While the Triple Crown undeniably remains the campaign focus of any good three-year-old in the United States and is still an attainable goal as shown by American Pharoah last year, the same cannot be said any longer
of its British equivalent. Whereas the Preakness is the automatic next stop for a horse that wins the Kentucky Derby, the Derby is seldom nowadays the next
target for the winner of the 2000 Guineas. It might have been in days gone by when the international and domestic calendar wasn’t as well endowed with
alternative targets and lines of campaign as it is now, but since the turn of the century only five of the horses that won the Guineas and ran again as
three-year-olds went on to run at Epsom, with only Sea the Stars
in 2009 and Camelot (the last horse to attempt to win the Triple Crown)
in 2012 among that small number winning. Viewed in this context it shouldn’t have come as a surprise, therefore, that the latest 2000 Guineas winner Galileo Gold will like the majority of recent winners have his
next race at a mile, though the reasons given for it are a little unusual.