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Racing: COUNT ON A KATIE MOVE; Noseda star filly tipped to join Godolphin ranks.

Byline: DAVID YATES

GODOLPHIN played down speculation yesterday that it has already acquired star filly Carry On Katie to boost the operation's three-year-old battalion next season.

The Jeremy Noseda-trained filly is as low as 12-1 favourite for 1,000 Guineas next May after maintaining her unbeaten record with an impressive success in York's Lowther Stakes last week.

Sheikh Mohammed's friend Mohammed Rashid bought Carry On Katie after her 12-length debut romp at Ascot last month.

And racing's rumour mill insists she is due for a second change of ownership - which would mean a move from Noseda to Saeed bin Suroor.

But Godolphin's racing manager Simon Crisford said yesterday: "People have talked about this simply because the horse is owned by a friend of Sheikh Mohammed, but right now it's not true.

"There is no connection to Godolphin whatsoever, except for the fact that Mohammed Rashid is an associate of Sheikh Mohammed."

Asked whether Godolphin had any plans to buy Carry On Katie, Crisford added: "Who knows? I can't tell what is going to happen, but she hasn't transferred at this time.

"It is wrong of people - and unfair to Jeremy Noseda and Mohammed Rashid - to put two and two together and come up with five."

The operation is due to draw up its shopping list for next year by the end of October - and it will rank as a major shock if Carry On Katie isn't at the top of it.

The Arlington Park stewards gave Godolphin its 100th success at top level when promoting Sulamani to first place in the Arlington Million earlier this month.

But things haven't been so rosy on the domestic front this year, with Hi Dubai's Vodafone Oaks fifth the best it has managed in a British Classic.

Mark Johnston introduced another promising juvenile when Fort, a Derby entry, made a winning debut in the opening race at Epsom yesterday.

The Dr Fong colt, running in the colours of the Highclere Thoroughbred Racing Syndicate, landed a gamble from 3-1 to 2-1 by half a length from Go Between.

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Date:Aug 26, 2003
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