Ghaiyyath, Promising Run and Rastrelli will all bid for further success at Newmarket on day two of the Dubai Future Champions Festival today.
Two-year-old Ghaiyyath (Charlie Appleby/James Doyle) lines up in the mile G3 Masar Godolphin Autumn Stakes following a comprehensive maiden success over the same course and distance on September 28, when he made all to score by five lengths.
The Dubawi colt, who was third over the same trip on debut at Doncaster on September 15, takes on eight rivals including G2 Royal Lodge Stakes fourth Petrus, G3 Sol-ario Stakes third Arbalet and Naas maiden winner Flag Of Honour.
“I was pleased with Ghaiyyath’s course and distance victory and he came out of that race very well,” said Appleby. “This looks the logical next step and I am confident that he is going into the race in very good order. I am hopeful of a very bold showing.”
Promising Run (Saeed bin Suroor/Pat Cosgrave), who captured the G2 Rockfel Stakes at Newmarket in 2015, goes in the G3 Darley Club Stakes over nine furlongs.
The four-year-old Hard Spun Filly has won at G2 level earlier this year, when running on strongly to take the nine-furlong Al Rashidiya at Meydan in January, and was fourth on her return from a break in a Goodwood Listed contest over a furlong further on September 27.
She opposes 11 others headed by G2 victor Sovereign Debt, G3 scorer Fabricate, G1 Prix du Moulin de Longchamp fourth Robin Of Navan and York handicap winner Fidaawy.
“Promising Run is a nice filly, who always tries hard” said bin Suroor. “She has come on for her run at Goodwood and is ready to go. This is the right trip for her and I am looking for a better result.”
Rastrelli (Appleby/Doyle) comfortably won a mile nursery handicap at Newmarket on September 28 and the two-year-old colt steps up in class and trip for the 10-furlong Listed Godolphin Flying Start Zetland Stakes.
“Rastrelli did his best work towards the end over a mile last time and I feel that the step up to 10 furlongs is going to suit. He goes into this race in good shape,” added Appleby.
The trainer already had cause to celebrate when three-year-old colt First Nation won the Old Rowley Cup Handicap on the first day of the Festival yesterday.
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