Godolphin‘s Blue Point, who finished seventh in Saturday’s G1 Darley July Cup, over six furlongs at Newmarket, is set to drop back in trip for his next runs.
Trainer Charlie Appleby reported the Shamardal colt was too free in the early stages of the July Cup, with jockey William Buick doing his best to restrain him in behind the pace.
“In a five furlong race, they are going just that fraction faster, and that makes all the difference to Blue Point,” Appleby said.
“Looking ahead, races such as the G1 Nunthorpe at York, the Flying Five at the Curragh, and the G1 Abbaye at Longchamp are all possible targets.
“I would like to keep him to five furlongs now, though he could possibly revert to six furlongs for the Sprint on Champions Day at Ascot in October.
“He is a different horse at Ascot, and has held records for both the five and the six at the course,” he pointed out.
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.”