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 last year 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 three-year-old novice at Newmarket, in which the first-two home, Wadilsafa and Herculean, might well be very smart. He 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 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 will have to ply his trade in similar company from now on. He didn't stay in the Bahrain Trophy and then ran a terrific race when third in a valuable mile and a quarter handicap at Glorious Goodwood. 

That has encouraged us to take a chance in the Gr.3 Winter Hill Stakes at Windsor. There is no doubt that Global Giant has to improve significantly to win, but on his Royal Ascot and Glorious Goodwood efforts he deserves to take his chance. We hope he can improve enough to take a hand in the finish, but one way or another we will learn something about the horse as he is taking on some decent and seasoned older Stakes performers. 

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  • 6th December 2017