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Desert Skyline is not the biggest, but he lacks nothing in heart or stamina.
He has run a string of fine races this year and gained reward for his consistency when coming from last to first to land the Doncaster Cup, having previously finished third behind Stradivarius and Big Orange in the Qatar Goodwood Cup.
Had Desert Skyline not been been ineligible, he might have run in the William Hill St Leger.
“Geldings are not allowed in the St Leger, so I suggested that I volunteer to do a transplant at the local veterinary practice but they wouldn’t do it, or couldn’t,” Elsworth told British Champions Series before his Doncaster Cup victory. “If you look at his form, then running in it might not have been such a ludicrous idea.
“Desert Skyline is not a great specimen – he’s a lightly framed whippet of a horse – but it’s not the size of the dog that fights, it’s the size of the fight in the dog. His physical make-up is not a concern to us.
“He’s very athletic, seems to stay very well and is certainly very consistent. We decided to supplement for £25,000 for the Goodwood Cup and, while he never looked like winning, it turned out to be one of our better ideas because he earned £56,000.
“At this time last year if you had said I was going to be running him over two and a quarter miles in the Doncaster Cup I might have said that was optimistic, but they do sometimes come out of the pack and surprise us. He’s progressed all the time.”
Desert Skyline finished third in the Longines Sagaro Stakes at Ascot on his return in 2018, before chasing home old rival Stradivarius in the BetMansions Yorkshire Cup.
Clearly, races that draw on stamina bring out the best in him. The Gold Cup at Royal Ascot is likely to be his next race.
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