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Daylami in sparkling form at HQ; 7-2 King George favourite delights Godolphin team.

DAYLAMI, 7-2 favourite with Hills for the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes at Ascot on Saturday week, gave an illustration of his well-being when producing a vintage performance on the Newmarket gallops yesterday.

The five-year-old grey, who sidestepped the Coral-Eclipse Stakes in favour of a crack at Ascot's midsummer highlight, has not been seen since scoring a convincing win over Royal Anthem in the Coronation Cup at Epsom.

But yesterday's performance under Frankie Dettori showed that he is bang on course for the pounds 600,000 showpiece.

Daylami, one of five Godolphin horses in the King George, was taken along at a very decent clip in his work by fellow entry Central Park, who did such a good job in slowing down the early pace at Epsom and could yet provide a similar service at Ascot.

With another lead horse for company on the Round Gallop, Central Park carried Daylami to the mile marker where Dettori set him about his work.

He lengthened in fine fashion to finish the gallop at least eight lengths to the good, and looks to be at the very top of his game.

When asked about the chances of Central Park acting as a "slow" pacemaker at Ascot, Godolphin racing manager Simon Crisford would not be drawn, saying: "Daylami is our only firm runner at this stage and Frankie rides him.

"He's going well and we were pleased with him this morning.

"We've also got Central Park, Kayf Tara, Sea Wave and Nedawi entered, but we won't be making any final decision about them until the middle of next week."

Godolphin are no strangers to the use of pacemakers. In the 1998 King George, Happy Valentine was used intelligently to set a scorching gallop to help Swain land the Group 1 race for the second year running.

Daylami was fourth that day, beaten by just three lengths.

The prospect of no gallop in the King George failed to get the connections of Derby hero Oath off the bridle.

Willie Carson, racing manager for The Thoroughbred Corporation, said: "If the Godolphin team think they can repeat what they did at Epsom, then they might be mistaken.

"Oath, arguably, has as much speed as Daylami.

"He always travels on the snaffle in his races and is as effective over 10 furlongs as he is over 12."

One horse who won't be making the running is Noel Meade's Sunshine Street, confirmed yesterday as an intended starter.

"He worked this morning and he runs," said the Navan trainer.

"I'm hoping that John Murtagh will be available to ride. We won't make the running as we've set it up for others in the past by going off in front."

BETTING

Hills: 7-2 Daylami, 4 Fruits Of Love, Oath, 6 Daliapour, 7 Silver Patriarch, 20 Caitano, Indigenous (from 33), Sunshine Street, Tchaikovsky, 25 Borgia, 33 Central Park, Salford Express, 50 Secret Saver.
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Author:Goff, Tom
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Jul 14, 1999
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