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Sired by a Derby winner (Galileo) out of an Oaks winner (Light Shift), there cannot be many better bred horses in training than Ulysses.
He is bred to be a star over middle distances and, while equine genetics do not always work out, Ulysses has certainly done his bit to keep up family tradition, even though he himself could finish only 12th when contesting the Derby last year.
Subsequently, he was an impressive winner of the Group 3 Beringice Gordon Stakes at Goodwood and, as a four-year-old he has flourished.
He won the Group 3 bet365 Gordon Richards Stakes in fluent style at Sandown on his return and has since gained two Group 1 triumphs – when pipping Barney Roy by a nose in a gripping Coral-Eclipse at Sandown, and when confirming that form in style in the Juddmonte International at York.
In additron, he was third in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes and runner-up in the QIPCO-sponsored King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes.
Those exploits, coupled with his pedigree, ensure he will be a popular stallion when the time comes.
“I am delighted with him,” trainer Sir Michael Stoute said after his win in the Eclipse. “We like him on better ground, but we were beaten by a very good filly. He is very versatile, really. He gets a mile and a half no problem and we have to be very pleased.
“We will have to do a bit of thinking now. We can do 10 [furlongs], we can do 12 and we don’t have to worry about soft ground, although he will be better on a faster surface.”
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