ULYSSES turned in a powerful performance and lived up to his classic pedigree with a resounding defeat of Aidan O’Brien’s classic star Churchill in York’s Juddmonte International over 2000m on Wednesday.
The son of Galileo and the Oaks heroine Light Shift played won decisively under Jim Crowley to beat O’Brien’s 5-2 favourite by two lengths. Barney Roy was third and the other O’Brien runner, Cliffs Of Moher, took fourth.
It was a record sixth victory in one of Europe’s most prestigious Group One prizes for Ulysses’ trainer Michael Stoute. However, the result made it hard to shift the sense that it is his King George conqueror Enable who right now ranks as European racing’s superstar three-year-old.
Enable lines up in Thursday’s Yorkshire Oaks with a fourth top-flight success in a row seeming a formality for a filly capable of beating Ulysses by almost five lengths at Ascot a month ago.
With Stoute nominating November’s Breeders’ Cup at Del Mar as the ultimate target for Ulysses, it is Enable’s stable companion Cracksman who is rated by many bookmakers as her biggest Arc threat.
Gosden’s Irish Derby runner-up routed Ballydoyle’s runner Venice Beach to the tune of six lengths in the Great Voltigeur after which Britain’s top trainer appeared reluctant to even commit Cracksman to another run this year.
-Extracts and photo from Irish Times.