From this morning's Racing Post web-site: 4-time G1 winner Kingman has been retired due to having to undergo treatment for a sore throat, which rules him out of any Autumn targets.
@jonquil, Know what you mean, but Chicquita at least is still showing signs of progress under a much better trainer in Aidan O'Brien than Saeed Bin Suroor is. She didn't run badly at all finishing 2nd behind Tarfasha in the G2 Blanford Stakes to have been off the track for more than a year. She'll run next in the G1 Prix De l'Opera most likely on Arc day, IMO.
After a run of 4 consecutive 2nd place finishes in the G3 Ormonde Stakes, G2 Hardwicke Stakes, G2 Princess of Wales Stakes, & G3 Rose of Lancaster Stakes, Hillstar finally breaks through and comes good in the G3 Arc Trial at Newbury, winning by 1-1/2 lengths over Godolphin's classy filly Tasaday.
I know we've said this to each other a million times now, but it really is disheartening to watch the drop off in ability that Godolphin's horses suffer that start out with Andre Fabre in France and then are sent to Saeed Bin Suroor and/or Charlie Appleby, or in the past Mahmood al Zarooni in the UK.
Highly progressive last season in France under trainer Andre Fabre, Sky Hunter scores his first win for Godolphin and trainer Saeed Bin Suroor in the UK with a win in the listed Dooneside Cup at Ayr.
After his horses pulled off a G1 double over the weekend at Woodbine winning the G1 Northern Dancer Turf & G1 Woodbine Mile, trainer David Simcock said this morning that both Sheikhzayedroad & Trade Storm both have ambitious targets ahead of them. Simcock said Sheikzayedroad will go either to the G1 Champion Stakes at Ascot next, but only if the ground at Ascot comes up very soft, but more likely back to Woodbine for the G1 Canadian International Stakes. Simcock said Qatar Racing owner Sheikh Fahad will ultimately decided if Trade Storm goes to Santa Anita for the G1 Breeders Cup Mile or to Australia for the G1 Cox Plate next.
On his best day, as game as they came!
Fantastic racehorse on the track, fantastic sire in the breeding shed! RIP Street Cry.
@amino998, Sir Michael Stoute announced a couple of days ago the Melbourne Cup is out for Estimate. Said she'll either run in the G1 Prix Du Cadran over 2-1/2 miles at Longchamp on Arc day or the G2 British Champions Long Distance Cup over 2 miles at Ascot a couple of weeks later, and my guess is it will be the later. To be honest, never thought the Melbourne Cup was a race that would suit Estimate that well anyway. It's tough, grinding 2 miles at Flemington, coupled with the travel, quarantine, and acclamation factor for the European horses.
And he won a listed race on conventional dirt for his new connections first time out at Taby Racecourse in Sweden.
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