In training

Global Giant

Bay Colt
DOB: 11 Apr 2015
Shamardal x Aniseed (Anna Karenina)
Owner: Dr Johnny Hon

This colt is a son of the high class stallion Shamardal. His progeny make two-year-olds as well as having the ability to progress with age. The dam Aniseed was twice placed at Listed level and is a half-sister to the Listed winner Anna's Rock, whilst another half-sister Sugar Mint was also placed at Listed level.

The family is one of rare quality, as the second dam Albertine was Gr.2-placed before producing 10 winners including the Gr.1 Breeders' Cup Classic winner Arcangues. Her further descendants include the Gr.1 1,000 Guineas heroine Cape Verdi and the multiple Gr.1 winner Aquarelliste

Global Giant ran well at Newmarket when third on his debut in 2017 and followed that promising effort up with a win at Newmarket's July meeting. The runner-up Tribal Quest has won twice already in 2018 and progressed to a rating of 94.

Global Giant returned to action with a fair effort in a very warm three-year-old novice at Newmarket, and then finished a close-up fifth in a similar event at Doncaster - form which gave him something to build on.

After those initially promising efforts, Global Giant was set a daunting task in the Gr.3 Hampton Court Stakes at Royal Ascot. The race featured several runners boasting bits of high-class form from earlier in the season, including runners from the French Derby. Although no match for eventual winner Hunting Horn, Global Giant ran a huge race to finish fifth, despite encountering a troubled pasasage in the straight. He demonstrated his quality at Ascot and as a result would have to ply his trade in similar company from now on. He didn't stay in the Bahrain Trophy afterwards, and then ran a terrific race when third in a valuable mile and a quarter handicap at Glorious Goodwood. 

That encouraged us to take a chance in the Gr.3 Winter Hill Stakes at Windsor over a mile and a quarter. He had to improve considerably to be involved, but a handy three-year-old allowance potentially brought him into the reckoning. In the end he ran above himself, travelling like the winner, and just being worried out of it late on by the Queen's horse Fabricate. Another excellent Gr.3 second followed next time out in the Diamond Stakes at Dundalk in Ireland, where he ironically finished second to Motasaadir - trained next door to us in Newmarket by Hugo Palmer!

The Boss decided to give the go ahead to one final run of the season, in the Listed Carlingford Stakes, back over the same course and distance as the Diamond Stakes just a couple of weeks previously. Global Giant appeared to have the Aidan O'Brien trained Curly to beat, though in the race the filly did not put her best foot forward. Global Giant slightly missed the break, but was quickly back on an even keel and cruised around the County Louth track for a facile success. It was no more than the horse deserved, just reward for an excellent campaign. We hope there will be more to come in 2019!

Link to form and entries  (courtesy of the Racing Post; opens in a new window)

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  • 6th December 2017