Travelling around the world is an essential part of the Godolphin Flying Start programme and it comes as no surprise that former graduate Jerome Reynier enjoys sending his horses to far-flung places.
The horse that has allowed him to travel from Royal Ascot to Italy, from Doha to Bahrain is Royal Julius, who provided him with his first Group winner of his career and who shot to international fame when he wrote his name into the history books as the inaugural winner of the Bahrain International Trophy.
“Royal Julius is a real globetrotter,” says Reynier, who is based in Calas, a training centre situated between Marseille and Aix-en-Provence.
“His owner has kindly given me a free hand with him and hence I have been able to try different things. He is a truly amazing horse who has won over 890,000 euros in prizemoney for us. He is now seven years old and is in his prime. He takes his races well and always does what we ask him to do.
“This though is his final year, as will probably retire to stud next year. He is well bred; a son of Royal Applause and the dam is by Dubawi. He has won each year that he has raced and I hope he can win again now as a seven-year-old.”
Royal Julius might have given Jerome Reynier his first Group winner, but he is not the only black type performer in his 90-horse strong yard at Calas. Here, he gives Liz Price of attheraces.com a selection of horses that he expects to do well during the summer and leading into the autumn.