WINNER OF THE Group 2 Dubai Gold Cup at Meydan, Group One winner Subjectivist is likely to start next in the Group 1 Gold Cup at Royal Ascot in June. Successful at the highest level in the Prix Royal Oak last autumn, the 4yo Teofilo colt, owned by Dr J Walker, is trained by Mark Johnston and laso won last year’s and Listed Glasgow Stakes.
“He had a fantastic campaign last year, we always thought of him as a genuine St Leger horse, but that was probably his most disappointing effort through the year,” said trainer Mark Johnston’s son Charlie. “We campaigned him quite aggressively last year; he ran in the Gordon, the Voltigeur, the March and then the Leger, so it was a busy summer.
“There is an element to say he’s best when fresh, but he’s also just a bigger, stronger horse this year. Last year you could struggle to keep condition on him, but this year he’s taken all the work we have thrown at him. Plan A was Saudi, and we were annoyed he didn’t get in there.
“As soon as he didn’t get in, as he was half ready in early February, Meydan was an opportunity for another big pay day and it was a fantastic performance. “We’ve given him a Yorkshire Cup entry, but one of the main attractions to Dubai was that he had no penalty for his Group One, which he would have in a Sagaro, Henry II or Yorkshire Cup.
“I think Plan A will be to go straight to Ascot, because we’ve proved we can have him in the form of his life fresh. I think the two he’ll definitely go to are Ascot and Goodwood in the summer. There’s certainly lots to look forward to.”