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Godolphin Horses To Follow In 2016 - USA

J A McGrath
Some key horses to follow in the USA this season, with updates on their progress from their trainers

Chestnut gelding 4yo (Distorted Humor - Calla Lily)
Eoin Harty: A tough, hardened campaigner, who has faced some tough opposition in his time. He has had a decent break - because he needed it - and bounced back with an acceptable first run of the year. He will most likely ship to Arlington for a summer Stakes campaign.

Roan/grey mare 5yo (Tapit - Tout Charmant)
Kiaran McLaughlin: Unfortunately, her last race, the G1 Vinery Madison drew a particularly strong line-up, including a couple of seasoned Breeders' Cup winners. It was a solid effort to finish 6th to Sheer Drama, given the competition and her very wide draw. She will be campaigned patiently, with a summer target at either Belmont or Saratoga. Long-term, it is the G1 Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint.

Bay colt 3yo (Bernardini - Tweeter)
Tom Albertrani: He is a colt, who has been a slow learner, but there are encouraging signs he is getting there. He had a great win at Gulfstream in March. He shipped to Keeneland to run in the G3 Lexington Stakes, in which he finished a creditable 4th. He will be a summer Stakes horse, probably more G2 and G3 level, but is still one to watch.

Grey colt 4yo (Tapit - Fast Cookie)
Kiaran McLaughlin: Returned home safely following his Dubai campaign. Will now be pointed towards the G2 Suburban Handicap or the G1 Stephen Foster Handicap, then to the G1 Whitney Stakes, then the G1 Woodward or G1 Jockey Club Gold Cup. Hopefully, his four-year-old campaign will conclude with a second crack at the G1 Breeders' Cup Classic. Classy and durable.

Bay/brown colt 4yo (Medaglia d'Oro - Cocoa Beach)
Kiaran McLaughlin: This very well-regarded colt is a versatile type. He ran well on turf, winning at Belmont, but when switched to dirt he finished a good 2nd in the G2 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes at Churchill Downs. Niggling injuries then held him back, but following a long break he has returned stronger than ever. He is ok on dirt, but much prefers the turf. He is expected to be a solid Stakes horse this summer.

Bay filly 3yo (Bernardini - Fast Cookie)
Kiaran McLaughlin: A half-sister to Frosted, this filly shows plenty of ability, talent and class. She has had minor niggling issues that have kept her off the track, but it is likely she will make her debut at Belmont on May 8. She works with Kareena. One to watch out for.

Bay filly 4yo (Bernardini - Golden Velvet)
Eoin Harty: A tough and consistent filly, who gives everything in her races. She will have an entry in the G3 Doubledogdare Stakes at Keeneland this week. She should run well but has drawn wide. She is expected to be a mid-West Stakes horse this summer.

Bay filly 3yo (Medaglia d'Oro - India)
Kiaran McLaughlin: A $400,000 yearling purchase, she was unraced as a two-year-old because of niggling issues. She was very impressive on debut when second at Gulfstream in March, and then backed up last weekend in a Maiden Special Weight at Keeneland to open her winning account. She has a bright future and will have targets at Saratoga in the summer.

Bay colt 4yrs (Bernardini -- Seventh Street)
Kiaran McLaughlin: A winner at Meydan, then 4th in the G2 Godolphin Mile on Dubai World Cup Night. Has settled back into his 'home' routine, and his first significant target will be the G1 Met Mile at Belmont at the end of May.

Bay mare 5yo (Bernardini - Composure)
Kiaran McLaughlin: She came out of her 4th in the G1 Santa Margarita in good form. She has shipped to Churchill Downs and is being pointed towards the G1 La Troienne on Kentucky Oaks Day. Her long term goal is likely to be the G1 Breeders' Cup Distaff. She is scheduled to work next week at Churchill Downs.

Bay filly 4yo (Medaglia d'Oro - Golden Way)
Kiaran McLaughlin: This filly is currently in Godolphin's Keeneland barn, having had a few months off following her solid 4th in the G1 Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf. She had some minor debris removed from both fronts and has been given plenty of time off. She looks fantastic. Her ultimate goal is another crack at the Breeders' Cup. She is likely to commence her campaign in New York before heading to California.

Bay colt 4yo (Bernardini - Thousand Islands)
Kiaran McLaughlin: 6th in the G1 Al Maktoum Challenge (Round 3) at Meydan on March 5. Back home now, he is more of a late summer prospect. He could possibly try the G1 Whitney Stakes, but he will probably be campaigned along a separate path to stablemate Frosted.

Bay filly 3yo (Medaglia d'Oro - Raw Silk)
Tom Albertrani: This filly has been off a while because of a splint but she is coming back nicely. She will probably be a late summer type. She won her maiden at Belmont in September and has matured nicely from two to three, and is well-liked by her trainer. She has the potential to pick up some black type this year.

Horses to Follow in 2016 - USA