Godolphin snap up Pleascach

Godolphin have snapped up Irish 1,000 Guineas winner Pleascach and she will carry their colours when she runs in the Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot next week.

Godolphin snap up Pleascach

The Jim Bolger-trained filly won the 10-furlong Blue Wind Stakes at Naas before dropping back to a mile for a half-length Classic success over Found last month.

She is now due to step up to a mile and a half at Ascot and John Ferguson, bloodstock advisor to Sheikh Mohammed, is pleased to have recruited the daughter of Teofilo for Godolphin.

He told www.godolphin.com: “Jim is keen for the filly to run at Royal Ascot, with the Irish Derby and the Irish Oaks both being targets in the future.

“His Highness Sheikh Mohammed believes when buying young Classic fillies, you look at them as a 10-year plan rather than just as a racehorse, and with the stallions that we now have at our disposal, the future is exciting.”

Meanwhile American ace California Chrome is among 11 horses left in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes on Wednesday following the confirmation stage.

Last year’s Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes hero will bid to put leading European horses to the sword in the Group One over a mile and a quarter.

He was last in action at Meydan in March when he was second to Prince Bishop in the Dubai World Cup.

After running in the world’s most valuable race, the connections of the Art Sherman-trained colt shipped him over to Newmarket where he has been housed by Rae Guest ahead of this race.

Kevin Ryan’s The Grey Gatsby, who was also second at Meydan behind Solow in the Dubai Turf, will try to win his first race since he lowered the colours of Australia in the Irish Champion Stakes in September.

The Grey Gatsby was fourth to Al Kazeem in the Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh, a race which Free Eagle had to miss because he was suffering from a head cold.

Dermot Weld reports Free Eagle to be A1 again now, and the four-year-old is ready to run for the first time since he was third in the Qipco Champion Stakes over the course and distance in October.

There are two French-trained possibles in Ectot and Gailo Chop while Japanese challenger Spielberg and Criterion from Australia add even more global interest.

John Gosden is double-handed with Eagle Top and Western Hymn while Sir Michael Stoute relies on Cannock Chase. The Corsican, trained by David Simcock, completes the list.

Toscanini, runner-up in last year’s Chesham Stakes, heads his trainer Michael Halford’s team of five primed for Royal Ascot.

The Godolphin-owned three-year-old colt, who also took second place behind dual Guineas winner Gleneagles in the National Stakes as a juvenile, will go either for the Jersey Stakes or the Commonwealth Cup.

“I will probably have five for Royal Ascot,” said the County Kildare handler.

“Asbury Boss is in the Ascot Stakes on Tuesday, Hasanour will go for the Royal Hunt Cup if he gets in, while Toscanini could go for the Jersey or the Commonwealth Cup. Portage is in the Britannia, and Tonkinese is in the Chesham.”

However, Halford ruled out Raydara as he is not happy with the Group Two-winning filly after she finished down the field in the Irish 1,000 Guineas on her seasonal reappearance.

“Raydara will not be going to Ascot. She is just not right and won’t be going anywhere for the moment,” he said.

Connections of Brazen Beau are leaning more towards saving the Australian sprinter for the Diamond Jubilee Stakes on Saturday week.

The dual Grade One winner was confirmed for Tuesday’s King’s Stand Stakes and a decision will be made once trainer Chris Waller has assessed his charge.

Grant Morgan, managing director of owners On-Track Thoroughbreds, said: “There are 38 individual owners in the ownership group from two countries and four states of Australia.

“Brazen Beau is a great advertisement for the diversity and syndicates in Australian racing.

“The horse will work on Saturday. Whatever decision Chris take as to which race to go for I will support.

“He is entered in both sprints but I think Chris is leaning towards the Diamond Jubilee Stakes as his form at six furlongs is strong through the line.”

Able Friend maintained his routine of trotting and cantering under work rider Thomas Yeung at Newmarket in preparation for the Queen Anne Stakes on Tuesday.

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