Godolphin trainer Charlie Appleby looking at Australia or Dubai for Barney Roy

Press Association Sport 07:20 07/08/2019
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Charlie Appleby is considering including 2017 St James’s Palace Stakes winner Barney Roy in his team for Australia later this year.

The Newmarket handler feels the former Richard Hannon-trained five-year-old is at the right stage of his career for an international campaign.

After claiming a Listed contest at ParisLongchamp on his penultimate start, the son of Excelebration has not been sighted since finishing down the field when sent off favourite for the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot in June.

Appleby said: “Barney Roy is on the pencil list for possible runners for Australia. We are just working out what will suit him best.

“He might not end up going there, he might end up going out to Dubai over the winter and running in Group races out there as he will have no penalties.

“I see him as an international type of horse for us now though.”

Although Appleby has ruled out running Barney Roy in the Group Three Royal Whip Stakes at the Curragh on Friday week, he has hinted that a step back up to a mile and a quarter is on the cards.

He added: “He is in the Royal Whip later this month, he won’t be taking up that engagement but we will be looking at going back up to 10 furlongs with him.

“He is a gelding now with plenty of experience and a good level of ability.

“Whether he is an Australia horse, I’m not sure yet, but his focus will be international racing.”

Dubai Sheema Classic winner Old Persian will bid for a second Group One victory in Sunday’s Longines Grosser Preis Von Berlin as he tries to bounce back from defeat in the Coronation Cup at Epsom.

Appleby added: “We originally looked at the Arlington Million for Old Persian, but he is being aimed at a German Group One at Hoppegarten at the weekend now.

“We have given him a nice break and looking back at it now, he may have had a harder race than we thought on World Cup night and maybe he wasn’t quite on song in the Coronation Cup.

“He is in great order and is giving us all the right signs he is back where he needs to be.”

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Godolphin's Al Dabaran preserves unbeaten record with Ascot success

Press Association Sport 07:45 28/07/2019
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Al Dabaran took his unbeaten career record to two out of two with a tenacious win in Ascot’s Wooldridge Group Pat Eddery Stakes.

Charlie Appleby’s Godolphin colt appeared sure to have to settle for second to Sun Power as the latter held a length lead approaching the final furlong of the Listed event, registered as the Winkfield Stakes.

But Al Dabaran, previously successful in a Newmarket novice over this same seven-furlong trip late last month, rallied to significant effect as Richard Hannon’s runner-up failed to finish with the same purpose and went down by a neck.

The 11-4 victory was a measure of instant consolation for jockey James Doyle, who galvanised his mount to such telling effect little more than half an hour after he and the gallant Crystal Ocean had just lost out to Enable in the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Qipco Stakes.

Appleby admitted afterwards he had been unsure whether this race was the right one for his Dubawi juvenile.

He said: “I’m pleased, because we always felt going up in trip would be his forte – but we felt this race came at the right time for him.

“After Newmarket I was keen to step up to the mile, but the way he came out of that race and the way this race sat in the programme it suited us to have a crack at it.”

Appleby’s concerns seemed well-founded perhaps as Al Dabaran struggled initially to match the runner-up for pace as both took advantage of a disappointing run from favourite Subjectivist, who finished last of six.

The winning trainer added: “He got caught a little bit flat-footed – but once the stamina kicked in, I felt he got on top well in the end.

“He has done well today, and I think we will see a better horse at the latter part of the season because he is still a bit weak behind the saddle there.”

Future targets are yet to be decided, with the Newmarket trainer ready to look again at possible Group One options.

Appleby said: “He has got no flashy entries, but if he comes right we can pop him in if we need to.

“James was surprised he handled the (soft) ground, but I was more hopeful he would handle it as he is out of a Monsun mare. He is a work in progress.

“I think you have hit the nail on the head that he could end up in one of those (French Group One races at Saint-Cloud or Doncaster’s Vertem Futurity Trophy).”

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Godolphin trainer Charlie Appleby expects Masar to prove tough to beat at Newmarket

Press Association Sport 14:20 10/07/2019
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Godolphin trainer Charlie Appleby expects last year’s Derby winner Masar to prove tough to beat if bringing his A game to the table in the Princess of Wales’s Tattersalls Stakes at Newmarket on Thursday.

The son of New Approach finished fifth on his first start since triumphing in the Epsom Classic when making his eagerly anticipated return to action in the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot.

With that run his belt the Newmarket handler feels that Masar will take plenty of stopping in the mile and a half Group Two contest he won back in 2017 with Hawkbill.

Appleby said: “He has definitely come forward for his run at Ascot. As we all know at Ascot he didn’t make the tidiest of starts and he was never in the position we would have liked to see him in.

“He came into the race really well but he just got a bit tired and he had nice blow afterwards.

“He was as fit as we could get him without getting a run in but that run has definitely brought him forward and his preparation has gone well from Ascot to the Princess of Wales’s and he will be better with that run under his belt.

“He is moving well and his fitness is good. He is clear on ratings and if the Masar we are seeing at home turns up then they have him all to beat.”

Masar’s first run back in more than a year may have ended in defeat but it provided plenty of encouragement for Appleby that his stable star still retains all of his old ability.

He added: “When you are preparing a horse off a long lay off that has been running over a mile and a half at the top level you can get them fit to a level at home but a race just puts the edge on them.

“It was good to get him back and get his racing brain engaged. He showed all the right signs that his encouragement for the game was there.

“We feel this is a nice opportunity to get his head back in front and then hopefully afterwards we can start looking at an autumn campaign.”

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