Godolphin target Melbourne success
Godolphin is set to send a strong squad to Australia in November as HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum targets a first victory in the Melbourne Cup. Five horses trained by Saeed bin Suroor and five in the care of Charlie Appleby have been nominated for the G1 Emirates Melbourne Cup, while Tryster has accepted an invitation to run in the G1 Cox Plate. Godolphin have been sending runners for the Cups from their base at Newmarket, England, since 1998, but this is the first time such a wide spread of Melbourne contenders have been assembled under the Royal Blue banner. John Ferguson, Godolphin's chief executive and racing manager, said it is a commitment to one of the world’s great racing carnivals – but, above all, an attempt to win the feature races. “His Highness Sheikh Mohammed would love to win the Melbourne Cup – he has gone close to winning several times,” said Ferguson. “But, he is also interested in targeting other races during the Melbourne Spring Carnival and we believe we have a team of suitable horses for those races.” Meanwhile, there has been favourable reaction at Godolphin to Scottish being weighted at 54.5kg for the G1 Caulfield Cup.