Which were the only two horses to beat Golden Horn?
Owned by Anthony Oppenheimer, trained by John Gosden and ridden, on seven of his nine starts, by Lanfranco ‘Frankie’ Dettori, Golden Horn was named Cartier Horse of the Year in 2015. That year, his three-year-old record included wins in the Derby, Coral-Eclipse, Irish Champion Stakes and Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. However, for all his success, he was awarded a Timeform Annual Rating of just 133 and, therefore, adjudged to be 7lb inferior to the truly great horses of the Timeform era, such as Shergar, Dancing Brave and Sea The Stars.
All told, Golden Horn won seven of his nine starts and earned nearly £4.5 million in prize money. Unbeaten after five starts, he missed an intended engagement in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot in late July because of unsuitably soft ground and waited, instead, for the Juddmonte International Stakes at York three weeks later. Sent off at 4/9, Golden Horn pulled too hard for his own good in the early stages and, although he drew upsides the front-running Arabian Queen inside the final furlong, he could find no extra close home and was beaten a neck.
Three starts later, fresh from a ready, 2-length win in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe under a fine ride from Dettori, Golden Horn headed to Keeneland, Kentucky for the Breeders’ Cup Turf, for which he started hot favourite at 4/6. Once again, he took a keen hold in the early stages, but was driven into the lead coming off the home turn, only to be caught in the last half a furlong or so and beaten half a length by the filly, Found, whom he had previously beaten in the Irish Champion Stakes.