Tribalist & Blue Trail set to travel following Listed wins


Tribalist and Blue Trail both opened up international options after Listed victories in France and the UK last week.

Farrh colt Tribalist enhanced his enviable record at Saint-Cloud as he posted a fifth course win when gamely taking Friday’s Listed Prix Tantieme, following up his success earlier this season in the G3 Prix Edmond Blanc and G2 Prix du Muguet.

Having finished third to Modern Games in the 2022 G1 Poule d'Essai des Poulains, Tribalist looks set for a return to G1 company in next month’s Hong Kong Mile.

Blue Trail could also be kept busy over the winter after a battling head success in the Listed Churchill Stakes at Lingfield Park on Saturday.

A trip to Bahrain in February is one possibility for the four-year-old, who could alternatively head to Dubai or remain in the UK for the all-weather season.

First Mission made a winning return from injury at Keeneland last month and the G3 Lexington Stakes scorer will be hoping to emulate Darley stallions Maxfield and Proxy with victory in Friday’s G2 Clark Stakes at Churchill Downs.

G1 Frizette Stakes runner-up Central Avenue is due to line-up at the same Thanksgiving weekend meeting as she goes in search of more Kentucky Oaks qualifying points in the G2 Golden Rod Stakes on Saturday.

Fair Grounds has proven a rich hunting ground for the royal blue silks in recent years, with Pretty Mischievous, Proxy, Santin, Matareya, Maxfield and Mystic Guide all having run at the course.

Godolphin’s first runners of the season at the New Orleans track include Twice As Sweet, who tackles the Pan Zareta Stakes on Saturday.