Preview Of Godolphin July Meeting Runners - Day One
Three-year-olds Cymric, Manaboo, Venturous and Strong Challenge feature among Godolphin's non-Group race runners on day one of the July Festival at Newmarket, UK, on Thursday, July 7.
G1 runner-up Cymric (John Gosden/James Doyle) and unexposed filly Manaboo (Charlie Appleby/James McDonald) challenge for the Listed Sir Henry Cecil Stakes (17.30hrs local time) over a mile.
Cymric was beaten a short-neck by Ultra in the G1 Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere last year and the Kitten's Joy colt finished fourth on his latest outing in the mile G1 St James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot on June 14.
Manaboo, a daughter of Hard Spun, has made two starts, both at Goodwood, and heads to Newmarket on the back of a straightforward win in a maiden over the same distance on June 3.
Charlie Appleby said: "Manaboo broke her maiden nicely at Goodwood. She should hopefully be competitive on a sound surface."
There are two Godolphin runners in the £100,000 Betfred Mobile Heritage Handicap (15.45hrs local time) over six furlongs, including Venturous (Charlie Appleby/James McDonald), who readily won a maiden over the same course and distance last year.
The Raven's Pass colt has made three handicap appearances so far this term, most recently when coming home fourth on good to soft ground in the Charity Sprint over the same distance at York on June 11.
Charlie Appleby commented: "Venturous has come out of his last race well. He will be suited to a sounder surface and I am looking forward to getting him back on the July Course where he won his maiden."
The other Godolphin participant is Strong Challenge (Saeed bin Suroor/James Doyle).
He was a non-runner in the Charity Sprint, having finished 11th on his seasonal return in a valuable seven-furlong handicap at Goodwood on May 21.
The Exceed And Excel colt had three outings as a juvenile, including a comfortable victory over subsequent dual G2 scorer Gutaifan in a six-furlong Goodwood maiden.
Saeed bin Suroor reported: "Strong Challenge missed his last engagement due to the soft ground conditions.
"He needs good or better ground to show his best but he has done well since Goodwood, where he needed the race. He has given every indication that he will run well."
Three two-year-old fillies make their debut on the same card, with Manama (Charlie Appleby/James McDonald), a daughter of Cape Cross, running in division one of the British Stallion Studs EBF Fillies' Maiden (16.20hrs local time) over six furlongs.