Godolphin‘s Royal Ascot winner Blue Point has been ruled out of Sunday’s Derrinstown Stud Flying Five at the Curragh due to a dirty scope.
Charlie Appleby’s speedster finished third in the Nunthorpe last time out and was being prepared for the new Group One.
However, his attentions will now be switched to Ascot’s Champions Day instead.
Appleby told www.godolphin.com: “He scoped dirty, which is unfortunate, but we look ahead now to British Champions Day at Ascot (on October 20), where he has an entry in the Group One Sprint, over six furlongs.”
While Blue Point misses out, there are still 12 horses in contention for the prize, including four for Aidan O’Brien in Battle Of Jericho, Sioux Nation, St Patrick’s Day and Different League.
Darren Bunyan’s Hit The Bid is also in the mix along with fellow home-trained hopes in Gorane, Now You’re Talking and Son Of Rest.
Four British-trained entries make up the field, with Karl Burke’s Havana Grey having landed the Sapphire Stakes over the course and distance back in July.
Ben Curtis had been booked to ride, but he picked up an injury last week.
Burke said: “Havana Grey runs in the Flying Five Stakes on Sunday at the Curragh. Richie Kingscote rides him and he is in great shape and he is adaptable ground-wise.
“He has won at the Curragh this year and he is a very fast horse and I’m really looking forward to running him.”
Caspian Prince was second that day and is in the line up again with Julie Camacho’s Judicial and David Griffiths’ popular veteran Take Cover.
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Godolphin‘s Fine Needle romped to a second consecutive win at the G2 Centaur Stakes at Hanshin in Japan on Sunday.
The five-year-old Admire Moon horse, trained by Yoshitada Takahashi, was held up in mid-division of the 15-strong field.
He started to improve a furlong and half out and came with a strong run on the outside to lead with almost half a furlong to go.
Harry Sweeney, President of Godolphin in Japan, said: “Fine Needle won really well.
“The trainer has been very happy with the horse and now Fine Needle will target the G1 Sprinters Stakes at Nakayama later this month”.
Fine Needle is already a G1 winner, having won Takamatsunomiya Kinen at Chukyo in March.
A harbinger that the excitement of live racing is right around the corner in Dubai.
The Racing in Dubai September 2018 Sale will be held by the Emirates Racing Authority (ERA) on Thursday, September 20, 2018, at 17:00 within the Saddling Enclosure of Meydan Racecourse.
Viewing of the 44 lots of racing age will take place September 18 and 19, from 07:30-09:00 and 16:00-17:30 on each day, at Meydan Quarantine (NOFA Stables).
Past graduates of the Racing in Dubai Sales include 2018 Dubai World Cup Carnival winners Raven’s Corner, Janszoon and Drafted; the first two of whom went on to compete on Dubai World Cup night just five months ago.
The 2019 Dubai World Cup Carnival, as previously released, has received a 12 percent purse boost, while the Dubai World Cup meeting (March 30, 2019) is now worth a record US $35 million.
Pedigrees now available for the 44 carefully selected lots in the Racing in Dubai September 2018 Sale, sponsored by @ABE_Dubai, held @MeydanRacing (lot 31 African Jazz withdrawn).https://t.co/t9LsFtcQRH pic.twitter.com/gy6VxUZAMH— ERA (@RacingEra) September 2, 2018
Sparkling pedigrees will be up for acquisition, including Lindberg, a lightly raced, winning sibling to Grade 3 winner Imperia and son of Medaglia d’Oro and Chilean Horse of the Year Cocoa Beach, as well as Flag Festival, a winning son of New Approach and multiple classic-winning Blue Bunting.
A pair of winning, in-tact sophomore sons of world-class sire Dubawi, Hipster Boy and George Villiers, also highlight the sale alongside proven commodities like multiple winners Brave Hero, Pouvoir Magique and Ode to Autumn.
Other global star stallions with progeny in the sale include Bernardini, Exceed and Excel, Shamardal, Elusive Quality, Cape Cross, Redoute’s Choice and Distorted Humor.
Prospective purchasers can view the full list of 44 lots and obtain further information via the Emirates Racing Authority website, www.emiratesracing.com, or register for the sale by contacting Syed Ashraf on [email protected]