Thursday 23 May 2024

Frankel Offspring 2024: Age Of Gold Impressive at Great Yarmouth

A lovely day at Great Yarmouth racecourse is always what the doctor ordered. And it's always the more thrilling to see a potential star racehorse in the shape of Age Of Gold. This son of Frankel out of Promised Money made a sparkling debut at the seaside racecourse. Charlie Appleby must have been very pleased with this 'impressive' victory especially after a tardy start but truly outstanding finish. 

The 11/10f, ridden by William Buick, was something of a talking horse on course due to his 625,000 Euro yearling price tag. However, the nature of his success could see this well-made colt heading to Royal Ascot to compete in the Coventry Stakes (Group 2). He ran out a tidy winner from James Fanshaw's Back In Black who was some one-and-quarter lengths behind. The race may not have been the best but there was a lot to like about this performance. Watching the horses walk around the paddock, he showed signed of inexperience calling to other horse but behaved well and cruised to the start in a clam and professional manner. The Godolphin two-year-olds have been flying this last week or two and no doubt Royal Ascot is the word. 

The only worry for backers was seeing the colt get a tardy star which saw his in-running odds drift to 3/1. However, within a furlong or two he was short odds on when cruising to the lead and had the race won in stylish fashion. 

It was an impressive performance.

It was a good day had by all with myself, brother, Tony and professional gambler, Jerry Banks enjoying the racing. I had a look at for the best odds rather than use the independent bookmakers on course. It turned out to be a day of near misses with Jerry's first-race selection Beggerman losing out in a photo finish (luckily he had bet each-way) while he had a couple of seconds including course specialist Priscilla's Wish, trained by Philip McBride. 

Tony had a bet on the second in the other two-year-old race won well by Roger Varian's Spherical in the ownership of Cheveley Park Stud. 

Age Of Gold was the highlight on the day and I was pleased to get a couple of photographs. The first in the paddock and the second in the bar under the grandstand watching the replay on TV. I couldn't help but smile to see something beat Age Of Gold. Take a look at the photograph to see for yourself.  

Photos: JC 2024