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Godolphin may turn Delegator to Lennox Stakes

Godolphin is looking to take a step back with Delegator with a run at Glorious Goodwood in the Lennox Stakes.

Delegator, with jockey Frankie Dettori aboard, did not challenge in the Darley July Cup.
Delegator, with jockey Frankie Dettori aboard, did not challenge in the Darley July Cup.

Godolphin may step Delegator back up in trip for the Lennox Stakes at Glorious Goodwood in England after his unfortunate run in the July Cup.

The five year old appeared to have the perfect draw at Newmarket in stall 17, but after Brae Hill ploughed a lone furrow up the stands side to win the Bunbury Cup in the race before, connections knew their fate and Delegator ran well to finish fifth.

Having returned to sprinting with a good win in the Duke of York Stakes, he was forced to miss the Golden Jubilee on account of the soft ground.

He also has options in France and at Haydock, but whether the ground will be suitable is a big consideration for his trainer, Saeed bin Suroor.

"He could run in the Lennox at Goodwood next week," Simon Crisford, Godolphin's racing manager, said.

"He's been such an unlucky horse. He was second to Sea The Stars in the Guineas and has been difficult to keep right.

"We knew our fate at Newmarket after the Bunbury Cup. Frankie [Dettori] knew all the other jockeys would leave him stranded.

"He had a wart on his pastern that took nearly six months to clear up, and then when we took him out to the Breeders' Cup last year, he picked up a quarter-crack on his hoof.

"I don't think he likes training on the artificial surfaces out there, so he might not go out there again.

"If he doesn't go to Goodwood the options are the Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville and the Haydock Sprint Cup, but whether he'd get his ground at either of those is debatable."

Meanwhile, Mahmood Al Zarooni is confident Gamilati will stay a longer trip as she features among 83 entries for the Shadwell Fillies' Mile at Newmarket on September 23.

The Bernardini filly claimed the Cherry Hinton at Newmarket on her third start having twice been beaten in photo finishes.

However, a change of tactics and the assistance of Dettori for the first time saw her fortunes change. The Fillies' Mile will be run at Newmarket for the first time this year after being switched from Ascot and Al Zarooni would be expecting a bold show if Gamilati takes her chance.

"Gamilati raced twice before the Cherry Hinton and she was beaten twice but we used to tell the jockey to go to the front," Al Zarooni said.

"Usually when you have Frankie riding you don't give him instructions, I just say 'Frankie, good luck'.

"He's a good jockey, he doesn't need me to tell him what to do. So, he dropped her in, but we didn't think she had that turn of foot, which is why we'd been telling her jockey to lead, but she'd been caught on the line twice. This time, when Frankie took his time, she won nice and easy. She's a good filly and I think she'll be one for the future ...

"The way she won at Newmarket tells me she'll stay a mile. I'm not sure she'll want much further yet, but a mile should be fine.

"I hope she's the next Blue Bunting."