Godolphin star ready to return

Ramonti makes a belated seasonal debut in the Group Two Plymouth Gin Summer Mile at Ascot tomorrow before trying to improve on his four victories at the highest level.

Ramonti makes a belated seasonal debut in the Group Two Plymouth Gin Summer Mile at Ascot tomorrow before trying to improve on his four victories at the highest level.

The Italian import was Godolphin’s standard bearer in 2007, winning the Queen Anne, Sussex and Queen Elizabeth II Stakes in Britain last year before landing the Hong Kong Cup over a mile and a quarter.

A setback in the spring when he was being prepared for the Dubai Duty Free at Nad Al Sheba delayed the start of a new campaign.

“Ramonti is in good form and ready for Saturday. It will be a tough race but the horse is class,” said trainer Saeed bin Suroor.

“He is ready to go now. We were due to run him in the Dubai Duty Free, but he had a very bad infection in his hind leg.

“The plan was to give him time. We thought maybe Ascot was where we would start with him over a mile.

“He can go further and I believe a mile and quarter will be better for him.

“He is ready but it’s a tough race for him, there are some nice horses in there.

“He’s doing good and we will see how he runs and we might take him to the Sussex Stakes at Goodwood at the end of the month.”

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