Freddie Head has decided Goldikova will not be joined by her stable companion Moonlight Cloud in Sunday’s Prix de la Foret at Longchamp.
Incredible 14-time Group One-winning mare Goldikova will be bidding for back-to-back victories in the seven-furlong (1400m) prize before heading back to America, where she will go for a fourth victory in the Breeders’ Cup Mile.
The three-year-old Moonlight Cloud showed her class with a scintillating performance in the Prix Maurice de Gheest at her latest appearance but while the Foret was mentioned as a possible target, she will instead head to Ascot on October 15 to contest the British Champions Sprint Stakes.
“Goldikova is very well and the plan is still for her to run in the Foret on Sunday,” Head said.
“I am very happy with her at the moment and the ground looks like it will be on the fast side of good, which will suit her.
“We’ve decided Moonlight Cloud will not be going and she will instead wait to Ascot and run in the sprint.”
Another filly who will be lining up in the Foret this weekend is the Charles O’Brien-trained Irish raider Bewitched.
She bounced back from a no-show in the Sprint Cup at Haydock with victory in a Curragh Group Three earlier this month.
“We’ve discussed it with the owners this morning and we’ve decided to let her run,” O’Brien said.
“She never got a run at Haydock, but we were delighted with her last time.
“She goes on any ground so that isn’t a concern and we’ll see how she gets on in what is going to be a very good race with Goldikova and Dream Ahead in there.”
PA AAP TURF