Cavalryman leads Godolphin double charge
Cavalryman and Allybar will be leading the charge for Godolphin at Royal Ascot today. Both are running in the Prince Of Wales's Stakes and the race will be Cavalryman's third consecutive appearance in Group One company, having been fifth in the 12-furlong Coronation Cup at Epsom Downs on June 4. Saeed bin Suroor, his trainer, said: "Cavalryman is in good form at the moment. The Coronation Cup was his first start of his European campaign and he ran a good race on his first appearance since Dubai."
The four-year-old colt was also fifth over the same distance in the Dubai Sheema Classic at Meydan Racecourse on March 27. "He came out of that run in good heart and I have been pleased with his preparation for Royal Ascot," bin Suroor said. "Dropping back to a stiff 10 furlongs should suit him and I am hopeful that he can run well." Allybar is making his British debut after posting a career-best performance to be a close third in the world's richest race, the Group One Dubai World Cup over 10 furlongs at Meydan on March 27.
He was beaten there by a nose and a short-head by Gloria De Campeao and Lizard's Desire. The four-year-old, representing Mahmood al Zarooni, started the year with two impressive victories on the Tapeta of Meydan. Al Zarooni said: "Allybar looks fit and healthy. "His run in the Dubai World Cup was his best to date and the only thing against him is that he hasn't had a run before this race. "He will be fine with 10 furlongs and it will be interesting to see how he gets on at Ascot.
"He is in good form and he goes to Ascot with a chance." Frankie Dettori takes the ride on Cavalryman, while Ahmed Ajtebi is the jockey for Allybar. Two other bin Suroor charges, Antara and Aspectoflove, are scheduled to race each other today for a second successive time in the Group Two Windsor Forest Stakes. The pair contested the Group Three Princess Elizabeth Stakes over an extended mile at Epsom on June 5.
Antara quickened well to win by a neck over Reggane and Aspectoflove stayed on to place fifth. Frankie Dettori takes the ride on Antara in the mile race with Ted Durcan in the saddle on Aspectoflove. Bin Suroor said: "I was pleased with the way Antara won at Epsom Downs and she has come out of the run in good form. I think that a mile at Ascot will be no problem for her and she deserves to take the step up to Group Two company.
"I am looking forward to seeing her run a good race. "Aspectoflove was a little disappointing in the Princess Elizabeth Stakes but she was staying on at the end and she has been working well recently." Godolphin's Shakespearean bids to improve on his already impressive strike-rate in the Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot. The three-year-old has won four of his seven career starts and was one of the most impressive winners at the recent Derby meeting at Epsom.
"He is taking a step up in class but I think the distance suits him well," bin Suroor told goldophin.com. "He is a big horse but I think that a stiff seven furlongs at Ascot will play to his strengths." Godolphin runners disappointed at Royal Ascot yesterday. Calming Influence finished last in the Queen Anne Stakes and Roayh ran 11th in the Coventry Stakes. * Agencies
Published: June 16, 2010 04:00 AM