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Jack Hobbs looked like being one of the stars of the 2017 QIPCO British Champion Series after an emphatic win on his return in the Longines Dubai Sheema Classic at Meydan.
Of course, we have been here before with the imposing Godolphin-owned colt and some of the gloss was knocked off with a subsequent below-par run in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot attributed to the fast ground. And there were no immediate excuses offered when he stopped quickly and trailed home well beaten in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot.
He was expected to be one of the stars of 2016 but spent much it on the sidelines after pulling up and being dismounted a furlong from home on his return in the Jockey Club Stakes at Newmarket – the first day of the Series.
He was found to have a pelvic injury but returned on the last day of the Series, on QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot, to finish a fine third behind Almanzor and Found in the QIPCO Champion Stakes.
John Gosden, his trainer, said: “It’s lovely to have him back. He wants a mile and a half, as you all noticed, and he plays about a bit – he’s still a bit of a kid.
“I’m thrilled – he’s finished behind the best three-year-old colt in Europe and the Arc winner. He’s run a great race. The mile and a half Dubai Sheema Classic [at the 2017 Dubai World Cup meeting] is our plan.”
So don’t say you were not warned well in advance!
Before his setback, Jack Hobbs had been hard to fault. An impressive three-length maiden winner on his debut, he then romped home in a Sandown handicap, winning by 12 lengths.
That marked him down as a pattern performer and he contested the Group two Betfred Dante Stakes at York on his next start, finding only superstar stablemate Golden Horn too good.
It was an effort that didn’t go unnoticed by some of the richest owners in the sport, Godolphin, who made the decision to purchase a large stake in the horse before confirming he would try to turn the tables on the winner in the Derby.
Again, Jack Hobbs ran a superb race in Epsom’s showpiece event, but he again had to play second fiddle to Golden Horn, who stormed past in the final furlong.
Jack Hobbs gained handsome compensation when thumping his rivals in the Irish Derby at the Curragh before returning from a break with victory in the Listed September Stakes at Kempton.
Having missed the Arc, he was sent off the evens favourite for the QIPCO Champions Stakes at Ascot on Champions Day but, having been up with the pace for much of the way from a wide draw, he faded to finish third.
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