GODOLPHIN filly back in action following Al Zarooni scandalCERTIFY is one of three Godolphin entries in the Cape Verdi at Meydan in Dubai on Thursday.
The unbeaten filly has not raced since the end of her two-year-old campaign, having been one of 22 horses suspended from racing during April and October last year in relation to the Mahmood Al Zarooni scandal, which saw the trainer banned for eight years after administering banned steroids to horses in his care.
Now a four-year-old and with Al Zarooni's former assistant Charlie Appleby, the Elusive Quality filly could be joined in the Group Two feature by Saeed bin Suroor-trained Godolphin runners Tasaday and Shuruq.
The high-class Tasaday would be having her first start for Bin Suroor, having been with Andre Fabre for whom she was beaten just a nose by Dalkala in the Prix de l'Opera at the Arc meeting in October.
She had previously been beaten just over five lengths by Treve when third in the Prix Vermeille.
MARK JOHNSTON and Joe Fanning were in tremendous form at Wolverhampton yesterday.
Middleham trainer Johnston bagged a treble, with all three ridden by Joe Fanning, who made it a personal four-timer with victory in the concluding Ladbrokes Handicap on the Bryan Smart-trained Smalljohn.
Johnston and Fanning had got the ball rolling when Cosquillas broke his duck at the third attempt in the 32Red.com Maiden Stakes, with the 10/1 shot hanging on by a head from Warbrook.
Sir Charlie Kunz brought up a Johnston-Fanning brace when landing odds of 1/2 by half a length in the 32Red Casino Handicap, and it was three when Doldrums (2/1) took the 32Red Fillies Handicap.
Red-hot Fanning completed his work in the best possible style when 5/2 favourite Smalljohn displayed his toughness to beat Funky Cold Medina by a length, having been second at Dunstall Park as recently as last Friday night.
MARCO BOTTI has announced the retirement of globetrotting racehorse Jakkalberry.
The Italian recruit finished third in the 2012 Melbourne Cup, and won a Group Two at Meydan as well as the American St Leger in a very successful career.
Now eight, he was being primed for a return to the Gulf after winning on his comeback at Wolverhampton last week.
The trainer said that Jakkalberry "had another setback".
"He came home from his win at Wolverhampton in great form and all was looking set for Dubai, where we had planned to take him to win the Group Two City of Gold for the second year," Botti said.
"He returned back from exercise this morning a little sore, exploratory tests have told us that this is the time to call it a day with him."