Godolphin trainer Charlie Appleby believes Ghaiyyath will be seen to better effect when stepped up in trip in the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot.
The Newmarket handler has earmarked the mile and a half Group Two prize as the next target for the lightly raced four-year-old following his odds-on defeat in the Prix Ganay at ParisLongchamp last Sunday.
After cutting out much of the running, the Dubawi colt weakened into third place in France – and Appleby feels his charge now requires a stiffer test of stamina.
Appleby said: “Ghaiyyath put up a good performance on Sunday to finish third, but we have always felt that this horse will be at his best over a mile and a half.
“He was beaten by two Group One winners and the plan with him will now be to freshen him up and head for the Hardwicke at Royal Ascot.
“He is still an inexperienced horse and that was only the sixth run of his career – he is entitled to learn a bit more again.
“He stepped into battle and didn’t shy away from it and he stuck to his guns well and he gives me the impression going forward a mile and a half will be his optimum trip.”
A change of plan will see Lincoln winner Auxerre head for Windsor on Monday week.
Appleby added: “We’ve had no hold ups with him and we were going to go to Ascot for the Paradise Stakes, but we decided to go there with Barney Roy.
“We didn’t want two decent horses banging their heads together, so we are going to Windsor instead.
“We were never going to jump into a Group race with him as we wanted take in a Listed race and take our time with him – we felt that was the right progression for the horse.”
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Godolphin trainer Charlie Appleby hopes Group One winner Barney Roy can show he retains all of his old ability when he contests Wednesday’s Ascot Shop Paradise Stakes.
The son of Excelebration, who claimed the 2017 St James’s Palace Stakes at the track when trained by Richard Hannon, will be making his first start since returning to training after proving to be infertile at stud when he lines up in the mile Listed contest.
Despite not being seen on a since on a racecourse in more than 18 months, the five-year-old, who has been gelded ahead of his return to racing, is reported to have been working well.
Appleby said: “He was a very talented three-year-old, who unfortunately got an injury at the end of his three-year-old career and then proved to be infertile at stud.
“He has been with us for the last couple of months and has pleased us with everything we have asked him to do. He shows all the enthusiasm you like to see in a racehorse.
“At home he shows he retains good ability, but the only way we’ll tell is on the racetrack and that will be the acid test.
“From what we have experienced, he is quite an easy horse to get fit and he is quite athletic. I’m not going there saying he will need the run as he will be fit enough to run well, he might just be a bit ring rusty. From a fitness side, he is ready to go.
“We had thought about going to Windsor in a couple of weeks, but he has come to hand quicker than we expected.”
The Newmarket handler will also be represented in the race by First Contact, who will be dropping back in trip after running over nine furlongs on his two previous starts.
Appleby added: “First Contact is in there on his own merit as he is rated 109. We felt that, even before deciding to run Barney Roy, dropping back to a mile for this race would be ideal for him.
“He will be up there on the front end to ensure there is a good pace, but that is his running style.”
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Ghaiyyath’s bubble was burst as Waldgeist provided Andre Fabre with a record sixth victory in the Prix Ganay at ParisLongchamp.
The Charlie Appleby-trained Ghaiyyath had looked a potential superstar when making sparkling start to the campaign in the Group Two Prix d’Harcourt three weeks ago – his fourth win from five career starts and his second in Paris.
The Dubawi colt was unsurprisingly all the rage to graduate to Group One level with honours – but was ultimately well held.
William Buick sent the favourite straight to the lead, but it was obvious rounding the home turn that it was not going to be as straightforward as the betting suggested as both Study Of Man and 7-2 chance Waldgeist were travelling strongly in behind.
Ghaiyyath did his best to hold onto his lead, but had no answer as Waldgeist swept clear inside the final furlong and ran out an emphatic winner under a delighted Pierre-Charles Boudot.
Study Of Man narrowly beat Ghaiyyath to the runner-up spot.
Waldgeist was claiming his third Group One win. The five-year-old was fourth and fifth behind John Gosden’s Enable in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and the Breeders’ Cup Turf at the end of last season and finished fifth again in the Hong Kong Vase on his final start of 2018.
Fabre told Press Association Sport: “I am very happy. I think he is a stronger horse this year.
“It was good to see him do it over a mile and a quarter, but you must remember he was beaten a nose in the Prix du Jockey Club a couple of years ago and was very unlucky.
“We could go for the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud. I’ve put him in the Coronation Cup (at Epsom), but I’m not sure about that.
“The King George (at Ascot) could be a good option for him.”
Appleby made no excuses for Ghaiyyath and feels he will need a longer trip to make his mark at at the highest level.
He told Sky Sports Racing: “William (Buick) felt the turn of foot on the slower ground, but I don’t know. Personally I just think he’s ready to step up to a mile and a half now.
“The winner is a dual Group One winner and over a mile and a half, today we might not have beaten him either, but I just feel that stepping up in trip is going to be Ghaiyyath’s forte.
“I don’t think he’s lost too much in defeat. He had two Group One winners in front of him today and I think he’s a horse that we’ve still got a future with.”