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Godolphin reveal that Ribchester will be given a pacemaker in future races

Monday 27 March 2017

By Andy Stephens

Top-class miler Ribchester is to have the assistance of a pacemaker in his future races, Godolphin have revealed.

Sheikh Mohammed’s operation have transferred Toscanini to Richard Fahey, the trainer of Ribchester, from Michael Halford in Ireland, specifically to take on a pacemaking role.

Ribchester developed into one of Europe’s best milers last season and made a highly encouraging reappearance when a length third in the Dubai Turf at Meydan on Saturday.

However, he was again a little keen in the early stages and his connections believe he could thrive for having a helping hand.

Toscanini was moved to Fahey in mid-December but did not perform his new role at the weekend because he was not invited.

“Ribchester’s problem is that he goes from 0 to 35 mph in four strides at the start of his races,” Fahey said.

"He has been doing it all his life. We will see how helpful it is to have a pacemaker in his races.”

Ribchester won the Prix Jacques le Marois last term and was also placed in the 2000 Guineas, Sussex Stakes and Champion Stakes.

His programme this summer could include contests over ten furlongs.

"For the time being, the plan is to go for the Lockinge Stakes at Newbury in May, and that will determine whether it is then the Queen Anne Stakes, over a mile at Royal Ascot, or the Prince Of Wales, over a mile and a quarter, in the same week," Fahey said.

Godolphin have never been shy of using pacemakers for their best horses and Toscanini, who usually races over 6f, would be a stable star in many yards.

The five-year-old won Group Three and Listed races last summer and has been placed in  Group One company over 7f. He has an official rating of 112.

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