Carry On Deryck, Very Talented and Linguistic line up in one of the UK’s most historic heritage handicaps, the Cambridgeshire, on day three of Newmarket’s Cambridgeshire meeting, Saturday, September 30.
Both Carry On Deryck and Very Talented make a second appearance in the fiercely competitive nine-furlong contest, having filled the runner-up spot and third respectively 12 months ago.
Five-year-old Carry On Deryck (Saeed bin Suroor/David Egan) drops back down to handicap company following three starts in Pattern races, including an excellent second in the G3 Darley Stakes, run over the same course and distance as the Cambridgeshire in October.
The son of Halling has top-weight of 9st 10lbs, slightly alleviated by David Egan’s 3lb claim, and is drawn six of the 35 runners.
Very Talented (Saeed bin Suroor/Pat Smullen, 8st 13lbs, drawn 12) has his first outing since last year’s Cambridgeshire and the four-year-old colt has been restricted to six starts in all, including an impressive maiden success at Doncaster in September, 2015.
Saeed bin Suroor commented: “Carry On Deryck is doing well. He was second last year and has gone on to run good races at Group level. This is the right race for him in terms of trip and course and we are looking for another good result from him.
“Very Talented physically looks much better compared to last year. This will be his first start for a year but he has been working well and is ready to go.”
Four-year-old Linguistic (John Gosden/James Doyle, 9st 3lbs, drawn five), a valuable sales race winner at Newmarket in April, 2016, also returns from a break having gone down by a neck in the Listed Magnolia Stakes over 10 furlongs on Polytrack at Kempton Park in March.
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.”
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.