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Category: Horses in training (Flat)
Sire: STREET CRY (IRE)
Dam: RAW SILK (USA)
Dam Sire: MALIBU MOON (USA)
Filament of Gold is a five-time winner with four of those wins coming on the AW and his most recent success on the turf at Bath (16th June '18). He has reached the frame on well over a third of his starts on artificial surfaces.
Initially trained by Mark Johnston, Filament of Gold is a beautifully bred product of the Darley breeding operation. His dam Raw Silk was a Grade-2 scorer in America and she has produced multiple winners.
He is by the Dubai World Cup winner Street Cry, who although turf bred was an outstanding dirt performer. His legacy as a stallion continues to grow long after his untimely death. Australian superstar Winx is amongst his best progeny, as is the Breeders Cup Classic winning mare Zenyatta and Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense.
Such breeding probably explains why Filament of Gold has excelled on the AW.
He displayed promise as a two-year-old, before getting off the mark on his three-year-old debut in 2014. He took a handicap from a mark of 67 and added another handicap victory when stepped up to 12-furlongs later in the year, and his official rating rose to 79.
After his second victory he was transferred to the care of trainer Roy Brotherton and tried his luck over hurdles twice in 2015. Although this didn't appear to suit him at the time, it wasn't long before he was running with credit again on the AW. He won over an extended mile at Wolverhampton in June 2016, then again in May of last year at the same venue, upped to a mile-and-a-half. His most recent success came over the same distance at Bath on firm ground, a course he finished a close second at last year, advertising his versatility.
He is effective from a mile to a mile-and-a-half and has placed or won at Kempton, Lingfield and Wolverhampton on the AW. He has won from a mark as high as 72, yet currently finds himself advantageously perched on 51, suggesting he could be back in the Winners' Enclosure again very soon!