Convey off to chase a fistful of dollars in Hong Kong
Sir Michael Stoute
The Winter Derby and Easter Classic winner was in action on Wednesday morning under Kevin Bradshaw on the Al Bahathri, where he mixed it with the useful Poet's Word over seven furlongs. The five-year-old is booked for a first overseas trip to owner Robert Ng's domain in Hong Kong and is entered in the Group 1 Champions Mile on May 7 which has a purse of HK $16 million (£1.6m).
A day after hosting a Newmarket press event, Gosden had only his son Thady for company on the Al Bahathri at second lot, where his strong team of fillies were again to the fore. This Newmarket maiden winner could be next off the Clarehaven star production line judging by the way she travelled under Frankie Dettori. The daughter of Redoute's Choice heads back to the Rowley Mile for the Listed Pretty Polly Stakes on 1,000 Guineas day, a race her trainer has won for the past three years.
The driest spring in East Anglia for more than a decade meant the watered gallop opened earlier than ever and Varian was out early to bag the best of it with last year's Ribblesdale runner-up. The daughter of Teofilo finally lost her maiden tag at Lingfield last month and will try to add some bold lettering to her black type in a Listed contest at Goodwood on Saturday week.
To Be Wild
Kelso clerk of the course Anthea Morshead was an unlikely sight on the watered gallop on Tuesday morning and certainly brought the Scottish Borders weather with her as the mercury was at 0C at 6am. Thankfully, this four-year-old warmed up proceedings when shining in his exercise under Josephine Gordon and looks to have moved forward from his return to action at Newcastle on Good Friday.
Saeed Bin Suroor
One of only two Frankel offspring at Godolphin Stables – the other is Greenham runner-up Dream Castle – this filly did not cut much ice on her recent debut at Chelmsford but looked a different proposition in a pair of blinkers on the watered gallop. Related to a Group 3 winner, the three-year-old may retain the headgear at Beverley on Monday.