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Chapple-Hyam happy to let Albadri take shot at Saudi Derby

Jane Chapple-Hyam believes she has nothing to lose by running Albadri in the Saudi Derby this weekend.

The three-year-old will be among the outsiders in a race with $1.5million in prize money on offer – but he at least arrives there having won last time out, to supplement his 100-1 win on his debut.

Chapple-Hyam took him to Southwell last month in an attempt to replicate the dirt surface he will face in the Middle East.

“We might be a 100-1 shot, but we got an invitation so may as well give it a go,” said the Suffolk trainer.

“He went on the nearest I could find to dirt in England – which is Southwell. Hollie (Doyle) was pleased with him, and he won.

“He’s going out in really good order, and I’m flying out there tonight (Monday).

“It’s very competitive, but every now and again you’ve got to dip your toe in the deep end.

“It’s not a massive field – and because we got the invite, the owners were keen, so why not?”

Chapple-Hyam has always had a high opinion of Albadri, so is happy to give him another opportunity to prove her right.

She added: “Hopefully we can finish in the prize money – which would help – and he’s come out of his race at Southwell very well, and he went into that needing it. He’ll have been about 85 per cent fit, so he’s bang on song now.

“We’ve always liked him. I’ve always felt he would make up into a 100-rated horse, so he needs to prove that on Saturday.

“They’ll go quick, with the Americans and Japanese. When he won on debut he came from off the pace, but he made the running last time – so he’s versatile.

“Hollie rode him in the Horris Hill and got a really good feel off him that day, which is important to me because she believes in the horse. Hollie’s on again.”

Saffron Beach will sit out Breeders’ Cup

Jane Chapple-Hyam has decided against a trip to the Breeders’ Cup with her unbeaten filly Saffron Beach.

An impressive four-and-a-half-length winner on her debut at Newmarket, she followed up there two weeks later in the Group Three Oh So Sharp Stakes on soft ground.

In the immediate aftermath, Chapple-Hyam had intimated she was keen on a trip to America with the New Bay filly – but she will now be roughed off for the season before reappearing in a 1000 Guineas trial.

“She’s going to have a rest now, before she comes back for the Nell Gwyn and the Guineas,” said Chapple-Hyam.

“The main reason we’re not going is the owners wouldn’t be able to attend, and also she’d had two quick runs, so it’s best for her that she has a break with next year in mind.

“We’ll have the opportunity to travel with her next year.”

The Newmarket trainer anticipates further progression, adding: “She’s just a natural. She was a late developer – but as soon as she got fit, the fitter she got the better she got.

“Looking at her pedigree, most have got better with age, so that’s what we’ve got to look forward to.

“That’s why I think the best thing to do is rug her up now, and look forward to next year.”