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John Gosden going Global for another crack at Bahrain International Trophy

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04 October, 2020

It’s been the plan all year to go to the Bahrain International and we’ve been very happy with him

Champion trainer John Gosden will bid to go one better in the £500,000 Bahrain International Trophy next month having earmarked Global Giant for the 1m2f contest.

Last year Gosden saddled Turgenev to finish second to the French-trained Royal Julius in Bahrain and he plans to tune up Global Giant for this year’s race with a run in Saturday’s Group 3 Darley Stakes at Newmarket after a below-par effort at Haydock in August.

The five-year-old is owned by Isa Salman Al Khalifa, vice-chairman of Rashid Equestrian and Horseracing Club in Bahrain.

Gosden said: “Global Giant’s in great form. It’s been the plan all year to go to the Bahrain International and we’ve been very happy with him. 

“He got stuck in the mud last time – they overwatered and then the rain came at Haydock – so we weren't pleased. It was in the middle of a heatwave and we wound up running on sticky, soft ground, which wasn't what it was meant to have been at Haydock. It was meant to have been good to firm, so the jockey – Mr Dettori – was particularly unhappy about it.”

Entries for this year’s Bahrain International Trophy, which takes place on November 20, close at noon on Tuesday, and Gosden is keen for a good showing from Global Giant in this year’s race.

“It’s a wonderful event,” he said. “They're the most charming and hospitable people, it’s a good track and a good atmosphere, so we’re very much looking forward to it.”


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