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Last Updated: August 31, 2012 3:19pm
Hunter's Light: Has the ability to go close in Turkey
Saeed bin Suroor believes that Hunter's Light has the ability to run a big race in the International France Galop FRBC Anatolia Trophy at Veliefendi in Turkey on Saturday.
The Godolphin-owned four-year-old goes for glory in the Group Two contest over 10 furlongs on the Polytrack on the back of a cosy victory over Jet Away in the Rose of Lancaster Stakes at Haydock.
"Hunter's Light has been doing well and it was a very good performance at Haydock Park last time out," Bin Suroor told www.godolphin.com.
"I believe he has some of the best form in the race and we are looking forward to a good run from him."
Frankie Dettori takes the mount on Hunter's Light, who bids to give Godolphin a second win in the race after Balius in 2009.
Marco Botti is looking forward to running Marcret on the all-weather surface.
Marcret, who joined Botti's team in Newmarket from Italy at the start of the year and had a spell first in Dubai, found conditions too fast when a well-beaten behind Sri Putra at York in July on his latest start.
"He's running on the all-weather track there so we won't have the problem of the ground being too quick," said Botti.
"Last time the ground was a bit too quick for him at York. The trip is fine but there are a couple of nice horses in there.
"He takes his chance and he has been consistent all year."
There are two other British challengers, George Baker's Belgian Bill and the Gerard Butler-trained Prince Alzain, among a field of nine.
There is a triple British raid comprising John Dunlop's Beatrice Aurore, Tom Dascombe's Rhythm Of Light and the William Haggas-trained Arsaadi in the International Istanbul Trophy on the same card.
Connections are hoping the removal of blinkers will aid Arsaadi in her quest for Pattern-race success.
The three-year-old filly has worn headgear in her last three starts but it is being dispensed with when she goes for the Group Two.
She was runner-up to Duntle in the Sandringham Stakes at Royal Ascot when equipped with blinkers for the first time, but has been unplaced in her two subsequent starts at Sandown and Deauville.
"There's a lot of money on offer and she's been knocking on the door in Listed races and we are trying her in Group races, so we thought we'd take a chance" said Bruce Raymond, racing manager to owner Sultan Ali.
"At Deauville they didn't go fast enough for her and she got messed around a little bit.
"We've taken the blinkers off and we think she'd be better without them. We're hoping for a good run."