Sheik Mohammed has shocked British racing with his plans to set up a major training operation in France before the end of the year. The Crown Prince of Dubai announced a strategy to relocate 120 of his Godolphin horses, originally ear-marked for Britain, at Evry, the disused French racetrack on the outskirts of Paris. David Loder, the young Newmarket high-flyer who has already trained 26 Group race winners in less than four years, is to go with the horses. 'He is already on board as trainer,' said Simon Crisford, racing manager to Godolphin. The shock news came from Dubai as the Godolphin team were counting the days before shipping out their latest bunch of contenders for the major races, commencing with the Sagitta Guineas meeting at Newmarket early next month. The group, headed by Guineas hopes Cape Verdi and Central Park, have basked in the warmth of the Middle East in recent weeks and missed the blast of rain and wintry weather that led to Friday's abandonment at Newbury. Crisford, Godolphin's racing manager, stressed the move to France, which involves 120 two-year-olds, was unrelated to strong and hard-hitting points about low levels of prize money in Britain made by Sheik Mohammed in a speech delivered on his behalf at the Gimcrack Dinner in December. But last night, nobody was left in any doubt that the owner with the highest profile and biggest influence on racing in Europe and the Middle East was making attempts to find his own solution to chronic underfunding in the British game. More than 100 juveniles that would have been trained at the headquarters of British racing - and have competed regularly in Britain - are now destined to spend their formative year in France, where prize money is higher and opportunities apparently more attractive. At the end of their two-year-old days, a selection of the best will be sent to Saeed bin Suroor in Dubai, Godolphin's senior trainer. Explaining the move last night, Crisford said negotiations were in progress with France Galop, the governing body in French racing, to gain access to Evry racecourse as a private training facility. He said Godolphin expected an answer 'by the end of the month'. He continued: 'The facilities at Evry are perfect for the development and training of two-year-olds - and we like the programme for juveniles in France. There are also a number of different surfaces to train on at Evry. 'David Loder is on board at Godolphin and he will re-locate, wherever the horses go. We also have a number of other options under consideration should the Evry negotiations fall through. But David will train in France, subject to his passing the obligatory examination before being granted a licence there,' Crisford added. Evry racecourse, a modern circuit 20 miles south of Paris and over 50 miles from Chantilly, was completed in 1972. It was then closed down in December 1996, when French racing authorities carried out a plan of rationalisation. David Loder, 34, is seen as one of Newmarket's most ambitious trainers. From a family steeped in racing, Loder set up as a trainer in September 1992 following a four-year stint as assistant to Geoff Wragg. He owns Graham Lodge in Newmarket, and also trains from Sefton Lodge, owned by his long-time backer Edward St George. Loder has turned out significant winners for the Maktoum family and it was this connection that led to Sheik Mohammed's offer last month for Loder to take charge of the Godolphin juveniles. The new position, involving the move to France, is not expected to start developing until November. Crisford said last night: 'This project has been on the board for some time. But it has been a matter of finding the right place and the right person. It is another chapter in the quick-moving history of Godolphin.' Godolphin's Classic contenders have missed the traditional round of trials leading up to the Guineas meeting, but there are high hopes that Starborough can win today's Queen Elizabeth II Cup at Sha Tin. A victory in the race would satisfy connections he can get 2,000 metres and open up a wealth of opportunities internationally before the end of the year.