Grey Goose Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf winner Donativum will make his highly-anticipated 3-year-old debut in the King Charles II Stakes at Newmarket on May 23 and new trainer Saeed bin Suroor is anxious to see how the talented gelding begins his campaign.
“Donativum spent the winter in Dubai and he has been working nicely recently,” said Suroor, who took over conditioning duties from John Gosden. “I have been happy with his preparation and we will start him off in a listed contest before deciding where to go with him.
“Running over seven furlongs is a good distance to begin his season over and he will step up to a mile afterwards. I think he will be fine on the good to firm ground, but he hasn’t raced since October, so he will come on for his first start of the year.”
The son of Cadeaux Genereux—Miss Universe, by Warning joined Sheikh Mohommed’s Darley racing operation following a sparkling juvenile campaign under Gosden, including the half-length Breeders’ Cup score at Santa Anita and a win in the inaugural Tattersalls Timeform Million at Newmarket’s Cambridgeshire meeting on Oct 4. He ended his 2008 campaign with three straight victories.
Bred in England by Stratford Place Stud, Donativum has banked more than $1.5 million from six starts. He is co-owned by the sheikh's wife, Princess Haya.