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Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 15 December 2018

Charlie Appleby hoping Wuheida can show she's 'still the same filly she was in the spring'

Godolphin send out runners in four Group 1 races in England, France and Ireland

Godolphin are bidding for a quadruple of Group 1 prizes with runners sent across three venues – England, France and Ireland – over the next two days.

The Dubai racing operation are double handed in the Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket on Friday, the second day of the July Festival meeting.

The Charlie Appleby-trained Wuheida, undefeated in two starts last season, makes a belated reappearance while Saeed bin Suroor’s Arabian Hope, unbeaten in three starts this season, is the other lining up in the seven-horse race over the mile trip.

Appleby said he was delighted to have Wuheida back on track after the Dubawi filly suffered a setback in April.

“We are coming up against some battle-hardened opposition but if she is still the same filly that she was in the spring, which is what she has been showing us, then she should be highly competitive,” Appleby was quoted as saying on the Godolphin website.

“Our original aim was to run her in the 1,000 Guineas and then step her up in distance. This race fits a similar profile – we want her to go out, get a run under her belt and work her way into the rest of the season, with the idea that stepping up in trip will suit.”

Josephine Gordon, who rode Arabian Hope in all her three victories this season, retains the ride on the filly by Distorted Humor.

Their main challenge is spearheaded by Aidan O’Brien’s Roly Poly, runner-up in both the Coronation Stakes and Irish 1,000 Guineas this season, and William Haggas’ Poule d’Essai des Pouliches runner-up Sea Of Grace.

On the same day across the channel, Godolphin send out Parabellum in the Grand Prix de Paris at Saint-Cloud, France.

The Andre Fabre-trained colt steps up to Group 1 level for the one and-a-half mile distance after an impressive eight-length maiden success over the same course and distance on June 15.

His nine rivals include Group 2 Prix Hocquart winner Ice Breeze and Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed’s Permian, who won the Group 2 King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot.

On Saturday, Harry Angel meets Carravagio, the O’Brien-trained colt unbeaten in six starts, in a competitive July Cup Stakes that also include high-class sprinters Limato, The Tin Man and Tasleet in the silks of Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid.

Bean Feasa, trained by Jim Bolger, carries the Godolphin hopes in the Irish Oaks at The Curragh.

The Dubawi filly, however, has a huge task against the John Gosden-trained Investec Oaks winner Enable and O’Brien’s pair Rain Goddess and Alluringly, and Dermot Weld’s Eziyra.

Godolphin were in the winner's enclosure at Newmarket on Thursday following a one-two in the Group 2 Princess of Wale’s Stakes for Hawkbill and Frontiersman. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed scooped up the other Group 2 prize with Cardship leading the field home in the July Stakes.