Godolphin's Final Song set for Albany after makes striking impression at Ascot

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A return to Ascot for the Royal meeting is on the cards for Godolphin’s Final Song after she blitzed the opposition in the British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Fillies’ Stakes.

The Saeed bin Suroor-trained youngster was sent off under Oisin Murphy in a field reduced to six by five non-runners.

Always travelling smoothly, when the Dark Angel filly was asked to go and win the race she fairly sprinted clear, bolting up by five lengths from Mrs Flanders.

Despite initial quotes from bookmakers streaming in for the Queen Mary over five furlongs, Bin Suroor feels she will be even better suited to an extra furlong.

He said: “She was impressive. She’s always worked well in the morning and has shown plenty of class at home.

“This was her first day out and we had a question mark about the ground, as it was soft, but she handled it well and showed a good turn of foot.

“I think she wants six furlongs and nice ground – we’re thinking Royal Ascot, I think it will be the Albany.”

John Gosden ran two in the Karen Millen Maiden Stakes over a mile and a half, with both Swift Wing and Kesia unraced.

Frankie Dettori rode Swift Wing, from the family of Sariska, but it was Kesia and Rab Havlin who made a winning debut.

The 7-1 chance quickened up to go by odds-on favourite Cape Cavalli impressively two out, eventually winning by a length and a half with Swift Wing in third.

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Prix d'Ispahan next target for Godolphin star Barney Roy

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Godolphin star Barney Roy could continue to revive his racing career in the Prix d’Ispahan at ParisLongchamp on May 26 before trying to claim a second success at Royal Ascot.

The Excelebration gelding – who returned to racing after proving to be infertile at stud – found only one too good on his debut for Charlie Appleby in a Listed race at the Berkshire track, where he claimed victory in the 2017 St James’s Palace Stakes, earlier this month.

Appleby said: “I felt like Barney ticked a lot of boxes. He showed his enthusiasm and his courage when he got into a battle. Thankfully he has come out of the race well and we will look forward to hopefully a nice summer with him.

“We are going to make an entry in the d’Ispahan with him, but Ascot in all probability will be his next port of call.

“There is time though to run in France and then at Ascot. We will make the entry for him and have a look at see.”

Having been denied a Group One hat-trick on her final start of 2018 in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf, stablemate Wild Illusion looks set to make her comeback in the Juddmonte Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh (June 28).

He added: “I will give Wild Illusion an entry in the d’Ispahan, but the Pretty Polly looks a more realistic starting point.

“Then we can look at the Romanet afterwards and take the rest of the season from there.”

Old Persian could be seen out sooner than expected, with Appleby not ruling out supplementing this year’s Sheema Classic hero for the Investec Coronation Cup at Epsom.

Appleby said: “Old Persian has travelled back from Dubai now. He is a horse that I’m far from saying could be supplemented, but he has the profile and if the race was breaking down it could be looked at.

“It is not out of the question, but it is not to the fore at the moment. He has just had his first canter up the short Polytrack.”

Mythical Magic is being lined up for a return to Group One level on his first start in Britain since October 2017, with Appleby intending to run the son of Iffraaj in the Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes at Newbury on Saturday week.

He said: “He ran well in the Al Fahidi, then he went and won the Zabeel Mile and this will be his first run since then.

“I was hoping to race in Australia with him, but we didn’t get an invitation, so we are going to head to the Lockinge. He is a horse that is progressing.”

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Appleby believes Ghaiyyath will be seen to better effect at Royal Ascot

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Godolphin trainer Charlie Appleby believes Ghaiyyath will be seen to better effect when stepped up in trip in the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot.

The Newmarket handler has earmarked the mile and a half Group Two prize as the next target for the lightly raced four-year-old following his odds-on defeat in the Prix Ganay at ParisLongchamp last Sunday.

After cutting out much of the running, the Dubawi colt weakened into third place in France – and Appleby feels his charge now requires a stiffer test of stamina.

Appleby said: “Ghaiyyath put up a good performance on Sunday to finish third, but we have always felt that this horse will be at his best over a mile and a half.

“He was beaten by two Group One winners and the plan with him will now be to freshen him up and head for the Hardwicke at Royal Ascot.

“He is still an inexperienced horse and that was only the sixth run of his career – he is entitled to learn a bit more again.

“He stepped into battle and didn’t shy away from it and he stuck to his guns well and he gives me the impression going forward a mile and a half will be his optimum trip.”

A change of plan will see Lincoln winner Auxerre head for Windsor on Monday week.

Appleby added: “We’ve had no hold ups with him and we were going to go to Ascot for the Paradise Stakes, but we decided to go there with Barney Roy.

“We didn’t want two decent horses banging their heads together, so we are going to Windsor instead.

“We were never going to jump into a Group race with him as we wanted take in a Listed race and take our time with him – we felt that was the right progression for the horse.”

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