Leading Godolphin trainer Saeed bin Suroor has revealed that Thunder Snow, the impressive winner of the Dubai World Cup at Meydan at the end of March, could make his European return in the G1 Prix Jacques le Marois at Deauville, France on August 12.
“We are planning to take Thunder Snow to the G1 Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park (New York) on September 29, ” he said, “but we want to give him a race in Europe first.
“That could be the Prix Jacques le Marois.”
Concern had been growing around the four-year-old colt after he had not run again since his stunning World Cup triumph, but bin Suroor was quick to ease the fears.
“Thunder Snow is fine – he just needed a break,” he said.
“The ultimate target this year is the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) at Churchill Downs on November 3.”
Godolphin‘s highly-promising juvenile filly La Pelosa steps up to G2 level for the Duchess Of Cambridge Stakes over six furlongs on day two of Newmarket’s July Festival on Friday.
The daughter of Dandy Man scored impressively on her debut over the same distance in a novice race at Kempton Park in May.
William Buick, on board for that win, takes the ride again on La Pelosa, who is drawn two and faces eight other two-year-old fillies headed by Main Edition and G2 Queen Mary Stakes runner-up Gossamer Wings.
Trainer Charlie Appleby said: “I have been pleased with the way La Pelosa has come out of her run at Royal Ascot.
“She made all at Kempton on her debut, but I think she learned a lot last time out, when she stayed on well in the closing stages, and the race should have brought her on mentally.
“A repeat performance of her last start should see her bang there.”
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.”