Secretariat scouting report: Goldstream
Goldstream, unbeaten in five starts in his native Italy, now seeks to make a splash internationally for new connections.
Victorious in his two starts as a juvenile, he has been even more emphatic this season for Stefano Botti. After hacking up by four lengths in a conditions race at Rome's Capannelle, Goldstream rolled by three in the Premio Botticelli:
And with a similarly dynamic move, he burst clear by the same margin in the historic Derby Italiano (G2):
Botti's website hailed Goldstream as "un super campione che ha impressionato tantissimo," and you don't need to know Italian to understand that.
It must be admitted that the international merit of the form is open to question: the runner-up, Italian 1000 Guineas (G3) heroine Sound of Freedom, was sixth as a 25-1 shot next time in the French Oaks (G1).
But Goldstream does look like the type who's better than the bare form, and worthy of more ambitious targets. Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock thought the same, since they've purchased him privately and given him a nomination to the Cox Plate (G1). His new ownership is hopeful of a good enough showing at Arlington to garner an invitation to Australia's weight-for-age championship. Interestingly, Secretariat rival Highland Reel is also engaged in the Cox Plate.
Switched from Botti to trainer Andreas Wohler, Goldstream has been limbering up in Germany for about the past two months. Recall that Wohler sent out 2001 Arlington Million (G1) winner Silvano.
By Martino Alonso (sire of Ramonti, another Italian star who proved world-class), Goldstream is out of a Darshaan mare from the extended family of Lear Fan and Alysheba.