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Crystal Ocean is officially the highest-rated horse in the world. And he’s versatile, too, having shown high-class form between 1m2f and 1m6f.
The year, at the of five, he has looked at the peak of his powers this season.
He gained a deserved first Group 1 triumph when landing the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot before being two narrow defeats in memorable contests.
Enable beat him by a neck in an epic King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Qipco Stakes at Ascot and then Japan thwarted him by a head in the Juddmonte International Stakes at York.
Always going well under Frankie Dettori in the prince of Wales’s, he kept on stoutly to beat by one and a quarter lengths, with Waldgeist another three and a quarter lengths adrift in third.
He’s finally got his Group 1!!
CRYSTAL OCEAN and pilot Frankie Dettori stick their necks out in the driving rain to win the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes!
— Champions Series (@ChampionsSeries) June 19, 2019
Jockey James Doyle said: “I’ve never experienced finishing second in a race and getting as loud a cheer as the winner. They really do love him and he wears his heart on his sleeve. What a run. It was a great race, it was unbelievable.
“She joined me and it felt like I headed her back – well I thought I did – and I thought we could be in business, but she just digs into the reserves and away she goes.
“Credit to my fellow, he left every inch of his heart out on the track there.”
He did similar at York 25 days later, giving his all but finding the two-years-younger Japan a bit too strong in a driving finish.
Crystal Ocean had begun this year in great style, gaining repeat wins in the Gordon Richards Stakes and Al Rayyan Stakes.
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,” Stoute observed.
Crystal Ocean had also run a cracker 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.”
Crystal Ocean chased home the outstanding Enable in the Group 3 September Stakes at Kempton on his penultimate start in 2018. He was beaten three and a half lengths but was conceding 8lb to her.
On his final start last year he again had to settle for second, being beaten six lengths by Cracksman in the QIPCO Champion Stakes.
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