Moulin mission for Godolphin's Line Of Duty

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Godolphin trainer Charlie Appleby will continue to campaign Line Of Duty over a mile after earmarking the Prix du Moulin at ParisLongchamp as his next target.

The son of Galileo will bid to claim his first victory since winning last year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf, in the Group One prize on September 8.

After suffering defeats in the Dante and Derby, Line Of Duty hinted at a return to form last time out when finishing third back over a mile in the Prix Jacques le Marois at Deauville.

Appleby said: “Line Of Duty put up a good performance at Deauville. It was pleasing to see him do it the right way round, in finishing the race rather than going backwards in the last furlong.

“He will probably go back for the Moulin. It is Group One level, which he deserves to be in on the back of that last start.

“Ease in the ground will help him, and the mile looks to be his trip. ”

Having come to the conclusion that Line Of Duty is best suited to a mile, Appleby feels his hand was rather forced to try him over further earlier in the campaign.

He said: “We didn’t have a strong three-year-old team, so we tried him at distances which extended him in the end in going the mile and a quarter, then the mile and a half.

“We felt we had nothing to lose dropping back to the mile, and thankfully that is what has rekindled a bit of form there.”

A trip to France and return to the top table is on the cards for Hungerford Stakes winner Glorious Journey, with Appleby identifying the Qatar Prix de la Foret in Paris on October 6 as his main aim.

He said: “I was delighted with the performance, but the ease in the ground and seven-furlong trip were key. We always felt he had an engine there, and he deserved to win a race like that.

“He has come out of the race very well. A step forward would be a crack at the Foret.

“He is in the Park Stakes (at Doncaster) – but he would have a penalty in that now, so it is unlikely, unless the Foret looked particularly punchy on entry level.”

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Godolphin‘s Royal Crusade added his name to what is fast becoming a powerful-looking juvenile team being assembled by Charlie Appleby with a winning debut at Newmarket on Friday.

The Shamardal colt, who holds Group One entries in the Middle Park and Dewhurst Stakes, hit the target at the first time of asking, holding fellow debutant Hot Summer at bay by a neck in the cjmurfitt.com British Stallion Studs EBF Novice Stakes.

Appleby said of the 5-6 winner: “It was very pleasing. We are not going to get away from it as his home work has been nice.

“We know the family and we were fortunate to have the mare in her racing career (Zibelina) and being by Shamardal you can’t go wrong.

“As William (Buick) said, he is a work in progress in respect that he was very green out there. He travelled for fun and there was nothing that could take him for long enough unfortunately.

“William said if he could have sat for a bit longer it would have helped him. He is a big, strong individual. We won’t rush him back. There are plenty of autumn targets there.”

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Godolphin's Benbatl unlikely to be a part of the spring carnival

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Benbatl is unlikely to return to Australia this year – with targets in Canada and America mooted.

Saeed bin Suroor’s globetrotter won a Group One Down Under last year before having a crack at Winx in the Cox Plate.

He ultimately came off second best in that encounter, and has been given plenty of time to get over those exertions.

“After he went to Australia, we gave him a break because he’d had a hard season,” said Bin Suroor.

“He’d run in Dubai, England, Germany and Australia.

“He’s back in training, and we’ll start looking for races for him in September time. He could start off in England – but there are races abroad for him in Europe.

“We’ll keep all his options open, but I don’t think we’ll take him back out to Australia this year. We might have some others for Australia this year.

“I think it’s more likely we’ll look at Canada or America for him. We’ll see how he is going – so far he is moving well, looks healthy and is working really nicely.”

Bin Suroor also has an update on Royal Marine, a Group One winner last season but who has been bitterly disappointing this term.

“Royal Marine has been gelded,” said the Newmarket trainer.

“He’s been disappointing. He just isn’t showing what he showed last year.

“We took him to Dubai and thought he might not have liked the dirt – but (then) he disappointed in the Guineas and in France.

“I still believe he has the class – his form is in the book.”

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