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Six-year-olds enjoyed a lucrative time in 2020 with Enable, Addeybb, Stradivarius and Glen Shiel all landing Group 1 prizes.
Century Dream did his bit for the age group, too, by scooping pattern races at Newbury and Goodwood. He lined up in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes with an official rating of 117 – as high as he has ever been rated.
He failed to make an impact in the mile feature but did in 2018 when finishing a close third to Roaring Lion.
Newmarket-based trainer Simon Crisford said: “I thought at the furlong pole we were going to win – my heart was beating like you can’t imagine. I’m delighted with him; he’s continued to improve. We freshened him up after the Arlington Million [in which he finished fourth in August], hoping that this race would cut up and that it would be desperate ground. It didn’t cut up, but he has run with great, great aplomb.
“I think we will prepare him for the Duty Free in Dubai [next March at the Dubai World Cup meeting] – I think a mile and one [furlong] round Meydan would suit him very well. He’s getting better as he gets older; he’s just such a super horse and a great flag-bearer for the stable.”
Jockey William Buick said: “That was a great run; he travelled beautifully and quickened up really well.” Century Dream had finished fourth in his previous three starts – in the Arlington Million, Summer Mile and Queen Anne Stakes.
In total he has won nine of his 28 races. He seems tremendously versatile regards the ground, although he does seem particularly effective when there is some give in the ground.