Golden Horde hoping to add to Cox tally
Clive Cox is renowned for his prowess with sprinters and Golden Horde bids to give the Lambourn trainer a sprint double with success in the Group 1 Darley July Cup on Saturday.
The son of Lethal Force, who was also trained by Cox to win at the top level, has thrived in recent years, having won the Richmond Stakes at two before finishing second in the Prix Morny and Middle Park Stakes to the unbeaten Earthlight.
The chestnut then produced a career-best when slamming his rivals in the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot last month and, according to Cox, his progress may not end there.
Cox, who trained the Godolphin-owned Harry Angel to win the Newmarket contest three years ago, said: "I think Golden Horde has shown far more gentle progression and has really built into his frame over the winter.
"He's just unbelievably strong and looks older than a three-year-old. He has a wonderful frame."
He added of the AlMohamediya Racing-owned colt: "Golden Horde has a very sharp mind and he's a little more sober than Harry on a containment point of view.
"Harry would love to hit the ground running but Golden Horde is just a little bit more gathered."
Among Golden Horde's 12 rivals this weekend is the Diamond Jubilee scorer Hello Youmzain, another bidding for a big-race sprint double, while King's Stand second Equilateral and the progressive Khaadem represent Charlie Hills.
Last year's Windsor Castle Stakes winner Southern Hills is the sole representative for five-time winner Aidan O'Brien and Ryan Moore.
Golden Horde is 3.00 to win the Darley July Cup.
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