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Monday 23 October 2017

Saamidd in line for clash with Frankel in Dewhurst Stakes

Saamidd is set for a mouth-watering clash with Frankel in the Jumeirah Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket on October 16 after pleasing connections in a racecourse gallop on the Rowley Mile.

Nicknamed 'Pegasus' at home, the Saeed bin Suroor-trained Saamidd shot to the head of the ante-post markets on the 2000 Guineas when winning the Champagne Stakes in great style at Doncaster's St Leger meeting.



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Frankel, meanwhile, is rated the best horse Henry Cecil has had in many a year after a sensational 10-length success in last weekend's Royal Lodge at Ascot, which propelled him to the top of the betting for the Newmarket Classic.

Saamidd worked over seven furlongs under Frankie Dettori in the company of two older lead horses, and pulled a couple of lengths clear.

Godolphin racing manager Simon Crisford said: "That was a solid, three-quarter speed piece of work.

"He will be supplemented for the Dewhurst. We want to keep him at seven furlongs and it was either run in the Dewhurst or the (Prix Jean-Luc) Lagardere (at Longchamp).

"It is a good idea for him to run in the Dewhurst.

"He and Frankel have to meet some time and it doesn't have to be next spring."

Coral have created a Dewhurst match bet, with Frankel 1-3 and Saamidd at 9-4.

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