Godolphin trainer Saeed bin Suroor to step Final Song up but next target undecided

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Godolphin star Final Song will step up in trip for her next start – but where that will be has still to be decided.

Saeed bin Suroor was in two minds whether to run the filly in the Albany Stakes over six furlongs, but stuck to the minimum distance at the Royal meeting.

She fairly flew home for third behind Raffle Prize, suggesting an extra furlong would be well within her grasp.

Currently Final Song holds Group One engagements in the Phoenix Stakes, the Moyglare and the National Stakes, all in Ireland.

“There’s no plans at the moment. We were pleased with her at Ascot and she came out of the race well,” said Bin Suroor.

“She’s healthy, happy and fresh and we’ll step her up in trip – she needs further.

“She’s a nice filly, I like the way she finished her race and she looks like she’s going to be a nice filly for the future.

“We’ve put her in a few races just to have a look. I want to see her work next time before deciding where she goes.”

Bin Suroor’s Royal Meeting was last seen beating dual Guineas winner Hermosa in France, but has not been in action yet this season, with the end of next month being mooted as a comeback.

“Royal Meeting is back in training and will hopefully run by the end of August. We’ve been planning for the second half of the season,” said Bin Suroor.

“He’s doing good now and he’s going to be a horse for the future, so we’ll look at Group races for him.

“We’ll probably take him out to Dubai. It’s frustrating we haven’t been able to run him, it only seems to happen to the good horses.”

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Godolphin trainer Charlie Appleby hoping to have Quorto back for autumn campaign

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Godolphin trainer Charlie Appleby hopes to have unbeaten Group One winner Quorto back from his setback in time for an autumn campaign.

The Dubawi colt has been out of action so far this year after sustaining a soft-tissue injury in March during his build-up to the 2000 Guineas at a winter training camp in Dubai.

After backing up his debut victory over Newmarket’s July Course at the same track in the Group Two Superlative Stakes, Quorto ended his juvenile campaign by defeating subsequent Epsom Derby hero Anthony Van Dyck on his first start at the top level in the Curragh’s National Stakes in September.

Appleby reports Quorto, as with last year’s Derby winner Masar who recently returned to the track at Royal Ascot after injury, is being brought back to full fitness steadily.

The Newmarket trainer said: “He has gone through a similar programme to what Masar did – but hopefully he won’t take as long as Masar did.

“He started the recovery early in his three-year-old career, and the plan will be to try and get him out late summer.”

Appleby is optimistic that all is currently going to plan for a return this season.

“If we can keep meeting the targets we are meeting at the moment then there is a live chance of that happening,” he said.

“Goodwood would be too soon. I’d say we would be looking at late summer (or) early autumn for him. If we can get a run or two into him as a three-year-old that would be great.”

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Newmarket next for Godolphin's Derby hero Masar

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Last year’s Derby hero Masar will continue his comeback in next month’s Princess of Wales’s Tattersalls Stakes at Newmarket.

Charlie Appleby’s colt had his first run for more than a year in the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot on Saturday.

Not everything went to plan as he stumbled coming out of the stalls – which resulted in a hefty bang from the Czech raider Nagano Gold, who went on to finish second.

The incident lit Masar up, meaning he over-raced in the first half of the race – and after briefly threatening in the straight, he tired to finish fifth.

“Masar has pulled up well this morning. He’s been fully vetted, and everyone is happy with him,” said Godolphin trainer Appleby.

“The plan with Masar now is to make our way to the Princess of Wales’s at Newmarket’s July meeting.”

Appleby did enjoy a double on the card – with the now retired Blue Point winning the Diamond Jubilee, his second success of the week, and Pinatubo smashing the juvenile track record in the Chesham Stakes.

“With regards to Pinatubo, he’s come out of his race very well and will head to the Vintage Stakes at Glorious Goodwood,” said the Newmarket trainer.

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