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Daylami rerouted to Ascot.

THE speculation about Daylami's participation in today's Coral- Eclipse Stakes finally ended yesterday when the grey, supplemented for the Group 1 event at a cost of pounds 15,000, was absent from the list of overnight declarations, writes Tom Goff.

The five-year-old will now be aimed at a clash with Derby hero Oath in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes at Ascot in three weeks' time, and later, a possible tilt at the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe in October.

Trainer Saeed Bin Suroor said that Daylami needed more time to get over his win in last month's Coronation Cup and that he could now to stick to a mile and a half.

"He's had a busy few months," said Bin Suroor. "He ran in the Dubai World Cup and in Ireland before he won at Epsom and he has a busy schedule towards the end of the season."

The King George carries great importance for Sheikh Mohammed's operation, not only because of its prestige and value but also because Dubai's national airline, Emirates, sponsors the inaugural World Series, of which the Ascot race is the British leg.

Godolphin have 14 entries, which also include Sea Wave, Dubai Millennium, Cape Verdi and Kayf Tara.

With High-Rise off the track since his poor run in the Dubai World Cup and Mutafaweq finishing a tame fifth in the Irish Derby, Daylami has moved swiftly to the helm of their King George team.

"We are looking forward to it and it's his No. 1 target," added Bin Suroor.


Coral: 4 Oath, 6 Daylami, 7 Fruits Of Love, 8 Daliapour, 10 bar.

n Lear Spear-without the tail. Xaar's rival cost $25,000 (about pounds 16,000).

Almost 10 Vita Spericolatas-yesterday's Listed Dragon Stakes winner cost trainer John Wainwright 1,500gns. Nearly 577 tickets for friends and family to see the Eclipse from the Grandstand Enclosure, or exactly 1,000 Club badges.

6,000 pints of lager while watching the racing.

7,500 goes at the Scoop6-the Tote's new Saturday bet.
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Title Annotation:Sports
Author:Goff, Tom
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Jul 3, 1999
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