|Monday 18th May 2020|
Goshen Set for Flat Success Before Champion Hurdle Tilt?
The Cheltenham festival went ahead and was a memorable four days at Prestbury park on the racing front. The opening race on Gold Cup day was the JCB Triumph hurdle, in which Goshen went in as the well backed 5/2 favourite. It was billed as a strong race, with other key contenders including Allmankind and Solo. Each horse entering with a big reputation. However, it was a one horse race when it came down to it. Goshen raced prominently and led off the bend and eased clear to go 10 lengths ahead of the field and well in command, before making a mistake at the last, which unseated rider Jamie Moore. This was so unlucky and very difficult to take for connections. You could see how disappointed Jamie Moore was post-race, but the positives are that they horse is fit and well and has a huge future ahead of it.
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Goshen looks set for a brilliant JCB Triumph Hurdle victory, but it's Burning Victory for Ireland in a quite remarkable conclusion at @CheltenhamRaces #CheltenhamFestival pic.twitter.com/fHIulH3Vik
But could we now see the horse move back to the flat? This comes as racing fans gear up for a return of UK racing and hopefully Royal Ascot in the coming month, as many look at the Royal Ascot betting offers that are widely available.
At present Goshen can be backed as the 12/1 favourite for the Ebor and there is little doubting he appears very well handicapped if he were to race. Goshen is currently rated 88 on the flat, and has an RPR rating of 156 over jumps, which gives an indication of the improvement he has recently made. Trainer Gary Moore has stated that the main aim for the horse will be a return to Prestbury Park and a tilt at the Champion hurdle, but he may first return back to the flat. This is following him stating that ‘it would be a shame not to try and make the most of it”. This is in reference to his attractive looking mark of 88.
The four year old most certainly rates as one of the most exciting horses in training and could just be a future Champion hurdle winner in waiting. A race that appears to have been very weak for a number of years, since the years of Hurricane Fly and Faugheen. Goshen has now won six of his ten starts under rules and this should be seven, only for that unseat in his recent start.In his three completed starts over hurdles, he has won by a accumulative distance of 68 lengths. He clearly as a huge engine and it will be very interesting as to how he fares next season.