Godolphin chase another Fillies' Mile with Ihtimal
IHTIMAL lines up in the Group 1 Shadwell Fillies' Mile (3.15) at Newmarket today attempting to maintain Godolphin's iron grip on the contest.
Trained by Saeed Bin Suroor, Ihtimal heads to Newmarket as the winner of the Sweet Solera Stakes and the May Hill Stakes and as a leading candidate for the Qipco 1,000 Guineas and Investec Oaks.
White Moonstone, Lyric Of Light and Certify have won the last three editions of the Fillies' Mile for Godolphin and Ihtimal is second favourite behind Rizeena to make it four in a row.
Bin Suroor said: "Ihtimal won nicely at Doncaster and came out of that Group 2 race sound and healthy. She is taking another step up in class, but she is in good form at the moment. Ihtimal is not the biggest, but she tries very hard and I am hopeful of another good effort."
The last non-Godolphin filly to win this race was Hibaayeb in 2009, trained by Clive Brittain, who saddles impressive Moyglare Stakes winner Rizeena.
While Ihtimal is already a winner over a mile, Rizeena, winner of the Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot, has yet to tackle the trip.
Brittain said: "The way she works and the way she won in Ireland suggested that an extra furlong won't be a hindrance to her at all."
The going at Newmarket dried overnight to good to firm, good in places while racing also takes place at Haydock, Worcester, Wolverhampton, Dundalk and Downpatrick today.
William Haggas has a 38 per cent strike-rate (3-8) with juvenile with juvenile debutants at Haydock this century. Kaheyell makes his debut for the trainer in the 6f maiden (3.00)
Newmarket: Good to firm, good in places
Worcester: Good, good to firm in places
Wolverhampton: Standard to slow
Downpatrick: Good to firm