It is not even somewhat controversial to suggest that Somewhat is one of the most unlikely horses to have gained a top three finish in a QIPCO British Champions Series race.
Admittedly, he had decent form as a two-year-old, following a runaway debut success with decent efforts at Royal Ascot (when fourth in the Chesham Stakes), Newmarket’s July meeting (touched off in a Group 2 contest) and Newmarket’s Cambridgeshire meeting (again runner-up at Group 2 level) not to mention an easy Listed race victory at Newbury.
But he ended his juvenile career on a low note, when trounced into ninth by Kingston Hill in the Group 1 Racing Post Trophy, and his first three outings of 2014 were all disappointing, a pair of Listed race defeats being followed by a seventh of eight in the Group 3 Tercentenary Stakes at Royal Ascot.
So he only made it into the field for the Group 1 Coral Eclipse Stakes in order to act as a pacemaker for True Story, who has beaten him by 14 lengths at Newmarket three months earlier.
However, he completely outran his odds of 100-1. He set a strong gallop and, with the bulk of the field allowing him to go clear early in the home straight alongside the eventual winner and runner-up, Mukhadram and Trading Leather, he kept going wonderfully well to hold on for third, over a length in front of both Kingston Hill and True Story with five Group 1 winners further behind.
Next time he tackled a mile and a half but could only finish third again in the Group 3 Gordon Stakes at Glorious Goodwood and in the Ladbrokes St Leger he did not stay the trip, finishing 10th.