Godolphin‘s Thunder Snow is firmly on target for the Breeders’ Cup Classic after running a big race in defeat in the Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park.
The Saeed bin Suroor-trained Dubai World Cup winner looked like bouncing back in style from his disappointing run in the Juddmonte International when sweeping to the front, only to be run down close home by outsider Discreet Lover.
Christophe Soumillon’s mount had come from off what had been a scorching pace set by favourite Diversify and Aidan O’Brien’s Mendelssohn, and while the market leader cracked in the straight, the Ballydoyle runner stuck to his guns to be a highly-creditable third.
Bin Suroor told www.godolphin.com: “He has run a huge race – I am very happy with the performance.
“He needed it and we will now go for the Breeders’ Cup Classic.”
Also heading to Churchill Downs on November 3 is the Jamie Osborne-trained Toast Of New York, who stayed on to be second to Mind Your Biscuits in the Lukas Classic at the Kentucky track.
An agonisingly close second to Bayern in the 2014 Breeders’ Cup Classic, Osborne’s stable star was having his first run since the Pegasus World Cup in January, since when he has been gelded.
The Lambourn handler tweeted: “Great run by Toast to finish 2nd to The Biscuit. Fantastic team effort to get him back.”
Quorto is to be put away for the season following his victory in the National Stakes at the Curragh.
Godolphin‘s exciting juvenile colt stretched his unbeaten record to three in the seven-furlong Group One earlier this month and will not take up his engagement in the Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket.
The son of Dubawi has reportedly come out of his latest race in good form, but trainer Charlie Appleby is already looking forward to the Qipco 2000 Guineas.
“He has done exceptionally well in his first season, winning his Group Two and Group One, and progressing all the time,” Appleby told www.godolphin.com.
“The 2000 Guineas has always been the long-term plan, and following discussions with His Highness Sheikh Mohammed, we have decided to put him away for the year.”
Meanwhile, plans have to be firmed up for Ghaiyyath, who won on his belated seasonal debut in the Group Three Prix du Prince d’Orange at Longchamp on Saturday.
“He took the race well, and I will now discuss the options with His Highness Sheikh Mohammed,” said Appleby.
Ghaiyyath put himself in line for a good finish to a year that started with Classic aspirations with victory in the Prix du Prince d’Orange at Paris Longchamp.
The Charlie Appleby-trained colt went into winter quarters as the leading Derby candidate for his stable, only to be derailed by a setback, leading to a much-delayed reappearance.
His yard won the premier Classic in his absence through Masar, who himself is now on the sidelines, and it could be that his stablemate now picks up the baton for the autumn.
The Dubawi colt was always well placed, as another stablemate, Stage Magic, cut out the running, and was tracked initially by Roger Varian’s Willie John, before he dropped away tamely in the straight.
William Buick got an immediate response when he asked Ghaiyyath to quicken, and while Sacred Life gave chase he was never going to threaten the Godolphin winner, who took Group Three honours in style.