Dream result as Cody’s Wish strikes in Forego Stakes
In a story that wouldn’t look out of place in Hollywood, Cody's Wish secured a first G1 success at Saratoga on Saturday as he beat Champion sprinter Jackie’s Warrior in the Forego Stakes.
Cody’s Wish takes his name from Cody Dorman, who was born with the rare genetic disorder Wolf-Hirschhorn Syndrome. On a tour of Godolphin’s Gainsborough Farm during Keeneland’s Make-A-Wish Day in 2018, Cody struck up a special bond with the then unnamed Curlin foal, who was subsequently named in his honour.
Now four, Cody’s Wish has developed into a top-class colt and his journey could yet scale even greater heights in the autumn, with a crack at the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile on the cards.
Caramel Swirl looks set for a busy end to her season as well after finishing second in the G1 Ballerina Handicap at Saratoga on Sunday. The Union Rags homebred was making only her second appearance of 2022 and will be hoping to win a top-level contest in the filly and mare sprint division over the coming months.
Improving four-year-old Botanik claimed his second major prize at Deauville this summer when taking the G2 Grand Prix de Deauville on Sunday. As a gelding, he cannot run in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and could instead go on his travels in search of a G1 victory.
Cascadian ran some excellent races at Deauville in his younger days, including a short-neck second in the 2018 Prix Jean Prat. The son of New Approach produced another strong effort on his seasonal return in Australia on Saturday, charging home to take third in Caulfield’s G1 Memsie Stakes.
A strong juvenile squad in the UK continues to impress, with Fairy Cross making all in Goodwood’s G3 Prestige Stakes. There was also a notable two-year-old success in Japan as Ballot Box became the first winner on the JRA circuit for her sire Talismanic.