Godolphin’s Colour Vision sprang towards the top of the staying tree, with a tremendous victory at Kempton, recently, in the Group 3 Sagaro Stakes.
The son of Rainbow Quest could develop into a top stayer, this term, and prove a danger to the likes of defending champion, Fame And Glory, in the Ascot Gold Cup at Royal Ascot in June, writes Elliot Slater.
Racing on an all-weather surface for the first time in his career, as a result of the race having been rerouted to Kempton from its original home of Ascot, following the waterlogging and subsequent abandonment of racing at the Berkshire venue, Frankie Dettori’s mount was patiently ridden in the two-mile contest.
He then emerged as a massive danger, when scything through the field at the two furlong from home marker.
Soon mastering the well backed Thimaar, the four-year-old then had to dig deep to fend off the Melbourne Cup runner-up, Red Cadeaux, but proved more than up to the task, as he powered away inside the final furlong to score by a length-and-a-half in a new course record time.
Winning trainer, Saeed bin Suroor, had reportedly been concerned that Colour Vision might still need the run, so there seems every chance that there is further improvement to come from the horse.
He ran well, when a close third in last season’s Cesarewitch Handicap, before finishing a fine third to Fame And Glory in the Group 3 Qipco British Champions Long Distance Cup at Ascot, in October.
Previously a 20/1 shot in the ante-post lists for the Gold Cup, the Kempton winner is now a top-priced 8/1 shot for the blue riband staying contest, and might have one more outing prior to the big day, on June 21.