Preview Of Godolphin July Meeting Runners - Day Three
Four-year-old Shamardal colt Flash Fire goes for a second heritage handicap victory this year in the Bunbury Cup (17.10hrs local time), with five-year-old Kickboxer also lining up in the historic seven-furlong contest on day three of the July Festival at Newmarket, UK, on Saturday, July 9.
Flash Fire (Charlie Appleby/James Doyle) was the decisive winner of the Victoria Cup, also over seven furlongs, at Ascot on May 7, but failed to beat a rival at the same course on his latest appearance in the six-furlong Wokingham Handicap on June 18.
Charlie Appleby said: "Flash Fire has gone up in the weights but going back to seven furlongs on quick ground will suit."
Kickboxer (Saeed bin Suroor/Adam Kirby), a five-time winner over five and six furlongs, has made two starts in six-furlong handicaps this season, most recently when fading to eighth on soft ground at Windsor on June 25.
Saeed bin Suroor commented: "Kickboxer has come out of Windsor in good form where he ran slightly below par. The seven furlongs should be fine and he seems in good form."
Also on Saturday's card, progressive three-year-olds Hornsby (Charlie Appleby/Harry Bentley) and Silent Attack (Saeed bin Suroor/James Doyle) try for more success on the July Course in the Mile handicap (15.25hrs local time).
Dubawi colt Hornsby captured a maiden on the July Course last year and also scored on his seasonal debut in a mile handicap, gaining a neck verdict at Doncaster on June 24.
Silent Attack, by Dream Ahead, has been successful on his two most recent starts, including a two-length handicap success over the same course and distance on June 23.
Charlie Appleby declared: "I was delighted with Hornsby's reappearance at Doncaster. He took that race well and I am looking forward to taking him back to the races."
Saeed bin Suroor reported: "Silent Attack has come out of Newmarket in good shape. The quicker ground is a slight worry but he seems to be progressing and I feel he is a horse on an upward curve."