Union Rags again: Unlucky or does he have curse of Gorytus?

4 thoughts on “Union Rags again: Unlucky or does he have curse of Gorytus?”

  1. Anyone who was around the stable of Major (later Sir RIchard) Dick Hern at the time would recall that Gorytus worked like an absolute world-beater. The general assumption at the time was that he had been “got at” before the Dewhurst, and there was a story about him passing an enormous motion before the race. Given his subsequent efforts (or lack or effort) it was probably the first manifestation of his lack of enthusiasm.

  2. Yes, though Hern was convinced he’d been doped to the day he died, the colt’s groom and exercise rider and others have since said no one got to him. And indeed, his lackluster racing thereafter seems to prove, as you note and others have as well, that he didn’t really enjoy racing and would find ways to lose. He’d made what looked a winning move in the Guineas, too. Just as he did the day Tony saw him.

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