HAVING SWERVED the Breeders’ Cup meeting in favour of Saturday’s Grade 1 Clark Stakes, Godolphin’s Maxfield will make his final racecourse appearance in the 1800m highlight of the Churchill Downs Fall Meet which carries a $750,000 purse. Drawn widest of the eight runners, the 4yo homebred Street Sense colt has always been considered a serious talent by trainer Brendan Walsh but his career has been far from straightforward.

He won the Grade 1 Breeders’ Futurity as a 2yo and was, initially, on target for the Covid-delayed 2020 Kentucky Derby following a victory in the Grade 3 Matt Winn Stakes but was ruled out by a minor injury. Maxfield’s 2021 campaign includes two victories at Churchill Downs in a pair of Grade Two contests, the Alysheba and Stephen Foster Stakes.

He then finished second to eventual Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Classic hero Knicks Go in the $1 million Grade 1 Whitney Stakes and filled the same berth behind Art Collector in the Grade 1 Woodward Stakes. A winner seven times from ten starts, he has career earnings of $1,550,902 and will be partnered by regular rider Jose Ortiz in Saturday’s swansong.