Godolphin trainer Charlie Appleby has St Leger ambitions for Loxley

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Godolphin trainer Charlie Appleby hopes Loxley can move nearer towards the William Hill St Leger by taking a step up in both class and trip in his stride in the Bahrain Trophy at Newmarket on July 12.

Appleby has earmarked the Group Three contest as the next target for the son of New Approach, who finished seventh in last year’s Racing Post Trophy and made a winning return in a novice contest at the July Course on Friday.

The Newmarket handler said: “I was pleased with that performance at Newmarket. I loved him as a two-year-old and I probably just threw him in at the deep end in the Racing Post Trophy.

“We went into Friday night’s race very confident the step up to a mile and a quarter would suit him well, which it did.

“I will be looking towards the Bahrain Trophy with him now and we will treat him as a horse that could go to the St Leger.”

Last year’s Duke of Edinburgh Stakes winner Rare Rhythm faces a spell on the sidelines after meeting with a setback which ruled him out of the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Appleby said: “Rare Rhythm has unfortunately had a setback and that is why he couldn’t take up his engagement in the Hardwicke.

“It is unlikely he will make the Princess of Wales’s Stakes at Newmarket, either.”

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Silvestre de Sousa to partner Dee Ex Bee in Irish Derby

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Silvestre de Sousa will partner Dee Ex Bee in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at the Curragh on Saturday.

De Sousa guided the Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum owned colt into second place behind Masar at the Epsom Derby and trainer Mark Johnston has again turned to the champion jockey after Dee Ex Bee was supplemented for the Classic on Tuesday.

Godolphin jockey William Buick had been in line to partner the Farhh colt, but will now be aboard Old Persian after the Charlie Appleby-trained three-year-old won in the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot last week.

Johnston said: “William was going to ride Dee Ex Bee but with Charlie declaring another horse (Old Persian) we have switched back to Silvestre, the same jockey as in the Derby, so it couldn’t be better.

“Everything has been great since Epsom, perfect.

“Any rain would have suited us but, at the same time, we don’t think he needs it, so we’re happy to go.”

Appleby is bidding to cap off the best month of his career after Masar’s victory in Epsom followed up with two winners at Ascot last week.

He said: “We are very happy with the way Old Persian came out of the race last week and the signs are all very positive.”

“An eight-day turnaround at that level is always a concern, but you can’t fault the way he’s come out of Ascot.

“He’s eaten up and exercised well. He bounces back from his runs very quickly, and we are confident we can come to the Curragh at the weekend with a horse that is going to be very competitive.

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Godolphin's Hawkbill set for second tilt at Northern Dancer Stakes

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Godolphin‘s Hawkbill looks set for a second tilt at the Northern Dancer Stakes in Canada following his fine effort in defeat at Royal Ascot.

Charlie Appleby’s charge was a brilliant winner of the Dubai Sheema Classic at Meydan earlier in the year, but disappointed on his return to Britain in the Coronation Cup at Epsom.

However, he bounced back to form to finish third behind Poet’s Word and Cracksman in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes and Appleby is happy to send his charge on his travels once more in search of further top-level honours.

Hawkbill was beaten just a head in the Northern Dancer at Woodbine last September.

Appleby said: “He ran a solid race (at Ascot).

“The pace was honest. In an ideal world we would have liked to get on the lead, but with Eminent there we knew it was the be all and end all to him.

“I was pleased with his performance and that is the sort of level we are with him.

“Campaigning him around the world, I’m sure he will pinch another race for us.

“We will do a bit of travelling with him. We will probably look towards the Northern Dancer in Canada.”

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