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Group horse in a handicap. It’s a common saying and plenty uttered it it after Lord North cruised home in the Cambridgeshire, off a mark of 98, at Newmarket in September 2019.
Fast forward to Royal Ascot in 2020 and Lord North lined up in the Group 1 Prince of Wales’s Stakes, having landed the Group 3 Betway Brigadier Gerard Stakes at Haydock Park ten days earlier.
Lord North went off at 5/1 under James Doyle but won like an odds-on shot. Held up travelling strongly, he swept through to win by almost four lengths from Addeybb.
Trainer John Gosden said: “Lord North was gelded (after 2019 spring campaign), he needed to be. He was tormenting himself. Testosterone is the most dangerous drug in the world, and he is a lovely horse to be around now.
“This boy just became aggressive at the gate and was becoming a danger to himself, let alone others.
“Lord North has a lovely character now. He has got better and better. He is very powerful and, for a gelding, he has a great body to him.”
That proved the highlight of the Dubawi gelding’s campaign, although he also ran well when third to Ghaiyyath in the Juddmonte International at York plus when fourth to Tarnawa in the Breeders’ Cup Turf.
He showed himself to be very much at home in Group 1 company, though, as he left the field for dead in the final two furlongs with an eye-catching change of gear.
LORD NORTH is shows a mighty turn of foot to land the G1 Prince Of Wales’s Stakes!pic.twitter.com/eiUK3Vz8yo
— Champions Series (@ChampionsSeries) June 17, 2020
His day in handicaps are long over. No doubt a defence of his Prince of Wales’s crown will be at the top of his agenda.
That last back-to-back winner was Muhtarram in 1994-95. He was also trained by John Gosden.