Godolphin's Persian King takes on 14 in French Derby at Chantilly

Press Association Sport 14:20 30/05/2019
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Godolphin’s Persian King will face 14 rivals when he bids to complete a Classic double in the French Derby at Chantilly on Sunday.

The Kingman colt claimed his fifth successive win with a comprehensive success in the French 2000 Guineas three weeks ago and will be a hot favourite to follow up and provide trainer Andre Fabre with a fifth victory in the Prix du Jockey Club.

Fabre also saddles Roman Candle and Slalom.

Aidan O’Brien fields three runners as he bids to claim the prize for the first time, with Ryan Moore partnering Epsom Blue Riband Trial winner Cape Of Good Hope, Donnacha O’Brien on Mohawk and Seamie Heffernan booked for Blenheim Palace.

The three British raiders are Andrew Balding’s impressive Fairway Stakes winner Raise You, the John Gosden-trained Kick On and Roger Varian’s Surfman, who was a promising third in the Dante Stakes at York on his latest outing.

Other contenders include Alain de Royer-Dupre’s Zarkava colt Zarkallani, who turns out just a week after opening his account at ParisLongchamp, and Freddy Head’s unbeaten charge Motamarris.

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Press Association Sport 07:42 28/05/2019
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William Buick

Derby-winning jockey William Buick is set to see a consultant this week as he remains on the sidelines.

Buck, who was unshipped on the way to post from Sir Busker at Ascot on May 10, has been out of action since partnering the Charlie Appleby-trained two-year-old newcomer Expressionist to victory at the same track 24 hours later.

Buick missed his intended mounts in France the next day after reportedly feeling unwell.

The 30-year-old, who is retained by Sheikh Mohammed’s Godolphin operation, subsequently spent some time at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, where he underwent tests.

“We’ve no idea yet how long he’ll be out and obviously it’s been the Bank Holiday weekend,” said his agent George Baker.

“He’s got a date with his consultant this week some time and we should know more then.”

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

Press Association Sport 20:10 12/05/2019
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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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