19/10/2019

Godolphin target September Stakes with Best Solution


Three-time Group One winner Greatest Solution returns to Activity from the Sun Racing September Stakes at Kempton on Saturday.

A real flag-bearer to get Saeed bin Suroor he won the Princess of Wales’s Stakes, Grosser Preis Von Berlin and Grosser Preis Von Baden.
He has not been seen since finishing eighth at the Melbourne Cup in November, although his winning spree continued in the prestigious Caulfield Cup using a victory.
“This will be his first race since the Melbourne Cup,” explained the Godolphin handler.
“He had a wonderful season this past year, but also a very hard period, so we gave him a very long break and this is just a return for him.
“We’ll start now with him, he’s working very well. The previous time he labored in Newmarket, I was delighted.
“He’s in good condition, this is the start for him until we start to appear in Group Ones again.
“He is not likely to Australia this past year – we will only keep all of our options open. We are going to see how he works in this and then decide on his future”
Another well-travelled runner is Andrew Balding’s Pivoine, that had his last outing where he was not disgraced in position at the Arlington Million.
Prior to that he had won the John Smith’s Diamond Jubilee Cup in York.
“He appears to have taken his visit to America really well,” said Balding.
“He’s got shape on the Polytrack. Whether he’s quite as great at mile and a half as he’s at a mile and a quarter,” I don’t know, but we’ll discover that out”
Roger Varian saddles Rasima, a Recorded winner last year who has neglected to replicate that this term, also two in Gibbs Hill, who ran well to finish fourth in a race in York a month.
“Gibbs Hill worked well at York. He appears to be well in the home and has got good shape. He enjoys the track and the trip, but we’ll only have to see how he moves,” said Varian.
“Rasima has not really fired this year, but you might argue her two runs in the Hoppings Stakes at Newcastle have been her best pieces of lifetime form.
“Hopefully the Kempton surface may see her conduct very nicely, but she has a bit to find on the figures.
“We are looking for the mile and a half . It has not really panned for her the excursion may result in a bit of improvement, although because we liked or it might not, however, we will find out. It is a fantastic race and she’ll require a career best.”
Hugo Palmer’s Mootasadir returns from a break having lost his unbeaten record when stepping up to 2 kilometers from the Northumberland Plate – a race in which Gibbs Hill was a powerful ante-post burned off an absence of 724 days but had been hauled up.
The globetrotting Prince Of Arran (Charlie Fellowes) is just another to drop in trip after a good run in the Ebor, since he proceeds to build to get a return visit to Australia.
Royal Line (John Gosden) has just his second start since winning the November Handicap, while Thundering Blue (David Menuisier) drops in class after finishing last of nine in the Juddmonte International at York.

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