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Circus Maximus has proved to be a reliable stable-star for trainer Aidan O’Brien. He has shown the fight typical of any Galileo colt in many of his races.
His first major victory came as a three-year-old in the Dee Stakes at Chester, often used as a trial for the Derby. The quirky course seemed to suit him well and he ran out a ready winner to secure his first piece of black-type.
The Derby was next on the agenda where he was partnered by one of the best in the game, Frankie Dettori. Whilst not coming out on top he was handy throughout the race and only faded late on to finish a very close up sixth.
That performance left him somewhat under-the-radar in his next start, coming back in trip for the St James’s Palace at Royal Ascot. However the drop back seemed to be right up his street and he ran out a ready winner, beating the fast-finishing King of Comedy and the well-backed Too Darn Hot for his first Series win.
In his next start, the latter-mentioned Too Darn Hot managed to reverse the tables on him in the Qatar Sussex Stakes at the Qatar Goodwood Festival. Circus Maximus did lead the race briefly but it never looked in doubt once Too Darn Hot got on top and he finished a comendable second. A step back up in trip for the Juddmonte International next time out at York didn’t pay off.
Circus Maximus was given the nod to carry on a a four-year-old and got the 2020 season off to a flying start winning the Queen Anne Stakes back at the scene of his first Series win – Royal Ascot.