Three-time Group One winner Best Option returns to Activity in the Sun Racing September Stakes.
A for Saeed bin Suroor he won the Princess of Wales’s Stakes, Grosser Preis Von Berlin and also Grosser Preis Von Baden.
His spree lasted in the Caulfield Cup using a narrow victory, but he hasn’t been seen since finishing eighth in the Melbourne Cup in November.
“This will be his first race since the Melbourne Cup,” stated the Godolphin handler.
“He had a terrific season this past year, but in addition an extremely hard season, so we gave him a long break and that is only a return for him.
“We’ll start now with himhe’s working very well. The last time he labored in Newmarket on the Watered gallop, I was really pleased.
“He’s in good shape, this is the start for him before we start to look in Group Ones again.
“He’s not likely to Australia this past year – we will just keep all our options open. We’ll see how he conducts in this and then decide on his future.”
Another runner would be where he wasn’t disgraced in position at the Arlington Million Andrew Balding’s Pivoine, who had his final outing in the usa.
Prior to that he had won the John Smith’s Diamond Jubilee Cup at York.
“He appears to have carried his visit to America really well,” said Balding.
“He’s got form around the Polytrack. Whether he is quite as good at a half since he is at a distance and a quarter, I don’t know, but we’ll find that out”
Roger Varian saddles 2 at Gibbs Hill, who ran well to finish in a race at York a month, and Rasima.
“Gibbs Hill ran well at York. He appears to be and has got good synthetic shape. He likes the trail along with the trip, but we’ll just have to see how he goes,” said Varian.
“Rasima has not quite fired this season, but you might assert her two runs at the Hoppings Stakes at Newcastle are her very best bits of life form.
“Hopefully the Kempton surface may see her run very well, but she’s a bit to find on the figures.
“We are trying the mile and a half . It hasn’t really panned for her as we enjoyed, but the trip might lead to a bit of improvement or it may not, however, we’ll find out. It is a fantastic race and she will require a career best.”
Hugo Palmer’s Mootasadir yields from a break with lost his unbeaten record when stepping up to 2 kilometers in the Northumberland Plate – a race where Gibbs Hill was a strong fancy off a lack of 724 days but was hauled up.
The globetrotting Prince Of Arran (Charlie Fellowes) is another to fall in trip after a good run from the Ebor, as he proceeds to build to get a return trip to Australia.
Royal Line (John Gosden) has only his second start since winning the November Handicap, while Thundering Blue (David Menuisier) drops in course after finishing closing of nine in the Juddmonte International at York.