Territories to miss Royal Ascot show

The most likely next target for Territories is the Prix Jean Prat at Chantilly on July 12.



By Hisham Al Gizouli (chief Reporter)

Published: Sat 13 Jun 2015, 10:30 AM

Last updated: Wed 8 Jul 2015, 3:13 PM

Dubai — Godolphin’s Territories have been ruled out of the G-1 St. James Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot on Tuesday, it was confirmed on Friday.

John Ferguson, bloodstock advisor to His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, said: “Unfortunately Territories was not sound this morning and it is understood to be a stone bruise. He will therefore not take up his engagement in the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot.”

However, the most likely next target for Territories is the Prix Jean Prat at Chantilly on July 12.

Trained by Andre Fabre, the three-year-old son of Invincible Spirit finished second to Gleneagles in the Qipco 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket last month after making a winning comeback in the Group 3 Prix de Fontainebleau.

The Godolphin-owned three-year-old was due to form part of a dual challenge on the St James’s Palace Stakes for Fabre, who also has Poule d’Essai des Poulains winner Make Belief in the race.

But, Godolphin remained with Belardo (Roger Varian) a fourth in the Irish 2000 Guineas behind Gleneagles and Latharnach (Charlie Appleby) who’s to face his first Group-1 test.

The stables of Shaikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and UAE Minister of Finance, will be represented with Estidhkar, a poor 14th behind Gleneagles in the English 2000 Guineas.


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