante and Irish Champion Hurdle winner Honeysuckle – are now ahead of Goshen, trained by Gary Moore, in the ante-post bets for Champion Hurdle after taking a 22-length win from Song For Someone had scored.
It was a transformed performance of the International Hurdle at Cheltenham in December when Goshen finished 29 lengths behind Song For Someone.
Goshen’s price for the champion hurdle has fallen after a clear win in Wincanton
Goshen wrote the unfortunate story of the 2020 Cheltenham Festival by removing jockey Jamie Moore from the final hurdle as he was on his way to a sure win at the Triumph hurdle.
He now has a clear chance of redeeming the festival and has also given a clue to the wider home festival defense that appears to be in danger of being overtaken by the Irish challenge.
Gary Moore said, “I didn’t know what to expect. I knew I had him in a good place. I was just hoping he would do what he did today. It has to be the champion hurdle next. It has always been the goal since last year. You can’t believe how happy I am ‘
Jamie Moore added, “Dad tried a different training regimen with the horse and it worked. The horse enjoyed it and we made him fit in different ways. ‘
Goshen has come back after a disaster in Cheltenham in 2020 and sent Jamie Moore off
Griffiths crashes to the breakthrough
Jockey Matt Griffiths claimed by far the biggest win of his career when he landed the first class Ascot Chase on the Jeremy Scott-trained Drashel Dasher.
30-year-old Griffiths hadn’t won a race before, but on a positive run on Dashel Drasher he beat Master Tommytucker two lengths.
Griffith’s plan to put pressure on Cyrname, the joint top British pursuer in training, appeared to be paying off as the favorite quickly faded and was pulled up in front of the 13th fence when he was reportedly suffering from breathing problems.
Dashel Drasher (left) brought Matt Griffiths to the breakthrough in his career
Dashel Drasher has now won all four starts at Ascot. He was also bred by Scott and his longstanding relationship with Griffiths dates back to when the driver broke in on him as a teenager.
Drashel Dasher was cut to 16-1 for Ryanair Chase in Cheltenham, but Scott said the eight-year-old was far from running there.
The coach said: “This is very special and you could say it was our Gold Cup. I don’t get emotional very often, but I definitely had a bit of a problem when he won. We had to think that we would tip over to windmills against Cyrname.
“He doesn’t blow your socks off at home – but he digs deep at the racetrack. Our plan was to pressure Cyrname to go out hard and fast. We loosened the first fence and Cyrname seemed to be driving away with it.
Â € œBut as soon as we turned it upside down and went up half a length, it was withered.
“He’s in the Ryanair chase, but let’s get him home and see how he’s doing before we make any plans. He was injured last year so we’re not that keen on overrun him. ‘
In four starts at Ascot, Drashel Dasher has achieved four victories and thus continued an impressive run
Wealth for Egan
21-year-old jockey David Egan on board John Gosden-trained Mishriff won £ 7.3 million first prize in the Saudi Cup, the world’s richest race in Riyahd.
Last year Mishriff finished second in the Saudi derby before winning the French derby.
Previously, Hollie Doyle, who was not placed in the Saudi Cup, had won the first prize of £ 437,956 in the Neom Turf Cup for the True Self trained by Willie Mullins.
David Egan, a 21-year-old jockey, won the £ 7.3 million prize at the Saudi Cup on Saturday
Richard Hobson-trained Lord Du Mesnil will take his place at the Randox Grand National at Aintree after valiantly parrying Achille off half a length in the Grand National Trial at Haydock.
The winner, trained by Paul O’Brien, is a 40-1 shot for the big race on April 10th.