Verdi to race on but Embassy is retired; 1,000 winner out for year while Intikhab is doubtful for Ascot.
TIME has run out this year for two of Godolphin's brilliant fillies, Cape Verdi and Embassy, although connections hope the former will return to action next season, writes Matt Chapman.
In other Godolphin news, top miler mil·er
One that competes in races one mile long.
an athlete, horse, etc., that specializes in races of one mile
Noun 1. Intikhab is unlikely to be ready for the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes The Queen Elizabeth II Stakes is a Group 1 flat horse race in the United Kingdom for three-year-old and above thoroughbreds. It is run over a distance of 1 mile at Ascot Racecourse in late September. at Ascot on September 26, while impressive Group 2 Great Voltigeur victor Sea Wave looks likely to emerge as the operation's No. 1 St Leger hope.
Cape Verdi, so impressive in the Sagitta 1,000 Guineas, has been off the track since disappointing in the Vodafone Derby. Simon Crisford, Godolphin's racing manager, said last night: "She was fine after the Derby but then fractured a pastern pastern
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see greasy heel. while training for the Sussex Stakes.
"She will not run again this season but we are hoping she will stay in training. We are expecting a complete recovery and her racing career should not be jeopardised by her injury."
Embassy headed the 1997 International Classifications for juvenile fillies after landing the Group 3 Princess Margaret Stakes The Princess Margaret Stakes is a Group 3 flat horse race in the United Kingdom for two-year-old thoroughbred fillies. It is run over a distance of 6 furlongs (1,207 metres) at Ascot Racecourse in July. at Ascot and the Group 1 Cheveley Park Stakes The Cheveley Park Stakes is a Group 1 flat horse race in the United Kingdom for two-year-old thoroughbred fillies. It is run over a distance of 6 furlongs (1,207 metres) at Newmarket's Rowley Mile course in late September or early October. at Newmarket. She was also beaten just a short head by Cape Verdi when giving her 3lb in the Lowther.
Although Embassy was winter favourite for the 1,000 Guineas, she did not make the racecourse at three.
Crisford explained: "Embassy has been retired and will be sent to one of Sheikh sheikh
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"We've been trying to get her ready to run but she's just never pleased us. It's a great shame as she was so good last season."
Meanwhile, it had been hoped that impressive Group 2 Queen Anne Stakes The Queen Anne Stakes is a Group 1 flat horse race in the United Kingdom for four-year-old and above thoroughbreds run over a distance of 1 mile at Ascot Racecourse during the Royal Ascot meeting in June. winner Intikhab would return in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes after being kept off the track with an "irritating splint splint, rigid or semiflexible device for the immobilization of displaced or fractured parts of the body. Most commonly employed for fractures of bones, a splint may be a first-aid measure that allows the patient to be moved without displacing the injured part, or it problem".
Crisford continued: "We are still hoping to run Intikhab at Ascot, but we are behind schedule and I have to say it's unlikely he'll be ready.
"It is not a serious problem but we can't push him, and if Ascot has to be missed he will be aimed at the Breeders' Cup Mile."
Looking ahead to next month's St Leger on September 12, Crisford said: "Sea Wave was very impressive at York and we are very much aiming him at the St Leger. Central Park is another possibility, and we are thinking about the race for Nedawi, although he might have an alternative in the Prix Niel [at Longchamp on September 13]."