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Chapple-Hyam anticipating tough task for Claymore at ParisLongchamp

Jane Chapple-Hyam admitted she had been left with a sinking feeling after top British hope Claymore was handed the widest draw of all in Sunday’s Emirates Poule d’Essai des Poulains at ParisLongchamp.

The Mary Slack-owned son of New Bay was three and a half lengths behind Native Trail in the Group Three Craven Stakes on his seasonal debut.

That form was subsequently franked by the winner, who chased home Godolphin stablemate Coroebus in the English 2000 Guineas.

Yet the twice-raced Claymore, who landed a soft-ground novice over seven furlongs on debut at Newmarket in October, has been done no favours being drawn widest of all in stall 16 for the Group One, which is also referred to as the French 2000 Guineas.

“I was having a wonderful day until I saw the draw,” said Chapple-Hyam.

“It is so disappointing. You go through all winter with the dream and then you see 16 of 16 and you just sink.

“The horse is well and I’ve got a brilliant horseman in Adam Kirby aboard, so it is down to him.

“It is just unfortunate for a small yard. It is just the way the cookie crumbles.”

Chapple-Hyam, who saddles Heat Of The Moment in the equivalent fillies’ race 40 minutes earlier, sent her team over a day earlier than scheduled in a bid to give them a little experience of their surroundings.

She added: “The horses have arrived safely and settled in. I went a day early because I didn’t want to get held up in Friday traffic.

“They are going to have a little gentle canter and they will get to see the track and the grandstand.

“Claymore is a quick learner, so I suppose that is one plus point in the fact he gets to see the track rather than just seeing it on raceday.

“He is in the French and English Derby and we will make a plan after he runs, but I’ve just got to get over the bad news about the draw first!”

Bayside Boy has been drawn in stall 14 of the 16 runners
Bayside Boy has been drawn in stall 14 of the 16 runners (Alan Crowhurst/PA)

Roger Varian was also left to bemoan a berth in stall 14 for Bayside Boy, who makes his first start of the season, having signed off last term with a close-up third to Luxembourg in the Group One Futurity Trophy at Doncaster.

Olivier Peslier comes in for the ride for the first time and Varian said: “It is not a great draw. It is what it is, we can’t do anything about it. The horse is in good form and we will have to do our best to overcome the draw.

“The ground is going to be quick – it is dry and warm in Paris – but we have no concerns about the ground.

“You want a low-numbered draw on the mile at Longchamp, so of course you have to be disappointed with the draw, but what can we do about it. It is out of our control, but the horse is in good form.”

Charlie Appleby, who saddled the 2000 Guineas one-two with Coroebus and Native Trail, was hoping for a low draw for Modern Games.

Modern Games and William Buick set to go off favourite
Modern Games and William Buick set to go off favourite (Mike Egerton/PA)

And his wish was granted as last season’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf winner, who will again be partnered by William Buick, is set to race from stall four.

The Godolphin-owned ante-post favourite has been pleasing connections at home.

“We have been delighted with his preparation,” Appleby told the Godolphin website.

“We can’t fault his preparation and are looking forward to having his first start as a three-year-old.”

Formula One driver Charles Leclerc, currently leading the world rankings at the wheel of his Ferrari, will be cheering on course-and-distance winner Lassaut, having recently acquired a share in the Jean-Claude Rouget-trained colt, who has won both starts this season.

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc part owns top French hope Lassaut
Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc part owns top French hope Lassaut (David Davies/PA)

Aidan O’Brien has won this race five times, including last year with St Mark’s Basilica, and he is represented by The Acropolis, the mount of Ryan Moore.

The Acropolis, winner of one of his nine starts, has yet to tackle a mile but stuck on well when finishing a half-length runner-up to Dr Zempf over seven furlongs at Leopardstown in the 2,000 Guineas Trial early last month.

“He certainly didn’t lack for experience at two, and he probably saved his best until last with a close fifth in a Group Three at Leopardstown in October,” Moore reported on his Betfair blog.

“I didn’t ride him on his return at the same track last month but he showed improved form to a much higher-rated opponent off levels.

“That form obviously needs improving on again here – and considerably so with the likes of Breeders’ Cup winner Modern Games in opposition, as well as the Craven runner-up Claymore – but maybe he has just come to himself now, so he is another worth chancing in this higher grade, with the step up to a mile expected to suit.”

Claymore displays Classic promise with debut success at HQ

Jane Chapple-Hyam may have a 2022 Classic contender in Claymore after the two-year-old colt made an impressive winning debut in the Racing TV Novice Stakes at Newmarket.

Chapple-Hyam sent out Saffron Beach to finish second in this year’s 1000 Guineas, and that horse then gave her a first Group One success in the Sun Chariot Stakes at headquarters last month.

She has similar high hopes for Claymore (13-2), who was introduced at 33-1 for the 2000 Guineas and Derby by William Hill, while Paddy Power went 40-1 for the former after his highly-promising performance.

The New Bay colt was always to the fore on the far side under Joe Fanning and galloped on strongly, despite displaying a high head carriage, to win by four lengths from the 13-8 favourite Noble Order.

“We’ve always liked him, but I had to get the owner six months to wait to run him – because he was keen to get him out and race him,” said Chapple-Hyam.

“I said ‘let him wait and fill up into his frame because he is a big unit’. He is full of himself, and I like him very much.

“Joe (Fanning) was the perfect jockey to go and do it from the front. It hasn’t surprised me he has won by that far, because he has got a high cruising speed.

“We are going to go big time. We are going for the Guineas and Derby, why not? One hundred per cent we will come for a Guineas trial.

“Joe (Fanning) loves him and said he is a serious horse, so we will give it a go – you know me. It is my birthday tomorrow, so it was a good present.”

New London (right) nabs Soul Stopper close home to win the Home of Racing Maiden Stakes
New London (right) nabs Soul Stopper close home to win the Home of Racing Maiden Stakes (Tim Goode/PA)

Charlie Appleby gained his 100th winner of the year when New London made a successful debut in the Home Of Racing Maiden Stakes.

The 5-2 favourite relished the rising ground to get up and mug long-time leader Soul Stopper by a neck.

“I’m delighted to get my 100th winner in the UK this year. It is great for the whole team and Godolphin,” said Appleby.

“It has been a fantastic year, and all the achievements are well deserved by everybody – and long may it continue.”

On the winner, he added: “He was bred to get the trip, and we knew he would appreciate the conditions, and Will (Buick) said he loved the conditions.

“We will put him away for next year, but hopefully he will be a nice middle-distance three-year-old.”

Bashkirova (2-1 favourite) took her unbeaten record to three when asserting in the final furlong to take the Devils Dyke Fillies’ Handicap.

The William Haggas-trained three-year-old pulled a length and a quarter clear of Madame Tantzy in the hands of Tom Marquand.

The same trainer/jockey combination were completing a double, because Canterbury Bell was awarded division one of the Discover Newmarket Fillies’ Restricted Novice Stakes in the stewards’ room after being beaten a short head by Silver Kitten.

The placings were revised as the stewards found Silver Kitten had carried Canterbury Bell (10-1) across the track.

Fanning, who partnered Silver Kitten, was given a three-day ban for careless riding. He is out from November 3-5.