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Godolphin buys Saratoga Springs.

GODOLPHIN has shown the strength of its intent to stay at the head of world affairs in 1999 by the purchase for an undisclosed sum of Saratoga Springs to run in the Dubai World Cup.

The deal with Ireland's all-conquering Ballydoyle syndicates, including principal owner Michael Tabor, represents the first piece of bloodstock business between the powers of European racing.

The three-year-old colt at the centre of the deal has been off the track since finishing unplaced in the Budweiser Irish Derby, but is a Group 1 winner in the Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster.

He will join an already formidable team of older horses for Godolphin that includes leading miler Intikhab, 1,000 Guineas winner Cape Verdi, Eclipse winner Daylami, Arc contender Sea Wave, Derby second City Honours and St Leger hero Nedawi.

In targeting the son of El Gran Senor at the Dubai World Cup-which Sheikh Mohammed won with Singspiel in 1997 and for whom Swain was a gallant second this year-Godolphin has signalled no let-up in its quest for success around the globe.

"We are hoping that he will adapt to the sand," said Godolphin racing manager Simon Crisford, confirming the deal. "He's a tough, quality horse."

Aidan O'Brien, who has trained Saratoga Springs, said of the deal: "He's done very well for us and let's hope he can go on."

Running in Tabor's colours, Saratoga Springs has proved himself one of the toughest horses around, running in the French, Epsom and Irish Derbies in the space of 29 days this summer.

His best run of that trio of Classic bids came in the first, the Prix du Jockey-Club, in which he was fourth to Dream Well on ground that didn't suit him.

His chance at Epsom may have been affected by the late arrival of the Ballydoyle horses due to travel problems.

Before his run at Chantilly, Saratoga Springs won a competitive Grosvenor Casinos Dante Stakes, beating City Honours by half a length on his seasonal debut.

His biggest success from four wins as a juvenile came in the Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster when beating Mudeer by a short head.
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Title Annotation:Sports
Author:Griffiths, Richard
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Sep 27, 1998
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