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God’s Window wins on debut over a mile at Doncaster (

The Gaynor Rupert homebred Dubawi colt God’s Window is one of only four horses quoted in single figures for Saturday’s Gr 1 Kameko Futurity Trophy Stakes (Group 1) over a mile for two-year-old colts and fillies at Doncaster on Saturday.

The race formerly known as the Racing Post Trophy is one of the traditional biggest pointers to the British three-year-old classic season and starts at 15H10 South African time on Saturday.
The John and Thady Gosden-trained God’s Window, owned and bred by Gaynor Rupert’s Cayton Park Stud Ltd, has the advantage of course and distance experience.
In his only start he won a maiden stakes event over the course and distance by three-quarters of a length. He started 4/1 joint favourite with two other horses that day ( September 30) and won in soft conditions under Kieran Shoemark.     
For Saturday’s race he is quoted at a general 8/1 in a field of ten and Shoemark retains the ride.
The joint 7/4 favourites are the Aidan O’Brien-trained Frankel colt Diego Velazquez, who is unbeaten in two starts including a Gr 2 over a mile at Leopardstown, and the Charlie Appleby-trained Godolphin-owned Dubawi colt Ancient Wisdom, who has won three times in four starts including a Gr 3 over a mile at Newmarket last time out by 3,75 lengths.
The Kameko Futurity Trophy was established in 1961 and six winners have subsequently
achieved victory in the following year’s Derby: Reference Point (1986); High Chaparral (2001); Motivator (2004); Authorized (2006); Camelot (2011); Auguste Rodin (2022).
Three winners of the race have stood at stud in South Africa, Peter Davies (1990 winner), Medaaly (1996) and the ill-fated Kingsbarns (2012).
The 1994 winner, the Lady Herries-trained Celtic Swing, is one of the most memorable  winners of the race.
He routed them in the mud by twelve lengths and was subsequently named Cartier European Champion two-year-old colt.
His win set off unprecedented hype by a British public who at the time were desparate for a superstar. Throughout the winter Celtic Swing’s name was not far from the headlines. He was widely expected to become one of the greatest horses of all time and was unprecedentedly short odds for the 2000 Guineas and Derby.
Alas, he was narrowly beaten by Pennekamp in the 2000 Guineas. Then despite the mountain of ante-post money on him for the Derby he was diverted to run in the French Derby instead with the claim the ground at Epsom was too firm.
He won the French Derby narrowly before his next start in the Irish Derby. He ran a bitterly disappointing 8th but was found to have been injured in the running and never ran again.
Celtic Swing, who was by Damister out of a Mr Prospector mare, thus became a footnote in history despite the incredible hype that once surrounded him. Nevertheless, he was accorded a Timeform rating of 138, which puts him just two behind Vaguely Noble (1967 winner) and one behind Reference Point among the Kameko Futurity Trophy Stakes winners who are high up on the all time Timeform ratings.
If God’s Window can do it on Saturday he might become the second winner of this race to stand at Drakenstein Stud. Kingsbarns by Galileo was the first and had three crops in SA before his untimely passing. He produced two stakes winners and seven stakes-placed runners and among his stakes winners was the Gr 1-winning filly Gabor.