With the news that Zafisio is going hurdling, I wonder if anyone can recall another Group 1 winner (in his case the Gran Criterium) going hurdling ?
Sadly he hasnt progressed though as he has only beaten 2 horses home in total in 4 races since, and one of them was a pacemaker.
If Cash Asmussen hadn’t knocked Tony Clark off his mount through impatience, he could have come wide and still won by daylight, but it was a horrendous and dangerous move and he should have been banned for longer.
The trouble is that the pattern has changed over the years. The Flying Childers was a group one, the National Stakes at Sandown was a championship race, while the Lockinge, Prince of Wales and Queen Anne have all been elevated to group one status relatively recently.
Lookout (Kentucky Derby-died in a steeplechase fall)
Damask (Louisiana Derby, Aqueduct Handicap, 2nd to Man O’War in the Jockey Club Gold Cup)
Sailor Beware (Junior Champion Stakes, defeating Triple Crown winner Omaha)
Azucar (Santa Anita Handicap-after his jumps career)
Predominio (Gran Premio Cruzeiro do Sol)
Bisbalense (Premio Nacional Ricardo Lyon)
Pompeyo (El Ensayo)
Mistico (Polla de Potrillos)
Uptown Swell (Bowling Green Handicap)
Also, Steppenwolfer (3rd in the Kentucky Derby) and Mackey Dwyer (2nd in the Preakness Stakes) became hurdlers later.