Godolphin‘s Gyllen achieved his biggest success in the G2 Prix Eugene Adam over an extended 10 furlongs at Maisons-Laffitte in France on Sunday.
The improving three-year-old Medaglia d’Oro colt, trained by Andre Fabre and partnered by Mickael Barzalona, was held up as fourth of the five runners.
He remained on the inner turning into the straight and improved to second before taking the lead after the quarter-mile post.
Gyllen was strongly pressed by Crossed Baton but saw off that challenge and then was in control, winning by a length in 2m 9.74s on ground officially described as good to soft.
Lisa-Jane Graffard of Godolphin said: “Gyllen has delighted us with his performance.
“He is a very brave little colt. It turned out to be perfect opportunity for Gyllen to win his first Group race.
“We are now thinking about the G2 Prix Guillaume d’Ornano (10f, 15 August) at Deauville, in which he would not get a penalty.”
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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.”