Godolphin Horses To Follow In 2016 - UK
Here is a selection of Godolphin's UK-trained horses to follow in the coming season, as supplied by the trainers, with comments on each.
Reports on several other high-profile runners not mentioned in this article will be updated as the season progresses.
Bay colt 4yo (Lope De Vega - Danaskaya)
Trainer Roger Varian: "Belardo has come out of his race (win) at Doncaster last Saturday in good order. The plan is to take him to Sandown for the G2 Mile on April 22. I'm confident he's in for a big year, and I have my sights on the G1 Lockinge Stakes at Newbury and the G1 Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot as long term targets."
Bay colt 3yo (Dark Angel - Layla Jamil)
Trainer Richard Fahey: "He has wintered well. We have given him a little longer to recover after travelling to America at the back end of last season. He has stepped up in his work in the last 3 weeks and I am very happy with him."
Chestnut colt 3yo (Poet's Voice - Classical Dancer)
Trainer Saeed bin Suroor: "He won his only race last season and has done well during the winter. He's ready to go, and you will see him some time in April. I believe he is going to be effective from 7f to 10f. I think you will be hearing lots more of him. He has a bright future.
Brown colt 3yo (Shamardal - Cassandra Go)
Trainer Charlie Appleby: "I have had a high opinion of this colt for some time. He is beautifully bred and showed promise when 3rd in a Leicester maiden last September on his only outing.
Bay colt 3yo (Exceed And Excel - Magic Nymph)
Trainer Charlie Appleby: "He lived up to expectations when winning his second start last season, a 7f Goodwood maiden in early August. He has been pleasing me at home and he is set to run in a handicap over a mile at Newmarket during the Guineas meeting. "
Bay/brown colt 3yo (Distorted Humor - Michita)
Trainer Saeed bin Suroor: "I feel this colt has a lot of potential. His mother is a sister to Willing Foe, who was a good horse for us. I was very pleased with his debut when 4th in a Newmarket maiden last September. He should go on improving this season.
Brown colt 4yo (Halling - Swain's Gold)
Trainer John Gosden: "He is being aimed at either the G2 Jockey Club Stakes at Newmarket or the G3 Aston Park Stakes at Newbury, which will be his prep race for the G1 Coronation Cup at Epsom in June. His long-term plans will hopefully include the G1 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot in July and the G1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp at the back end of the season."
Bay colt 3yo (Lope De Vega - Dazzle Dancer)
Trainer John Gosden: "He was placed on both his outings last season. He is a nice horse, who has been progressing well. The plan is to start him off at the Craven Meeting next week.
Bay colt 3yo (Iffraaj - Mujarah)
Trainer Richard Fahey: "I have been very pleased with his work and I am looking forward to running him in the G3 Prix Djebel in Paris on Thursday this week. He gives me every indication he will improve with experience.
Bay horse 5yo (Arakan - Danetime Out)
Trainer Richard Hannon: "He's been great at home. He's feeling well. He's a gentleman, very straightforward to deal with. We plan to go for the G2 Mile at Sandown, then the G1 Lockinge at Newbury."