Straight to 1000 for Ihtimal
Saeed bin Suroor has confirmed Ihtimal will make her return to European action in the QIPCO 1000 Guineas at Newmarket on May 4.
Winner of the Sweet Solera Stakes at Newmarket and the May Hill Stakes at Doncaster, the daughter of Shamardal brought her juvenile campaign to an end by finishing a creditable third behind the ill-fated Chriselliam in the Fillies' Mile.
The Godolphin-owned filly has been impressive in winning the UAE 1000 Guineas and the UAE Oaks at Meydan already this year and her trainer is looking forward to seeing her return to British soil.
"Ihtimal worked really nicely two days ago and she will go straight to the Guineas. I have been very pleased with her since her races," Bin Suroor told www.godolphin.com. "Physically she looks happy. She is a tiny filly but she has a good engine and turn of foot."
Be Ready, a son of New Approach and last seen winning a Doncaster Listed event in September, could represent Bin Suroor in the 2000 Guineas.
"I have liked Be Ready since he was a yearling," said the trainer. "Be Ready, from the way he worked, showed he had class for the future. He may go the Greenham at Newbury (April 12) and we will see how he gets on. Then he will be targeted at either the 2000 Guineas or the Derby. I like him a lot."
Godolphin's second trainer, Charlie Appleby, also has Classic ambitions, with his strong team headed by Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf hero Outstrip.
Charlie Appleby said: "Outstrip has wintered in England and I am very pleased with the way he looks. He has grown and strengthened. The aim will be to take him straight to the (2000) Guineas if it is good ground or better, and use that race as a stepping stone.
"Sound Reflection is a filly we liked last year. She finished sixth in the Fillies' Mile and was not beaten that far after winning on her first two starts. She will run at the Guineas meeting at Newmarket, either in the 1000 Guineas or the Pretty Polly Stakes.
"Majeyda won two Listed races last year, at Sandown and Newmarket. She will probably go for one of the Guineas trials and, depending on how she fares, could go for the Guineas after that. Folk Melody has done well during the winter and she is a filly who could possibly for a Guineas trial.
"Of the colts, Sudden Wonder had a nice profile going into the winter. We will consider going down a Derby route with him. He has wintered well and will probably go for a Derby trial.
"As far as the older horses are concerned, I am looking forward to getting Certify back to England. She showed us everything we hoped for when she won the Cape Verdi at Meydan at the end of January and we went for the Balanchine.
"Certify was coming into season that evening and unfortunately was unwilling to go in the stalls. We decided to miss Dubai World Cup night and target her at the Windsor Forest at Royal Ascot.
"We are looking forward to Encke running in the second half of 2014. He could start off in the Hardwicke Stakes (at Royal Ascot) but he will tell us when he is ready. We will not be pushing him."