It seems a very long time ago that Godolphin’s star miler Farhh romped away with the Group 1 JLT Lockinge Stakes at Newbury in May, trouncing the talented Sovereign Debt by a very impressive four lengths.
The fortunes of both horse and owner have been very much through the mill through the summer season, but as Godolphin get their act back on track with Charlie Appleby having replaced the disgraced Mahmood al Zarooni, it also appears that Farhh is on the way back with news reaching betting fans of promising gallop reports for the fragile but tremendously classy five-year-old.
Trained by Godolphin’s senior handler Saeed bin Suroor, Farhh was an intended runner in the Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot in June but went lame a few days before the big race and has not been seen in action since. Runner-up to the mighty Frankel in both the Sussex Stakes over a mile at Glorious Goodwood and the Juddmonte International stakes at York last season, Farhh is reportedly in line to return to the fray in either the QEII Stakes or the Dubai Champion Stakes, both events being part of the Champions Day fixture at Ascot on October 19.
Simon Crisford, racing manager to Godolphin’s owner Sheikh Mohammed, reported that the son of Dubawi is now back in full training and has been doing everything asked of him of late. Of his four seasons in training only 2012 saw Farhh able to string together a series of runs having been plagued by niggling injuries throughout his career.
Restricted to just one outing as a juvenile, he surprised the racing odds to win his only outing at three before keeping his unbeaten record with a stunning six-length victory in the Thirsk Hunt Cup of 2012 under top weight and a mark of 100. He ended that campaign rated 122 and was raised a further 2lbs following this season’s Lockinge triumph.