Fame And Glory has already lived up to his name with some high class performances at middle distances over the last few seasons but seems to have once and for all found his niche after slaughtering the opposition in Yeats-like fashion to land the marathon Ascot Gold Cup, easily beating Opinion Poll and French stayer Brigantin, writes Elliot Slater.
Aidan O’Brien produced Yeats to win the Gold Cup four times in succession after that horse had proved high class over twelve furlongs, he won the Group 1 Coronation Cup amongst a number of top grade successes.
He has also followed an almost identical path with Fame And Glory, second to the mighty Sea The Stars in the 2009 Epsom Derby and a fine winner of the Irish equivalent a few weeks later those looking at the horseracing odds should bear this in mind.
Like Yeats, Fame And Glory won the Coronation Cup at Epsom as a four-year-old, and now, after sauntering to victory in the Ascot Gold Cup, there is a real possibility that the son of Montjeu could go very close to running up a similar sequence of top level staying successes over the next few years.
O’Brien however still believes that Fame And Glory has enough of an engine to be competitive in the best middle distances races and made it clear that he will train Thursday’s winner with a crack at the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp in October very much at the forefront of his mind. A mid-summer break is on the agenda before returning in September for one of the ‘Arc’ trials and all those in horse racing will be keeping a close eye on him.
Bookmakers make Fame And Glory a 16/1 chance in the ante-post market for the great race in Paris for which last year’s winner Workforce and recent Investec Derby hero Pour Moi are currently 9/2 joint favourites.