Jungle Cat, Comicas and Baccarat provide Godolphin with strong representation in the G2 Duke Of York Stakes over six furlongs Wednesday.
All three horses are trained by Charlie Appleby and started the year brightly at Meydan, with Jungle Cat (William Buick) easily winning the six-furlong Nad Al Sheba Turf Sprint on March 4 before going on to finish fourth in the G1 Al Quoz Sprint over the same course and distance on March 25.
Comicas (James Doyle), a sixfurlong dirt handicap winner on February 11, ran a superb race on Dubai World Cup Night, coming home second in the G1 Dubai Golden Shaheen, also over six furlongs on dirt.
Baccarat (Adam Kirby) could only finish down the field in the Al Quoz Sprint, but the eight-yearold had previously taken second in the Nad Al Sheba Turf Sprint and beaten Jungle Cat into second in a handicap on turf over six furlongs on January 26.
Appleby said: “Jungle Cat had previously put together a good set of performances on quicker going and, if he can reproduce those efforts, he should be competitive on a sounder surface.”