Dubai: Godolphin’s Wuheida preps for a shot at next month’s $2 million (Dh7.34 million) Group 1 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf when she lines up at Keeneland, Kentucky on Saturday to contest the $500,000 Group 1 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup, over nine furlongs on Turf.
Trained by Charlie Appleby at Moulton Paddocks in Newmarket. the highly-regarded daughter of top sire Dubawi, is the 4/1 favourite to give Godolphin a first success in the contest.
Wuheida will be partnered by William Buick who bounced by from injury to partner Blue Point to a hard-earned victory in the Group 3 Bengough Stakes at Ascot last week.
The Godolphin pilot was sidelined for eight weeks because of a serious spinal injury following a fall from the ill-fated Permian in Chicago in August.
Appleby told the Godolphin website that Wuheida had come out of her last start at Chantilly’s Group 1 Prix de l’Opera on Arc day in good order. She finished fourth on that occasion, beaten a head and two necks by Rhododendron.
Her main rival is New Money Honey, a winner of the Grade 1 Belmont Oaks Invitational who returns to the grass following a fifth-place finish in the Group 1 Alabama.
Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup
Wuheida (4), New Money Honey (9/2); Proctors Ledge (6); Uni (6); La Coronel (7); Dream Dancing (8)
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