The Lloyd Williams owned, Joseph O’Brien trained Buckhurst is still a fair way from making the final field of the Melbourne Cup, but to-date he has shown similar traits and improvement to the likes of Cross Counter and Rekindling as he steps up in distance.
While slightly behind Rekindling (118+ and 121 Timeform ratings two runs prior to MC) and Cross Counter (119 and 124+ Timeform ratings two runs prior to MC) with Timeform ratings of 117 in his last two starts, Buckhurst
Many have been critical of his performance at Leopardstown last start in Group 3 company first time over 2400m, but I felt he saw out the 2400m as well as a horse destined for a Melbourne Cup start, if that is the true intention of the stable.
Betting Shop Stakes (G2)
2.410m / 100k EUR / for 3yo+
(3C Galileo – Love Me True , by Kingmambo )
J : Seamie Heffernan
T :Aidan Patrick O’Brien
B : Southern Bloodstock
O : Ballydoylepic.twitter.com/Cvp2WPmBSj
— 🅼🅶 (@WorldRacing_) September 14, 2019
As you can see, the horse was slightly held up rounding the turn and did itself no favours about 400m out.
Buckhurst caught the eye the start prior in the Royal Whip Stakes at The Curragh in the middle of August when beating Sir Dragonet, Guaranteed and Leo De Fury.
BUCKHURST, con la yunta de Donnacha O’Brien y su hermano, Joseph; soportó el largo avance de LEO DE FURY, ambos por cierto, hijos de AUSTRALIA, para ganar los 10F del Royal Whip Stakes G3 en Curragh. El favorito SIR DRAGONET, apenas fue 4°.
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— Luis E. Caraballo G. (@luis_ernestocg) August 16, 2019
Every quote I see surrounding this horse suggests next year, but now is the time to strike. Yes, sitting 95th in the order of entry is a hurdle, but if the horse is good enough, a win in a Geelong Cup or alike would push the horse into the race with 53.5kg and a winning chance.
Just like with the horse I profiled last week, Mount Everest, Buckhurst is a proposition that is only backable once we have determined he is on the plane heading to Australia.