Godolphin Team Head To York
Godolphin's 6yo heroine of the G1 Dubai Duty Free, Sajjhaa (King's Best USA), and breezy winner of the Dubai Gold Cup, Cavalryman (Halling USA), both head the Godolphin contingent to York.
Sajjhaa is in the G2 Middleton Stakes, 10.5f, on May 16 before transferring to North America. Connections are considering the E P Taylor or Flower Bowl for her.
Cavalryman joins Opinion Poll in the G3 14f Yorkshire Cup on May 17.
Secret Number, who blew his chance in the UAE Derby settling for third, tackles the G2 Dante Stakes, 10f, on May 16.
Mental and Soul race in the Duke of York Stakes May 15.
Encke vs Camelot (Again) In Lochinge
The horse who spoiled Camelot's chances to win the 3yo's Triple Crown, Godolphin's Encke USA (Kingmambo USA), will challenge Aidan O'Brien's 2012 Guineas/Derby winner, Camelot IRE (Galileo IRE) and his Most Improved IRE (Lawman FR) in the G1 JLT Lochinge Stakes, 1m, at Newbury Racecourse on May 18th.
The Lochinge is one of Britain's earliest Group 1 races of the season for older horses.
It was won in 2012 by the world's highest-rated Flat horse, Frankel (Galileo IRE), who is now retired to stud at Juddmonte Farms.
Animal Kingdom To Royal Ascot
Team Valor and co-owners of Animal Kingdom USA, Arrowfield Stud of Australia, are very tempted to run their $10 million Dubai World Cup champion in either the Prince of Wales's Stakes or the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot this June.
His British-born trainer Graham Motion prefers the 1m opening race of the Meet on June 19, the Queen Anne Stakes, won by Frankel in 2012.
The POW is 1m3f on Day 2, June 20, and was won by So You Think NZ in 2012.
Both races are run on Turf, the Dubai World Cup on Tapeta (AW) and the Kentucky Derby on Dirt.
Animal Kingdom is a 1m to 1m2f (1¼m) specialist and is versatile enough to have won races on all three surfaces: Turf, AW and Dirt.
He is the first horse since Silver Charm to win both the Kentucky Derby and Dubai World Cup.
AK is also the first American horse to win the DWC since Well Armed in 2009.
Silver Charm won the KD in 1997 and the DWC in 1998 when both races were run on Dirt.
Animal Kingdom had his career first run on Dirt in the 2011 Kentucky Derby surging explosively ahead in the Classic for three-year olds.
He was so impressive and always looked capable of becoming a Triple Crown winner except for jockey interference in the Preakness and an injury in the Belmont which threatened to end his career at three.
Motion, who has trained in the USA for 30 years, never gave up on "the best horse I have trained".
He was second in the Breeders' Cup Mile to Wise Dan when he was boxed in, but his class overcame an impossible position and he might have won with an earlier run. His jockey R Bejarano shared blame and has been replaced by Joel Rosario.
Animal Kingdom has been one of the unluckiest great horses who should have been.
His dam Dalicia GER is bred from two powerful European lines. Her sire was Acatenango GER and her dam by Juddmonte's legendary Dancing Brave USA (Lyphard USA).
He is the son of Lesroidesanimaux USA, who is a half brother to Invasor ARG - winner of Uruguay's Triple Crown, two Dubai World Cups and the Breeders' Cup Classic.
Invasor was raced by Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum and resides at his Shadwell Farm, KY.
They are both brilliant sons of Candy Stripes USA who at 31 is retired.
Not only is Animal Kingdom a strikingly handsome chestnut with a kind temperment, but his versatility and exceptional breeding make him an exciting stallion prospect.
*Lucky America: Darley America bought a 29% share in Animal Kingdom and he will take up Northern Hemisphere duties at its Jonabell Farm in Lexington, KY, and will stand in the Southern Hemisphere at John Messara's Arrowfield Stud.
Black Caviar And Bro To Royal Ascot
Following her 24th straight career victory, connections of 7yo Black Caviar AUS (Bel Esprit AUS) announced plans for her to return to Royal Ascot for the 5f King's Stand Stakes opening day June 18.
She will then travel to Frankel at Juddmonte Farms where they shall breed - a world champion no doubt.
Her half brother, 4yo All Too Hard AUS (Casino Prince AUS), may face 5yo Animal Kingdom in the 1m Queen Anne Stakes.
He has won two 7f races at Caufield this February and may be ready for a mile (8f).
Two More DWC Winners to Royal Ascot
South Africa's Shea Shea (National Emblem SAF), winner of the G1 Al Quoz Sprint, will face Black Caviar AUS (Bel Esprit AUS) in the 5f King's Stand at Royal Ascot.
Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum's brilliant Soft Falling Rain SAF (National Assembly SAF), winner of the G2 Godolphin Mile, will race in the Queen Anne possibly against Animal Kingdom.
Gentildonna To Arc
Sei Ishizaka, trainer of Japan's Triple Crown 3yo filly Gentildonna, is undaunted by her 2¼-length second to St Nicholas Abbey IRE (Montjeu IRE) in the Dubai Sheema Classic, 1m4f.
He intends to bring her to Europe in the Fall to compete in the Arc de Triomphe October 6.
In the paddock before the DWC, Gentildonna was dripping sweat, on her toes and thrashing her tail. Even visors did not calm her.
The Sheema was her first race in 2013 after defeating Orfevre JPN (Stay Gold JPN) by a controversial nose in the Japan Cup November 25.
Technically, she should have lost the race for interference, but the two horses are owned by the Sunday Racing Co Ltd and the Rules were not enforced.
Her jockey, Yasunari Iwata, let St Nick get ahead of her in the Sheema Classic. She looked bewildered and had no final kick to close him down.
She returned very tired.
Gentildonna will fly the colours of her great sire, Deep Impact JPN, in the Arc which is run at the same distance as the Sheema Classic - 1m4f (1½m, 2400m).
Deep Impact should never have lost his Arc.
Let us hope his daughter has better luck and jockeyship when she faces Orfevre again in their attemt to give Japan its first victory in the Arc.