“A svelte chestnut and a golden filly with the right names.”
As owners, breeders and trainers know all too well, there are a vast array of factors which can put an end to the most promising of careers. One simple, yet highly effective method, seems to be the choice of a name. Whatever aspirations of grandeur one proud colt by Tumblewind may have had, were summarily crushed as soon as he got the moniker, “Hellcatmudwrestler”. Over-expectancy meets the same fate. “The Fastest” failed to reach a place in six outings in Argentina, while “Pure Speed” was beaten by a total of 138 lengths in her three lifetime starts. Thus it was with some daring that two of the present crop of European three-year-olds were christened Talent and Ruler Of The World.
Given the eccentricities of Epsom’s camber, it’s not always the case that talent triumphs in the Oaks. This year however, the triumph was emphatic. Travelling supremely well under Richard Hughes, the golden daughter of New Approach quickened in the style of a top class filly, once a gap finally appeared, and claimed the crown of Classic heroine in a matter of strides.
With Talent safely ensconced on her throne, it was widely anticipated that New Approach would complete a swift Classic double in the following day’s Derby. After all, his son Dawn Approach was unbeaten and scarcely tested in seven outings, having pulverized his opposition in the Dewhurst Stakes (Gr.1) and the 2000 Guineas (Gr.1,) and in the preliminaries exemplified the laid back constitution of a Frank Bruno. But as Dawn Approach showed a fighting spirit not to his rivals but to his pilot, Ruler Of The World settled into a smooth rhythm for Ryan Moore, before quickening into immortality at the furlong pole. For once, we have a svelte chestnut and a golden filly with the right names.