Godolphin crowned 2015 British Flat champion for 10th time

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Godolphin claiming owner's championship.

Godolphin have collected the ultimate owners' accolade by winning the championship for the 2015 British Flat season. It is the 10th time that Godolphin have picked up the title.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed's stable accumulated most prizemoney in the racing year just ended, achieving a level of consistency across a range of classes and categories and a variety of tracks.

The famous royal blue colours were regularly seen in the winner's enclosure during the early months on all-weather tracks, but the impressive strike rate continued on Turf for the remainder of the year.

Godolphin won 160 races in Britain in 2015 for prizemoney totalling £3,909,023….an impressive feat by any standards.

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John Ferguson, Bloodstock Adviser to His Highness Sheikh Mohammed, spoke of an incredible team effort being responsible for the success.

"Winning the owners' championship means a huge amount for Godolphin," Ferguson said. "A huge amount of time and effort have gone into making this operation a success.

"It is no more than Sheikh Mohammed deserves. He is a man who has put an incredible amount into horse racing, so to have got a team of horses together and be champion owner is massively important.

"We have runners all around the world, not only in the UK, but in Dubai, Europe, Australia and the United States. We are a worldwide operation. It is a great team, both human and equine, and I am very proud to be a part of it," Ferguson said.

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Roger Varian looking forward to 2016 campaign with Intilaaq

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Eager to compete: Intilaaq (r).

Intilaaq will be put away for the season after being taken out of the Qipco Champion Stakes at Ascot on Saturday at the confirmation stage.

Connections of the Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum-owned colt took the decision after not being fully satisfied with the three-year-old's racecourse gallop at Newmarket at the weekend.

However, trainer Roger Varian remains convinced Intilaaq is a Group One horse in waiting, having won the Group Three Rose of Lancaster Stakes on his final start at Haydock in August in the style of a potentially top-class performer.

"We gave him a racecourse gallop at Newmarket on Saturday and he didn't gallop badly by any stretch of the imagination, but he didn't quite fire in his work like he has been doing and like we know he can do when he's 100 per cent," said Varian.

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"We're pretty sure he's a Group One horse, but to run in these Group One races you've got to be 100 per cent.

"Paul (Hanagan) rode him in his work and when he got off he said he'd felt this horse better.

"It's been a long year. He's not run many times, but he's had a stop-start year and has shown masses of potential.

"He's a lovely horse and we don't need to run him if he's not quite cherry ripe. That's what we collectively felt, so he'll be finished for the year now and we're very much looking forward to the bigger races with him next year.

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Emotionless found to have injury after Newmarket disappointment

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Air Force Blue (r) comfortably won the Dubai Dewhurst Stakes.

Emotionless was found to be suffering with a knee injury after his disappointing run in the Dubai Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket.

Godolphin's big hope was the chief market rival to eventual winner Air Force Blue but crossed the line in last place having been eased down by William Buick.

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Subsequent X-rays revealed a chip in his left fore knee, but trainer Charlie Appleby is confident Emotionless will make a "full recovery".

"Following his disappointing run in the Dewhurst Stakes yesterday, Emotionless was found to be lame this morning in his box. He was immediately X-rayed and a chip was identified in his left fore knee," Appleby told www.godolphin.com

"I understand that its removal will not be a complicated procedure and we expect him to make a full recovery.

"We will be looking towards the trials in the spring, all being well."

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