x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 27 July 2017

Bin Suroor keen on new recruit

Godolphin will give a first run to Delegator, their newly-purchased 2,000 Guineas runner-up, in the Group Two Totesport.com Celebration Mile at Goodwood today.

Delegator, the 2,000 Guineas runner-up, right, will run in the Godolphin colours for the first time.
Delegator, the 2,000 Guineas runner-up, right, will run in the Godolphin colours for the first time.

Godolphin will give a first run to Delegator, their newly-purchased 2,000 Guineas runner-up, in the Group Two Totesport.com Celebration Mile at Goodwood today. The three-year-old is the sole Godolphin representative in the seven-horse contest after Evasive was scratched following a disappointing run in the CGA Hungerford Stakes at Newbury two weeks ago.

Delegator drops down in class today following his below-par eighth-place finish for then trainer, Brian Meehan, in the Group One Irish 2,000 Guineas - just two weeks after running Sea the Stars a close second in the English equivalent at Newmarket. He appeared to flounder in heavy going at Curragh but the Dansili colt proved he has a devastating turn of foot on the right ground, when coming from last to first over a mile at Newmarket on his seasonal debut.

"He shows plenty of pace in his work and he is ready to race. He's a horse that I like a lot and I am happy with him," said trainer Saeed bin Suroor. "He's ready to go and I am looking forward to seeing him run a good race on Saturday." Delegator, under Frankie Dettori, will face recent course and distance winner Zacinto, trained by Sir Michael Stoute and ridden by Ryan Moore, and Group Two winner Cesare from John Fanshawe's yard with Eddie Ahern in the irons.

Dubai runner, Mourilyan, also stepping down in class, gets his third English start for trainer Gary Moore, in the earlier Listed Windflower March Stakes against Godolphin's Urban Poet. Across the Atlantic Asiatic Boy, owned by Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa, may now duck the Group One Woodward at Saratoga, skipping a September 5 meeting with star filly, Rachel Alexandra who is unbeaten this season.

Instead, the 2007 UAE Triple Crown winner could head to Del Mar for the Group One Pacific Classic, held a day later. "No-one likes running against her [Rachel Alexandra]," said trainer Kiaran McLaughlin. @Email:stregoning@thenational.ae