Farhh Has Royal Ascot Options
Farhh could remain over a straight mile for the Group One Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot on June 18 following his scintillating win in the JLT Lockinge Stakes at Newbury on Saturday, May 18.
The Godolphin racing manager Simon Crisford said: "We were slightly concerned about the trip for Farhh today but he did it so well that we may well consider the Queen Anne Stakes for him now.
"He is in the Prince Of Wales's Stakes as well and we will weigh up both races, keep our options open and speak to HH Sheikh Mohammed about what he wants to do.
"Farhh deserved to win a big race because he kept on finishing second to the best horse of all time last year in Frankel. It was fantastic to see him win a Group One so well.
"He surprised me today because he has been a very difficult horse to train and Saeed has really had to tip-toe very quietly with him. He has really done that very impressively today and it's a major boost for the stable."
Animal Kingdom is to have his racing swansong in the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot before taking up stud duties in Australia.
The impressive Dubai World Cup winner also holds an entry in the Prince of Wales's Stakes over a mile and a quarter at the Royal meeting, but connections feel the one-mile contest will help promote him more as a stallion in the southern hemisphere.
The five-year-old, winner of the Kentucky Derby in 2011, is currently being housed at David Lanigan's stables in Lambourn in preparation for Royal Ascot under the scrutiny of his trainer Graham Motion.
"We had discussed the possibility of either the Queen Anne Stakes or the Prince of Wales's Stakes, but after walking the course, I feel the mile in the Queen Anne will afford our horse plenty of ground," Motion told www.teamvalor.com.
"We had only considered the other race because it is run over the same mile-and-a-quarter distance as the Kentucky Derby and World Cup.
"The owners (Arrowfield Stud, Sheikh Mohammed and Team Valor International) prefer a credential for the horse at a mile and I think the uphill nature of the Ascot course will be a stiff enough test to allow his stamina to come into play.
"The mile at Ascot is closer to a mile-and-an-eighth race in America because of the layout and if Animal Kingdom were racing in America at this time, we probably would be running him over that distance.
"The Queen Anne also fits nicely into my training schedule for Animal Kingdom since we freshened him up after his trip to Dubai."
Queen Anne Stakes (British Champions Series) (Group 1) (Str)
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