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Monday 20 August 2018

Godolphin snap up Modun

Godolphin's Melbourne Cup ranks have been bolstered by the arrival of Modun from the Michael Stoute yard.

The four-year-old gelding links up with Sheikh Mohammed's powerful operation after winning the September Stakes at Kempton on his last start.

Modun is poised to have one run before taking the plunge in the Melbourne Cup, in which he could be joined by fellow Godolphin inmates Lost In The Moment and Cavalryman.

Racing manager Simon Crisford said: "Modun joined our team today and he might run one more time before starting quarantine for Australia.

"We also have Lost In The Moment (53kg) and Cavalryman (55kg) entered for the Cup and we will decide on their possible participation after we see them in their next races."

Modun would have to shoulder 53kg in the Flemington highlight on November 1. It has yet to be finalised whether he will run for Saeed bin Suroor or Mahmood Al Zarooni.

Caspar Netscher is among a field of nine declared for Saturday's Dubai Duty Free Mill Reef Stakes at Newbury as the hardy youngster attempts his second Group victory in a row.

Alan McCabe's colt had been close to winning in Listed and Group Two company on a number of occasions before putting things right in the Gimcrack at York and McCabe has decided to use a new jockey in Berkshire, snapping up title-chasing Kieren Fallon.

There were few surprise defections from the earlier entries, although Aidan O'Brien withdrew his two possible contenders, Crusade and Reply.

Still in the mix are David Elsworth's York maiden winner Swiss Spirit, course scorer Saigon, who beat Caspar Netscher in the Rose Bowl Stakes, and two runners from Richard Hannon with stable jockey Richard Hughes picking Redact over Crown Dependency.

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