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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 Intikhab is unlikely to be ready for the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes 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 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 at Ascot and the Group 1 Cheveley Park Stakes 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 Mohammed's studs. She was a champion last year and was training really well in Dubai during the winter, but then after being back in Britain for a month she lost her form.

"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 winner Intikhab would return in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes after being kept off the track with an "irritating splint 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]."
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