19.50hrs/Sunday, May 17, 2009
Godolphin has a first runner in the Krisflyer International Sprint at Kranji, Singapore, with Diabolical lining up in the valuable six-furlong event on Sunday, May 17.
The versatile six-year-old speedster switches back to turf after beginning
with two pleasing displays over six furlongs on dirt at Nad Al Sheba,
including a fine third in the Group One Dubai Golden Shaheen on March
He also filled the same spot on his seasonal debut in the Group Three Mahab Al Shimaal - Dayjur on March 5.
ended his 2008 season with second places in the inaugural Breeders' Cup
Turf Sprint over an extended six furlongs at Santa Anita, USA, in
October and the six-furlong turf Group Two John Guest Diadem Stakes at
Ascot the previous month.
The son of Artax competed some
of Europe's top turf Group One sprints last summer, including when
dead-heating for fifth in the extended six-furlong Prix Maurice de
Gheest at Deauville, France, in August, and when sixth, in the Darley
July Cup at Newmarket a month earlier, when he was beaten by less than
He has also shown a high level of form racing
in the United States, winning the six-furlong Grade Two Alfred G
Vanderbilt Handicap on dirt at Saratoga in July, 2007, as well as
coming second at Group One level on the same surface in the
seven-furlong Carter Handicap at Aqueduct in April of the same year,
and the six-furlong Frank J De Francis Memorial Dash at Laurel Park in
Frankie Dettori, who has partnered Diabolical on his last nine starts, takes the ride again.
bin Suroor, Godolphin's trainer, said: "Diabolical is a tough horse who
always runs his race and he contested some very good sprints last year.
"I was pleased with his runs in Dubai this season and he deserves to take his chance in a big race like this.
have been happy with his preparation and he seemed to cope well with
the journey over to Singapore. It looks like Sunday's contest will be a
very difficult race to win but I am hopeful that he can put up a good
Godolphin racing manager Simon Crisford
commented: "It looks like the Krisflyer International Sprint is going
to be a red hot race and the Far East sprinters are very good.
Diabolical will do really well to run into a place but he is in
fighting good form and we think that the track will suit him.
a very tough assignment for him because, even in Europe, he is just
beneath the best sprinters. We are really pleased with his preparation
and he deserves to take his chance.
"Our ambition is to win a nice big sprint with Diabolical and we are sure that such a race is within his sights."
races against 13 others in the Krisflyer International Sprint headed by
local hero Rocket Man, who is unbeaten in seven starts, Australian
sprinting legend Takeover Target, who took this race last year, dual
Hong Kong Group One scorer Sacred Kingdom and British raiders Prime
Defender and Madame Trop Vite.