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Injury forces Gamilati out of Guineas

Godolphin have revealed that Gamilati, one of the stable's leading Classic contenders, will miss the start of the season.

Two stylish wins at Meydan this year had earned the filly a quote of 12/1 for the Newmarket 1,000 Guineas, but Godolphin's racing manager Simon Crisford revealed that she is now being treated in the Dubai Equine Hospital.

"Gamilati has required surgery to remove a chip from her near-fore ankle," Crisford explained. "She will have a little bit of time out of training, and when she starts back in a few weeks we'll reassess her programme for the summer."

The local stable will be well represented at the world's richest race meeting on Saturday, the Dubai World Cup, though its traditional adversaries at Ballydoyle are sending out their strongest-ever team.

Aidan O'Brien will saddle So You Think in the Dubai World Cup, as well as St Nicholas Abbey and Treasure Beach in the Sheema Classic; Await The Dawn in the Dubai Duty Free Stakes and Wrote and Daddy Long Legs in the UAE Derby.

The draw has already been made for the supporting card, with British raiders seemingly dealt a tough hand in the Duty Free over nine furlongs.

Presvis and Wigmore Hall, respectively first and third last year, start from stalls 12 and 15 of 16.

That was only one of many lucrative days in the globe-trotting career of Presvis, but he's now eight and an inadequate gallop in both his rehearsals over the track has left his trainer uncertain as to how much fuel may remain in the tank.

"There is a question mark over whether he is still the horse he was," Luca Cumani admitted.

"Perhaps he is on the wane, but we won't know whether that is the case until we get a race run to suit him."

Dubawi Gold, which will start from the widest berth of all, will be ridden by Johnny Murtagh -- unless Richard Hughes wins his appeal tomorrow against British reciprocation of a lengthy ban picked up in India. (© Independent News Service)

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