03/24/2006 1:00AM

$9.7 million Storm Cat colt moving to England


The Storm Cat-Tranquility Lake colt purchased for $9.7 million at the 2005 Keeneland September Yearling Sale last summer is part of the Maktoum family's Godolphin racing operation in Newmarket, England, and is being pointed for a summer start in England.

Godolphin racing manager Simon Crisford said the Storm Cat colt has not been named, but has begun training. The colt topped the Keeneland Sale.

"He's a lovely colt. He hasn't worked yet," Crisford said. "Hopefully, he'll be out in the middle of the summer."

Purchased by John Ferguson, agent, on behalf of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, the Storm Cat colt was sent in November to Newmarket, where he was broken. He trained on an all-weather surface in Newmarket, Crisford said.

The colt was consigned Mill Ridge Sales, agent for Marty and Pam Wygod.

It is not clear whether the Storm Cat colt will be campaigned in the United States this year. As of Wednesday, when Godolphin held a press conference at their Al Quoz training center, specific plans for which horses would race in the United States had not been determined.

One horse who has Churchill Downs as a long-term goal is Proclamation, who is being campaigned this year with the Breeders' Cup Mile on Nov. 4 as a long-term goal.

Proclamation, 4, won the Sussex Stakes in England last summer and has the Lockinge Stakes at Newbury, England, and the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot as springtime goals.