May Hill first target for Ihtimal
Godolphin's racing manager Simon Crisford has played down the significance of Ihtimal's entry in the Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster.
The daughter of Shamardal is a rare entry from the distaff division for the Group One event on October 26 but has already taken on the colts this season, when finishing third to Berkshire in the Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Ihtimal subsequently won the Group Three Sweet Solera Stakes at Newmarket in fine style and is set to take the next step up the ladder in the Barrett Steel May Hill Stakes at Doncaster on September 13.
"She was entered simply because she won a Group Three in good style last week," Crisford said.
"There are plenty of options for her. The May Hill is her next intended start and then she has the Fillies' Mile, so we will see how she goes.
"There is plenty of water to go under the bridge before you start talking about the Racing Post Trophy."
Ihtimal is trained by Saeed bin Suroor, as is Farhh, who is firmly on the comeback trail.
The five-year-old was an impressive winner of the Lockinge Stakes in May but has been sidelined by an injury sustained in the run-up to Royal Ascot in June.
Crisford expects him to be back in action for Champions Day at Ascot on October 19, with the option of running in either the 10-furlong Champion Stakes or the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes over a mile.
He said: "He won't run before the Qipco Champion Day meeting and the plan is to run in either the Champion Stakes or the QEII that day.
"He's back in full training now and all is going well."