Photo: Steven Cargill
Certify is set to make her eagerly anticipated return on
Thursday, with Godolphin confirming that the four year old will be entered for
the Group II Cape Verdi Stakes at Meydan this week.
In contact with Horse Racing Nation, a Godolphin
representative said, “We confirm that the Group 2 Cape Verdi on Thursday 30th January is Certify’s target. Entries will be made on Monday with declarations taking place on Tuesday.”
Certify has not been seen on a racecourse since stretching
her perfect record to four in the GI Fillies Mile at Newmarket on September
28th 2012, with her progression as a three year old halted after the daughter
of Elusive Quality tested positive for the banned anabolic steroid of
Under the care of Mahmood Al Zarooni at that time, Certify
was just one of initial eleven horses to prevented from showcasing her talent
throughout the duration of last season, with the 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket, a
race she was third favourite for at the time of withdrawal, the most notable
race which she missed.
Now under the care of Charlie Appleby, who has enjoyed a
superb start to his first visit to the Dubai Racing Carnival, Certify will bid
to rebuild her reputation with a step back into Group company at the earliest
opportunity as she looks to extend her four race unbeaten streak of 2012.
Last season’s GII Cape Verdi was won by the improving Godolphin
stalwart Sajjhaa, who went on to win the GI Dubai Duty Free on World Cup night.
If Certify can even come close to achieving what Sajjhaa did at last season’s
Carnival, the Godolphin team will have a horse of considerable talent to build
on as the European season draws ever closer.