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Godolphin unleash Princess duo

View from connections ahead of the Princess Of Wales's boylesports.com Stakes at Newmarket on Thursday.

Excellent Result, who successfully graduated from handicap company to win at Group Two level in Dubai, heads a two-pronged attack by Godolphin on the Princess of Wales's boylesports.com Stakes at Newmarket on Thursday.

The son of Shamardal had only won a maiden and a handicap before heading for the warmer climate of Dubai over the winter and he soon stepped up with victory in the Group Two City Of Gold at Meydan.

Trainer Saeed bin Suroor is looking forward to getting Excellent Result back on the track and expects him to be all the better for it.

"Excellent Result won well there (Dubai) over a mile and a half and a mile and six (furlongs)," said bin Suroor.

"He disappointed in the Sheema Classic but has had a break and has been working well. His last piece of work he worked really nicely.

"Physically he's done really well. I think he will need the race, but so far all is good and I'm happy with him."

Excellent Result will be accompanied by the eight-year-old Cavalryman, who has been a Godolphin stalwart for several seasons.

A four-times Group-race winner, he was third to Universal in this contest 12 months ago, but usually plies his trade over longer trips.

"The best trip for him is a a mile and six plus. He's doing well, but he probably wants further in trip," said bin Suroor.

"I think this race over a mile and a half is a good start for him. He is in good form and ready to run."

Sir Michael Stoute has won this Group Two feature a record nine times and has two leading contenders in Arab Spring and Hillstar.

Arab Spring is justifying the patient approach of his trainer Sir Michael Stoute and has earned the right to go for Group Two honours with an impressive victory at Royal Ascot.

That came in the Duke if Edinburgh Handicap in which he sailed away from the opposition to score by two lengths from Salutation.

Connections are optimistic the colt will prove up to the mark over this mile and a half on the July Course before hopefully going on to even greater things with the Irish Champion Stakes and the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe possible targets later in the year.

"It's a major step up from handicaps, but hopefully he'll be good enough," said Peter Reynolds, manager of owners Ballymacoll Stud.

"I hope the ground doesn't change too much.

"He's a lovely horse, he has a lovely character. He's very popular in the yard and I hope he does the business.

"We last won it a couple of years ago with Fiorente and Sir Michael also has Hillstar in as well this time.

"We're looking forward to it. "

Stoute's other runner Hillstar is a regular at this level and chased home stablemate Telescope at a respectable distance in the Hardwicke Stakes at the Royal meeting.

In sixth place that day was Dandino, one of two runners from the Marco Botti stable.

The Newmarket-based Italian reports both his runners to be in tip-top shape, though he wouldn't the ground too soft for Dandino.

"They are both in good form. Dandino needed his recent run at Royal Ascot - he was a bit rusty and lack of fitness caught him out," he said.

"But he did a nice piece of work at the weekend and I am confident that he retains all his ability.

"We are monitoring the ground with him as, if the showers hit, he would not want it too soft.

"We are happy with him , the trip is fine, and though it is a tough race he is definitely good enough.

"Seismos ran a good race at Sandown considering that was a two miler and his best trip is probably either a mile and a half or a mile and three-quarters - he was a Group One winner at the shorter trip last August.

"He was a bit light when he came to us from Dubai put he has regained all the condition that he lost. He has settled in nicely and is a straightforward horse who has been working well."

Richard Hannon relies on Pether's Moon who was right behind Hillstar when the pair filled the places in the Hardwicke.

"Pether's Moon was only a head behind Hillstar when they filled the places in the Hardwicke at Royal Ascot, yet bookmakers now have us twice the price," the Marlborough trainer told www.richardhannonracing.co.uk.

"Our fellow is a real, solid horse who will love the ground."

Pether's Moon is most consistent and his rider Richard Hughes is expecting another good performance.

"He never runs a bad race. We're very pleased with him," he told At The Races.