Godol­phin tar­get Mel­bourne suc­cess

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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.

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