I hope to recover the RFO extracts at a later date
Issue 38 May 25 2000
The 2,000 Guineas was the first time I have been able to see Giants Causeway and this class act was the paddock pick. In the race itself he was unable to hold the late burst of Kings Best but this most impressive of individuals has his best days to come and he has to be the horse to beat if he contests the Irish 2,000 Guineas at the Curragh. In any case he should stay further and will be an interesting prospect over ten furlongs
SA Issue 39
Giants Causeway was beaten on merit and the times for the races suggested that the ground was very nearly good so there were no excuses on that point. Aiden O’Brien was confident enough to relate that the horse now heads for the St James Palace stakes at Royal Ascot to take on victor Bachir and that he expects the horse to progress as the season develops.
SA Issue 46
The first edition of Paddock Adviser which appeared in Issue 38 we suggested six horses to follow and a review of the subsequent performances from the nominees has included some fine displays.
Giants Causeway was just pipped in the Irish 2,000 Guineas but went on to win the St James Palace Stakes before confirming the confidence held by Paddock Adviser that he would stay the ten furlongs trip of the Eclipse.
The Eclipse Stakes, run prior to the Saturday, saw the first crossing of swords between two of the above horses and Giants Causeway prevailed over Sakhee. Paddock inspection gave the nod to the Irish runner by a whisker and he won well. He looked his best yet and should continue to thrive.
Sportsadviser Issue 56 September 28 2000
Giants Causeway looked in tremendous condition and after being cool for most of the preliminaries started to jig jog and became warm after being mounted. He gave a typically gritty performance, losing nothing in defeat.
Having given the horse as one to follow in the inaugural column it now seems light years away as the colt has since assumed a character all of his own and a place in the folklore of the turf. Still, not a bad call.
SA Issue 147 July 11 2002
Web users on Paddock Online will remember the description of Giants Causeway before the Sussex Stakes as being ‘big and well’ and Aiden O’Brien indicate after the race that the colt had put on something in the region of 40 kilos in weight.