Goldikova dominates Prix Rothschild at Deauville

Goldikova made history with the 14th Group 1 victory of her all-conquering career at Deauville on Sunday.

Sent off a long odds-on favourite, the Anabaa mare won the Prix Rothschild for an unprecedented fourth consecutive year, becoming the first in France to accomplish that feat since the European Pattern system was introduced in 1971.

Goldikova tracked Flash Dance until Olivier Peslier asked for an effort.  The response was immediate as Goldikova accelerated to a two-length lead under a hands and heels ride.  The mare was eased up in the final stages which allowed Sahpresa to get within a neck at the finish.

“She’s in a class of her own,” trainer Freddie Head said.  “She is a six year-old and understands that when she has the advantage, it’s over.”

Head indicated that Goldikova’s next start would probably come in the G1 Prix Jacques Le Marois on August 15.  If the ground comes up heavy she will be pointed toward the G1 Prix du Moulin at Longchamp on September 11.

Goldikova was bred in Ireland by Alain and Gerard Wertheimer.  She is by the deceased French stallion Anabaa and hails from the immediate female family of French champion Gold River.