Best Solution heads Godolphin contenders in Newmarket

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Godolphin‘s Best Solution commences his European campaign in the G2 Princess of Wales’s Stakes on day one of Newmarket’s July Festival on Thursday (18:35 UAE time).

The Saeed bin Suroor-trained four-year-old returns from a break in the 12-furlong contest following several solid efforts over the same distance at Meydan, most recently when finishing fifth to stablemate Hawkbill in March.

The sire of Kodiac stormed to a five-length success in a 12-furlong handicap at the Dubai World Cup Carnival in February and scored over the same trip on his latest UK appearance in the G3 St Simon Stakes at Newbury in October.

Bin Suroor said: “We gave Best Solution a nice break after Dubai and this race looks a good starting point for his European season.

“A mile and a half suits him, although his best form has come with ease in the ground.

“He has been working well and we have been happy with his preparation. We are looking for a good run.”

Elsewhere, Loxley goes for a second straight win at Newmarket as he steps up to 13 furlongs for the opening G3 Bahrain Trophy (16:50 UAE time).

The three-year-old New Approach colt comfortably beat subsequent G1 Coral-Eclipse sixth Raymond Tusk by three lengths on his seasonal return in a 10-furlong novice race on 22 June.

Trainer Charlie Appleby said: “I was pleased with Loxley’s first run of the season and he came out of the race well.

“He won on good to firm ground that day, so similar conditions won’t be a problem, and we hope that the step up in trip this week will see further improvement.”

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Godolphin's Blue Point aiming to follow up Ascot heroics

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Godolphin‘s Blue Point, emphatic winner of the King’s Stand Stakes, heads 19 horses confirmed at the five-day stage for the Darley July Cup at Newmarket on Saturday.

The four-year-old is set to step back up six furlongs after his convincing performance over the minimum trip.

Trainer Charlie Appleby believes the Shamardal colt should be as effective at both distances.

“I’m delighted with the way he’s come out of the race and looking forward to him stepping back up to six,” Appleby told At The Races.

“He held the course record at Ascot as a three-year-old so I see no negatives about going up in trip again. Most importantly the horse has done well and we’re very pleased with the way he’s going into the race.

“When he produces his ‘A’ game hopefully he’ll be as good over five and six. What we saw in the King’s Stand, he saw it out well.

“They went a rare gallop. Battaash set a good gallop. One thing Blue Point was always going to do was he was going to hit the line strong.”

Blue Point is Godolphin’s sole representative after last year’s winner, Harry Angel, was taken out as he has not recovered from the leg injury he sustained in the stalls in the Diamond Jubilee.

Aidan O’Brien still has 10 left in the race – Intelligence Cross, Spirit Of Valor, Washington DC, Battle Of Jericho, Declarationofpeace, Fleet Review, Sioux Nation, US Navy Flag, Actress and Different League.

Australian challenger Redkirk Warrior will try to improve on his first run on these shores in the Diamond Jubilee at Royal Ascot.

Limato, winner in 2016 and second to Harry Angel 12 months ago for Henry Candy, stands his ground as he looks to drop back in trip after being well-beaten in two runs over a mile this season.

The first two home in the Commonwealth Cup, Sir Michael Stoute’s Eqtidaar and Richard Fahey’s Sands Of Mali, are set to re-oppose.

Completing the list are Wokingham runner-up Dreamfield, Brando, Sir Dancealot and Invincible Army.

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Godolphin's Derby hero Masar ruled out of Coral-Eclipse after suffering injury setback

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Godolphin trainer Charlie Appleby will wait until next week before making any plans for Masar after a late setback forced him to miss the Coral-Eclipse.

The Investec Derby hero was set to try to supplement his Epsom victory in Sandown’s 10-furlong feature, but was found to be sore following exercise on Friday and was declared a non-runner.

Speaking before racing at Sandown on Saturday, Appleby said he expects to have a better idea of how long his stable star could be out of action for in the middle of the week.

Appleby said: “He is under veterinary care now. The inflammation is coming down and we will be able to get a better diagnosis of what we are dealing with over the next few days.

“All being well, by the middle of next week we should know what we are dealing with and we can then put a timescale on everything.

“Yesterday the soreness and inflammation was there and once we made the decision he was not running, we got the anti-inflammatories in there to get the swelling down.”

He added: “At the end of the day, coming here today was the race everyone was looking forward to. You’ve the Derby form here again and it is the first time the three-year-olds are taking on the older horses.

“I’m very fortunate in who I work for (Sheikh Mohammed). You’ve got to be positive in this game and keep pushing forward.

“Until the middle of next week, I would be giving everyone false impressions if we said the King George or Arc. Until we get next week out the way and know what we are dealing with, I can then give people a race plan.

“The most important thing is the inflammation is coming down.”

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