Goldikova Increases Group One Wins to Ten

Putting her up there among the greats, Goldikova, for the third year in a row, ran to victory in the Prix Rothschild at Deauville, which increased her Group One wins up to ten.

Goldikova

Goldikova

With the guidance of Olivier Peslier and in the front of the field from a furlong and a half out, the Freddie Head mare crushed all challengers as she won with wonderful dash, from Music Show.

About two furlongs out Peslier urged Goldikova forward and the event was more or less already won, with Mick Channon's charge Music Show challenging hard, but not getting anywhere near enough to worry the winning mare.

Mark Johnston's Rainfall with Kieren Fallon on board, the other British horse in the event, was a brief possibility but could not keep up the pace in the last furlong, waning out of the placings to pass the post fifth, with Elusive Wave in third over the line.

The triumph means Goldikova will now join Miesque as the only two horses to have won ten Group One events since the beginning in 1970.

Racing manager to owners the Wertheimer Brothers, Pierre-Yves Bureau, said, "Goldikova is a wonderful mare. She's incredible and today she did not have too hard a race.

"There is the Prix Jacques le Marois in two weeks' time and hopefully she will go for that.

"We'll see what she is like tomorrow, but it did not look like the race was too hard.

"Music Show was the main contender and she finished a good second.

"Last year she had a disappointing comeback in the Prix d'Ispahan, probably because of the very heavy rain just before the race.

"This year we are very proud she won at Ascot (in the Queen Anne Stakes) and what is great is that everything is going to plan so far with what was scheduled for her during the winter.

"There is a lot of credit to give to Freddie for keeping this fantastic filly at this level for so long. It's very important."

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