Subjectivist nations Royal Oak


The win was the return leg of a Group 1 doubles for the Middleham yard following the success of Gear Up at the Criterium de Saint-Cloud 24 hours earlier.

Seventh at the St. Leger in Doncaster on his previous start, Subjectivist showed it was his game to stay as he made the nearly two-mile race in the hands of Joe Fanning.

Teofilo's son had to dig deep to keep his rivals at bay and it didn't help him to hang to the left in the straight, which later revealed a front shoe had come loose. It couldn't stop him, however, as he continued to beat Valia two lengths.

Holdthasigreen, the 2018 winner, took third place, which he also finished last year, while Tony Mullins & # 39; Irish raider Princess Zoe finished fourth and never really looked like she was going to win the Prix du Cadran three weeks ago to repeat.

"It was absolutely brilliant and I am overjoyed for everyone involved," said Charlie Johnston, his father's assistant.

"Plan A had been to go to Ascot to get the Champions Stayers (Long Distance Cup) but when we saw Stradivarius and a few others we thought we were going to divert to France – the added bonus is that there is one Group One is Us I had a feeling it was going to be a weaker race and it turned out to be the right decision.

"The boy who led him up said he was pretty fresh in the paddock and Joe said he was pretty keen on the way to the start. I think he benefited from being a little fresher.

"A longer break was good for the horse and the ground is also very positive for him and a real endurance test over this trip also helped."

He added: "As of the middle of this year, we thought he was going to be a Cup horse next year and hopefully we could have his big brother Sir Ron Priestley back who is aiming for the same races. That would be a nice problem not to forget Nayef Road. "

The subjectivist was quoted 20: 1 for the Ascot Gold Cup with Paddy Power.

Johnston pointed to the derby at Epsom as Gear Up's main target in 2021.

"This was kind of a diversion. After he won the Acomb, the plan was probably to go with the Royal Lodge and then the Vertem Futurity.

"Even though we thought we had a real excuse at the Royal Lodge, the way the race was driven and it wasn't a real endurance test slightly affected our confidence."

"As a result, we thought we'd go for the Criterium de Saint-Cloud which was guaranteed to be more of an endurance test and a slightly weaker race than Doncaster, even though Wembley (second from Dewhurst) was withdrawn (to Doncaster) I thought we should maybe I'd rather be there than in Paris, but luckily everything worked out great.

"Gear Up was one of six yearlings we bought for the Teme Valley Syndicate who wanted to buy a horse to win the Derby. We now have a two year old who won Group 1 and it looks like the derby will be his main target for the first half of the year.

"If you've won Group One Two in any number of ways, there are few options in the first half of the year.

"There will be a lot of water under the bridge by then but the obvious plan for him next year would be the Dante, then the Derby."


Steven Gregory