Saeed bin Suroor to take up Newmarket Challenge with Thunder Snow

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Thunder Snow could have his last run of the season in the Challenge Stakes at Newmarket on October 13 before being prepared for another winter in Dubai.

Trainer Saeed bin Suroor is eyeing the Group Two over seven furlongs for the three-year-old, who also has the option of the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot on Champions Day eight days later.

Winner of the Prix Jean Prat this summer, Thunder Snow won the UAE 2000 Guineas and Derby at Meydan earlier in the year and was third to Al Wukair in the Prix Jacques le Marois at Deauville on his latest start.

“The horse is doing well but I think more next year he is going to be a better horse physically,” Bin Suroor told At The Races.

“The target we have for him is the Challenge Stakes in October or we could take him to the QEII. That’s another option for him.

“He had an easy time after his last run. We will have one race, then give him a break before we take him back to Dubai.”

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Godolphin’s Arabian Hope and Castle Dream race in Turkey this weekend

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Godolphin is set for a huge few days of racing with strong hopes in both Turkey and Germany.

First up are two runners, both trained by Saeed bin Suroor, who are set to start at Veliefendi, Turkey, today.

Arabian Hope, partnered by Gerald Mosse for the first time, goes for the G3 Istanbul Trophy.

She showed a good level of form when taking third in the G1 Falmouth Stakes over a mile at Newmarket on July 14 and landing a listed race over the same distance at York on June 17.

Bin Suroor said: “Arabian Hope is doing well. She has run well in G1 company this season when finishing third at Newmarket. She disappointed last time at Deauville but has come off that race well and this race is right for her.

“She has been working well and I am looking forward to a good run for her.”

The four other starters in the Istanbul Trophy for fillies and mares include dual local G1 scorer Tatvan Incisi while Leshlaa runs in the Anatolia Trophy, a local G2 over 10 furlongs on Polytrack.

Tomorrow, at the same venue, three more Bin Suroor-trained charges are due to run. Dream Castle and Carry On Deryck both go for the G2 Topkapi Trophy. Dream Castle, after a slow start, stayed on to be seventh, beaten by a length-and-a-half, in the seven-furlong G2 Lennox Stakes at Goodwood, on August 1.

Carry On Deryck made his first start of 2017 when he was third by a half-length in the G3 Sovereign Stakes at Salisbury on August 17.

“Dream Castle is a tough horse and always works really nicely,” Bin Suroor said. “I was very happy with his latest piece of work on the Limekilns and the mile on turf will suit him.

“Carry On Deryck ran well on his comeback at Salisbury earlier this month. He has been in good form and he is also best suited by a mile.”

Also in action are Secret Number, who makes his first appearance of the year in the G2 International Bosphorus Cup over a mile-and-ahalf on turf, with Mosse in the saddle.

On the same day Best Solution and Prize Money contest the G1 Grosser Preis von Baden at Baden-Baden in Germany.

The Bin Suroor-trained contenders both ran in the 10-furlong G1 Grosser Dallmayr-Preis at Munich on July 30, with Best Solution second to Iquitos and Prize Money sixth.

Three-year-old colt Best Solution landed the listed Derby Trial at Lingfield Park in May and finished eighth in the G1 Derby at Epsom Downs.

Four-year-old Prize Money put up his best performance this year when winning the G2 Dubai City of Gold over a mile-and-a-half at Meydan in March.

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Natural Scenery and Winning Story lead Godolphin challenge at final day of Ebor

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The Saeed bin Suroor-trained Natural Scenery and Winning Story go to post for Europe’s richest handicap, the Ebor, staged over just short of a mile and six furlongs at York on Saturday, August 26, the fourth and final day of the Ebor Festival.

Natural Scenery made her latest appearance when a close fourth in the G3 Lillie Langtry Stakes over a mile and six furlongs at Goodwood on August 3.

The four-year-old Dubawi filly went down by a half a length when runner-up in the two-mile Northumberland Plate Handicap on Tapeta at Newcastle on July 1, having begun 2017 with two handicap victories on Tapeta at the same course.

Winning Story faded to 13th in the Queen Alexandra Stakes over an extended two miles and five furlongs at Royal Ascot on June 24.

The four-year-old son of New Approach had previously finished a close fifth in the G3 Ormonde Stakes over an extended mile and five furlongs at Chester on May 12.

He enjoyed a successful campaign on all-weather surfaces over the winter months, headed by victory in the All-Weather Marathon Championship over two miles on Polytrack at Lingfield Park in April.

Martin Lane partners Winning Story, while apprentice Edward Greatrex is up on Natural Scenery. They take on 18 opponents.

Saeed bin Suroor commented: “Winning Story is doing very well. The trip at York should be fine and I am looking forward to seeing a good run from him.

“Natural Scenery should also be suited by the distance of the race. She ran well last time at Goodwood and is in good form at home.

“The Ebor is always a tough race but I am happy with both horses.”

“The Melrose Handicap is also staged on Saturday at York and takes place over the same distance as the Ebor but is confined to three-year-olds. Godolphin is doubly represented by Bin Battutainfo-icon (Saeed bin Suroor/Martin Lane) and Secret Advisor (Charlie Appleby/James Doyle).

Dubawi colt Bin Battuta, who has yet to try the distance, comes into the race on the back of a head success in a 12-furlong handicap at Ascot on July 15.

Secret Advisor, also by Dubawi, was last seen out when fifth in a handicap over 12 furlongs at Goodwood on August 2, having previously finished third in the G2 Queen’s Vase over a mile and six furlongs at Royal Ascot on June 23.

Saeed bin Suroor said: “Bin Battuta is a nice horse and has done very well physically this year, as he showed when winning at Ascot last time.

“The Melrose looks the right race to go for and we are hoping for another good result from him.”

Charlie Appleby explained: “Secret Advisor has been consistent all year. The only disappointing race he has run was last time out at Goodwood, when the ground was soft and I think we can put a line through that.

“He seems to have come out of Goodwood fine and a repeat performance of his third in the Queen’s Vase would make him a major player.”

Two-year-old colt Sound And Silence (Charlie Appleby/James Doyle) lines up in the Listed Roses Stakes over five furlongs.

The son of Exceed And Excel was successful over the same distance in the Listed Windsor Castle Stakes at Royal Ascot on June 20, before finishing 12th in G2 July Stakes over a furlong further at Newmarket on July 13.

Charlie Appleby remarked: “We tried Sound And Silence over six furlongs in the July Stakes, but the race did not pan out for him as we would have liked.

“The drop back to five furlongs coupled with hopefully plenty of cover this time and we will see the Sound And Silence who won at Royal Ascot.”

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