Ulysses may have just six starts under his belt, but his connections have always held him in high regard. The Irish-bred son of Galileo had just one start at two, and notched his first win in a maiden event in May of this year.
He made a huge jump in class from maiden ranks to the Grade 1 Investec Derby at Epsom in June, where he ran 12th. But it didn’t take him long to earn a graded score — he won his next outing, the G3 Beringice Gordon Stakes at Goodwood in July.
"He got murdered in the Derby,” said his trainer Sir Michael Stoute. "He was badly interfered with twice at Epsom so it turned in to a non-event, really. I'm very pleased as we thought this horse had a lot of potential. We just backed off him after Epsom and brought him along slowly.”
Ulysses validated his connections' faith with a second in the Winter Hill Stakes in August, going neck and neck with Chain of Daisies down the stretch to just lose on a head bob. He has been rested since and pointed to his biggest race to date in the Longines Breeders' Cup Turf.