Godolphin's Loxley steps down in trip at Deauville

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Godolphin trainer Charlie Appleby is optimistic a return to a mile and a quarter can help Loxley get back to winning ways in the Prix Nureyev at Deauville on Saturday.

Having been outstayed over one-mile-five in a Group Three at Newmarket on his last start, the son of New Approach, who will be joined in the Listed prize by stablemate Zaman, will revert to the trip at which he made a winning comeback in June.

The Newmarket handler said: “He is coming back in trip, which we think will suit him.

“Having travelled so well in the Bahrain Trophy I think he probably just got outstayed that day. Races between 10 and 12 furlongs will be his trip for the future.

“We have got a good pace angle in the race in regards to Zaman, who is a horse that likes to go forward.

“He will be there to run his own race in front but also to ensure there is a sensible gallop.

“Zaman put in a good performance of top weight at Goodwood. It was his first try over a mile and a quarter and he saw the trip out well.

“We put Loxley in the Champion Stakes as he is a horse that looks to be progressive and we felt he deserved the entry.

“He is a horse that we are trying to build confidence with.”

Clive Cox will also give Epsom winner Connect the chance to shine in the seven-runner field.

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Godolphin's Jungle Cat booked for Australian mission

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Godolphin trainer Charlie Appleby will bypass an outing in the Hungerford Stakes at Newbury on Saturday week with Jungle Cat in favour of sending him straight out to Australia.

Plans are in place to for this year’s Al Quoz Sprint winner to enter quarantine later this month with stablemates Folkswood and Blair House, before making his first start in the Group One Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes at Caulfield.

Appleby said: “He is going to head out to Australia in the first shipment of horses and will go into quarantine later this month, so he will not be going to the Hungerford Stakes.

“He was only in the Hungerford if I felt he needed a run before going to Australia. He will go for a seven-furlong race out there called the Sir Rupert Clarke.

“As he is getting older, seven furlongs is more his trip. I don’t think he would have the legs for those young Australian sprinters in the Everest. This has been the long-term plan for him.

“He is in good form and his preparation has gone well. The conditions of the race should suit him as it will be seven furlongs on quick ground.

“He is a bit of an international campaigner now – Dubai has been his big stage for the last couple of seasons and now he has booked his ticket to have a go out in Australia.”

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Godolphin trainer Saeed bin Suroor looks to Germany for Best Solution

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Godolphin trainer Saeed bin Suroor is hoping Best Solution can book his ticket to Australia by winning Sunday’s G1 Grosser Preis Von Berlin at Hoppegarten.

The four-year-old colt comes to this important target off the back of a fine win in the G2 Princess of Wales’s Stakes on Newmarket’s July Course.

The sire of Kodiac has continued to make solid progress and bin Suroor believes he may prove a suitable contender for Australia’s coveted G1 double of the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups.

“He has been working very well at home and is in good form, and I am expecting him to run well. The distance (one and a half miles) should suit him,” said the 51-year-old.

“If he can win at Hoppegarten then the option of Melbourne becomes a reality. I will talk to His Highness Sheikh Mohammed before finalising plans,”

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