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Crystal Ocean has established himself as one of the best middle-distance colts in training. And versatile, too, as he has shown high-class form between 1m2f and 1m6f. Perhaps 1m4f is his very optimum.
He began his 2018 campaign with successive wins in the Group 3 Gordon Richards Stakes (at Sandown), Group 3 Al Rayyan Stakes (Newbury) and then Group 2 Hardwicke Stakes (Royal Ascot) before more than playing his part in an epic renewal of the QIPCO-sponsored King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot.
Sent off 6-4 favourite, his backers would have been on good terms with themselves as he cruised into the lead but he was unable to repel Poet’s Word, his stablemate, in the closing stages and went down by a neck. The pair were nine lengths clear of the rest.
“It was a shame there had to be a loser,”Sir Michael Stoute observed.
Crystal Ocean had also run a racker in the 2017 William Hill St Leger. Running down towards the final furlong, the son of Sea The Stars traded odds-on in-running on Betfair but he could not stay on quite so strongly as Capri, the favourite, and went down by half a length.
“I’d prefer to have won it, but he ran a great race, we’re thrilled with him,” Stoute said. “I thought he was going to win, but we won’t run him beyond a mile and a half again. It was always a danger that he was a mile-and-a-half horse and that’s his trip.
“Jim (Crowley) gave him a lovely ride and I always felt he might win. Jim reported he was always pretty confident, but he was just outstayed.”
On his penultimate start, he won the Qatar Gordon Stakes at Goodwood in impressive style. Before that, he had been placed in the King Edward VII Stakes and Dante.
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