Kazzia gets go-ahead for Islington clash

GODOLPHIN’S dual Classic winner Kazzia pleased connections when working on the Newmarket gallops yesterday and is now on course for a mouth-watering clash with impressive Goodwood winner Islington in next Wednesday’s Aston Upthorpe Yorkshire Oaks.

After watching the filly work over seven furlongs with Divine Task and Cunas in the hands of Frankie Dettori, trainer Saeed bin Suroor told www.godolphin.com: ‘‘We are happy with Kazzia and the way she worked this morning. She moved really well and is ready for the Yorkshire Oaks.’’

Kazzia has already won the Sagitta 1000 Guineas and Vodafone Oaks this season and could bid for the Rothmans Royals St Leger at Doncaster next month to become the first horse to complete the fillies’ Triple Crown since Oh So Sharp in 1985.

Meanwhikle Nayef was yesterday declared firmly ‘‘on target’’ for his rematch with Golan at York.

And Marcus Tregoning is full of hope his colt can turn the tables on the narrow King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes winner when the pair clash again in the Juddmonte International Stakes.

‘‘I am looking forward to it and I hope we can win this time,’’ the trainer said.

‘‘He is on target for the race and I think this mile-and-a-quarter trip will suit him better than Golan.’’

Tregoning is also eagerly awaiting Dominica’s return to action in the Victor Chandler Nunthorpe Stakes at York a week on Thursday.

His King’s Stand Stakes winner missed an engagement in the King George Stakes at Goodwood.

But the trainer said: ‘‘We were wrong at the weights there and though we might have won I didn’t think she could go there and come here as well.’’

Frankie Dettori returns from illness with two mounts at Salisbury today.

After 10 days on the sidelines, he rides St Pancras for Neville Callaghan in the Stonehenge Conditions Stakes and Ed Dunlop’s Fraulein in the EBF Upavon Fillies’ Stakes.

But his comeback will then be immediately cut short as he will have to go to Jockey Club headquarters in London on Thursday to attend a disciplinary committee inquiry into his riding of Lobos at Newmarket in June.

Dettori has not ridden since the Sunday before last due to a bout of chicken pox he caught off his children.

But the Italian’s agent Ray Cochrane said: ‘‘He is bright as a button now. He is a little bit heavy but he is in good form.

‘‘Both his rides tomorrow look like they would have every chance but it looks like he will have to have day off on Thursday for this inquiry so he will have to go to Portman Square.

‘‘Then it is Newmarket on Friday, Newbury on Saturday and France on Sunday for the Prix Jacques Le Marois.’’

Henry Cecil sends Burning Sun in search of his second win in France this year in tomorrow’s Group Two Prix Guillaume d’Ornano at Deauville.

His colt pipped Brian Meehan’s subsequent German Group One winner Kaieteur in the Prix Eugene Adam at Maisons-Laffitte last month. Burning Sun, to be ridden by Richard Quinn, carries a 4lb penalty for that win on Thursday. Rivals in the 10-furlong affair include the Paul Cole-trained Guys And Dolls (Christophe Soumillon), Gerard Butler’s Common World (Eddie Ahern), Marcus Tregoning’s Highdown (Martin Dwyer) and Richard Hannon’s Nysaean (Gerald Mosse).

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