The Goodwood Mirage success story shows no sign of ending.
The colt gave the Goodwood Racehorse Owners’ Group one of their most memorable spells during his two years under their stewardship, winning at Newmarket and Goodwood itself and racking up a number of other creditable performances, including a second place at Glorious Goodwood last summer.
GROG sold the horse in the autumn for 380,000 guineas - by far the best profit they had ever made on a scheme - and now he is off to a flyer on his switch to hurdles under Jonjo O’Neill’s stable.
On Saturday, champion jockey Tony McCoy produced the sort of ride only he can come up with to take him to victory in the William Hill In The App Store Juvenile Hurdle at Kempton Park.
The Green Ogre, a 33-1 outsider, looked certain to win when he landed over the final flight with a decent lead with Goodwood Mirage, the 6-4 favourite, having looked less than impressive over the last couple of obstacles.
But the four-year-old demonstrated the sort of speed that had won him plaudits - and races - on the flat under a powerful drive from the champion jockey to get up right on the post and snatch a short-head verdict.
That led to Goodwood Mirage being trimmed to 25/1 from 33/1 with BetVictor for the Triumph Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.
O’Neill was impressed and said: “The horse doesn’t know what he costs. I am hoping he’ll go on to do better things.’
GROG members will be hoping their current horses go on to be as successful as Goodwood Mirage. See the Observer and this website in the coming weeks for an update on their hopes for the 2014 flat season.