Seismic shift in Godolphin policy in evidence with Newmarket duo
Galileo filly Divine Justice to take on Scat Daddy filly New Jazz on debut
While the racing bonanzas at Goodwood and Galway continue on Saturday, perhaps the most interesting runner of the day is to be found elsewhere, with Divine Justice - the second foal out of German Group 1 heroine Temida - lining up in the 7f Newmarket Equine Hospital EBF Fillies' Novice Stakes on the July course at Newmarket (3.15).
Following the decision of Sheikh Mohammed's operation last year to acquire youngstock of Coolmore sires for the first time in more than a decade, she will be the third two-year-old and second by Galileo to appear in the Godolphin blue this season.
So far the policy change has reaped rich dividends, with Australia filly Beyond Reason - a 370,000gns Book 1 purchase for Rabbah Bloodstock - taking out the 7f Prix Six Perfections at Deauville in late July, her second win in four starts.
Rabbah Bloodstock comprises friends, family members and business associates of Sheikh Mohammed.
Completing that Charlie Appleby-trained trio is Line Of Duty, who was a promising second on both his starts to date. He is a son of Galileo and Jacqueline Quest, the latter first past the post in the 2010 1,000 Guineas before her demotion to second behind Special Duty.
Divine Justice, snapped up for 390,000gns at Book 1 by Rabbah Bloodstock, is the second of three known foals out of Temida, an eased-down winner of the Grosser Preis Von Bayern at Munich. She in turn is a granddaughter of Interim, a high-class middle-distance performer in the US and dam of top-flight handicap scorer Midships.
With William Buick at Goodwood to ride Haddaf in the Stewards' Cup, Colm O'Donoghue has been declared to ride.
Whether by accident or design, among Divine Justice's rivals with experience is the John Gosden-trained New Jazz.
Knocked down for $550,000, she was among a pair of Scat Daddy's offspring purchased by Sheikh Mohammed's new-look buying team at last year's Keeneland September Sale in the wake of long-standing chief executive John Ferguson's departure.
The daughter of Listed runner-up Seanchai will not race in blue however, but rather the maroon and white silks the Sheikh handed down to his daughter Sheikha Al Jalila.
The filly, who will be ridden by Frankie Dettori, had her first start over course and distance in a maiden won previously by the likes of Ballydoyle and Winters Moon, finishing third to Antonia De Vega and Zagitova, both of whom hold Moyglare Stud Stakes entries.
Godolphin also went to $800,000 at the same sale to acquire Art Song, a colt out of Practice, now in training with Charlie Appleby. His dam is a half-sister to the Lingfield Derby Trial third Christophermarlowe and shares her granddam with Majectic Queen, Muthmir and My Titania.
Among the others with form in the book is Posted, a Kingman half-sister to high-class middle-distance runner Time On, though perhaps Divine Justice's biggest challenge will come from those making their first start.
The Saeed Bin Suroor-trained Dubai Beauty will, like Divine Justice, appear in the Godolphin blue and will be ridden by Oisin Murphy. She is a Frankel half-sister to the Listed-placed miler Petticoat out of the Height Of Fashion Stakes runner-up Minidress, by Street Cry.
Twist 'N' Shake, a 180,000gns Kingman filly out of Listed scorer Hippy Hippy Shake, could have her connections dancing a jig should she prevail. Kingman memorably opened his account on the July course, as did his highest-rated son Calyx.
Daring Venture, a €190,000 Goffs purchase, is by exciting young sire Dabirsim out of Galileo mare Glorious Adventure. She is trained by Roger Varian for Sheikh Juma Dalmook Al Maktoum and will be ridden by David Egan.
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