Atty Persse and Frontiersman out to make it a big day for Godolphin at Newmarket on Thursday


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Atty Persse lines up in the opening Bahrain Trophy while Godolphin also look to hold a strong hand in the Princess Of Wales’s Stakes with Frontiersman and Hawkbill

ATTY PERSSE steps up in grade for the Bahrain Trophy at Newmarket on Thursday.

The three-year-old relished the step up to a mile and a half when landing the King George V Handicap at Royal Ascot on his last start.


He tackles an extra furlong in this Group 3 contest and trainer Roger Charlton does not expect it to be an inconvenience.

“He surprised us at Ascot. I thought he produced an amazing performance from a wide draw. The last furlong and a half looked good,” Charlton told At The Races.


Atty Persse leads the field home at Royal Ascot

“Clearly stepping up to a mile and a half has been to his advantage and I see no reason why an extra furlong won’t aid us further.”

Atty Persse carries the colours of Godolphin, who are also represented by Wolf Country and Tamleek.



Tamleek flopped at Royal Ascot behind stablemate Benbatl

Wolf Country has not raced since finishing fifth in the Dante Stakes over what his trainer Charlie Appleby is convinced was an inadequate trip.

“I am looking forward to stepping him back up in trip after he finished fifth last time in the Dante. He travelled strongly but he got tapped for toe turning in,” said the Newmarket handler.

“He did well winning his Listed race in the spring but dropping him back to 10 (furlongs) for the Dante was blatantly not his thing.

“This is a trial for him ahead of a possible run in the St Leger.”

Tamleek is trained by Saeed bin Suroor, who is also looking for an improved display after he failed to strike a blow at Royal Ascot in the Hampton Court Stakes won by stablemate Benbatl.

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Godolphin will be hoping for a big day at Newmarket as Frontiersman lines up in the Princess Of Wales’s Arqana Stakes later on the card.


The lightly raced four-year-old will attempt to go one better than when second to Highland Reel in the Coronation Cup at Epsom on his latest start.

Highland Reel


Frontiersman (red cap) chases home Highland Reel in the Coronation Cup

Trainer Appleby also saddled Hawkbill, but said: “Frontiersman is our number one contender. He has done nothing but please us of late.

“I am applying the cheekpieces just to help him concentrate. I think they have all got him to beat.

Charlie Appleby is putting the cheekpieces on Frontiersman to help him


Charlie Appleby is putting the cheekpieces on Frontiersman to help him

“It was a big step up at Epsom and we were delighted with the run as he backed up what he was showing us at home and that is why we supplemented him.

“If he goes and wins this then he will book his ticket to the King George.”

Hawkbill was third in the Coronation Cup, but disappointed in the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud at the start of this month.


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Hawkbill was disappointing in France on his last start

Appleby added: “He travelled a bit in and out in France and he did that when he went there in the spring. Those trips don’t seem to suit the horse so I don’t think we will do it again.

“He gives us two nice contenders in the race.”

Poet’s Word bids to provide Sir Michael Stoute with a 10th victory in the mile and a half contest.


The seven-runner field is completed by the John Gosden-trained trio of Muntahaa, Wings Of Desire and Western Hymn, and Algometer from David Simcock’s yard.

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