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Saffron Beach bidding to go one place better in Oaks

Saffron Beach gives Jane Chapple-Hyam strong claims of becoming the first woman to train the winner of the Cazoo Oaks at Epsom on Friday.

Unbeaten in two starts as a juvenile, the daughter of New Bay was narrowly beaten on her return to action in the Nell Gwyn at Newmarket before performing best of the British when runner-up to Aidan O’Brien’s Mother Earth in the 1000 Guineas.

While a tilt at the Irish Guineas was considered, connections ultimately decided to step up half a mile in distance for a second tilt at Classic glory following a pleasing racecourse gallop at Epsom last week.

Saffron Beach (left) at Epsom last week
Saffron Beach (left) at Epsom last week (Adam Davy/PA)

Chapple-Hyam said: “The race and the other horses won’t bother her – it will be the crowds as she has never seen a crowd.

“I will probably put a red hood on her until the start, just because she hasn’t seen a crowd. The way to dot the I’s and cross the T’s is to keep the lid on her as she is strong to lead up.

“It is a big thrill to be part of this, so let’s hope we can go there and do the best.”

Another leading lady of the Flat out to claim a slice of history is Hollie Doyle.

The record-breaking jockey will be riding in the race for the first time aboard Archie Watson’s Lingfield Oaks Trial winner Sherbet Lemon.

“We always knew she wanted a trip as she is by Lemon Drop Kid and is out of Famous, who was pretty decent herself, so we knew she was going to have the quality,” said Doyle.

“They had things their own way up front at Lingfield, which was a big help to her being able to do everything in her own rhythm coming down that hill. Whether she will be able to dictate like that around Epsom, I’m not so sure, but we will see.

“She has been around Lingfield and she handled that OK, despite being a bit green – I don’t see Epsom being a massive problem.

“There are a few that you would have doubts about stamina, but Sherbet Lemon does everything right to ensure she gets it. She settles and she travels – I can’t knock her.”

Roger Varian possesses a strong hand, with market principals Teona and Zeyaadah joined by outsider Save A Forest.

Teona was far too keen to do herself justice when strongly fancied for the Musidora Stakes at York, so it testament to her latent ability that she still managed to finish third.

Varian said: “We take the positives out of the Musidora run. These are trials at the end of the day and if you’re going to get things wrong it’s better to do it in the trial than on the big day.

“I think she’s extremely talented and I hope that on the day she won’t make the sort of juvenile mistakes she made at York.”

Zeyaadah lost her unbeaten record when runner-up to Mark Johnston’s Dubai Fountain in the Cheshire Oaks, having endured a troubled passage.

Zeyaadah (left) and Dubai Fountain fought out the finish to the Cheshire Oaks
Zeyaadah (left) and Dubai Fountain fought out the finish to the Cheshire Oaks (Alan Crowhurst/PA)

Save A Forest, meanwhile, finished runner-up to Sherbet Lemon at Lingfield.

“I hope she (Zeyaadah) will stay. I suppose she’s not guaranteed to on pedigree, but her running style should give her a chance and she slugged out a Montrose Stakes last year in the style of a filly who we think should stay a mile and a half,” Varian added.

“There’s definitely a bit (of improvement) in the locker. She took an age to come to herself this spring and I only really got happy with her about a fortnight before Chester.

“I’m very happy with Save A Forest’s condition and it wouldn’t surprise me at all to see her run a nice race.”

Also in the mix is Hugo Palmer’s Lingfield third Ocean Road, who was another to enjoy a gallop at Epsom last week.

Ocean Road and jockey Oisin Murphy at Epsom
Ocean Road and jockey Oisin Murphy at Epsom (Adam Davy/PA)

Palmer said: “She is an utterly beautiful filly to look at. She is exceptionally balanced and has beautiful depth.

“She is a half-sister to a dual Group One winner over a mile and a half in Wigmore Hall and she is by a Derby winner (Australia). When you have got all those things, you are dreaming right from the start.

“I’m always a glass half-full kind of person and I try to dream what is the best a horse can be, then we go to Plan B to Z after Plan A hasn’t worked!

“Oisin (Murphy) made his move early (at Lingfield) in the hope he would give the filly time to get there. She got there in four strides, which caught him by surprise.

“She rather used her winning kick on ground softer than ideal, then just didn’t quite get home, but I think she will stay very well.”

Saffron Beach primed for Oaks test following Epsom gallop

Jane Chapple-Hyam believes Saffron Beach will see out the Cazoo Oaks trip after her 1000 Guineas runner-up enjoyed a spin around Epsom on Monday.

Having taken time to decide their next target, Saffron Beach’s owners have opted to step up to a mile and a half rather than go for either the Irish 1,000 Guineas or the Coronation Stakes.

Big-race pilot Adam Kirby was on board as Saffron Beach enjoyed a racecourse workout with a companion.

“She was nice and relaxed. She was on the right lead and you would have to be happy with that. Getting her relaxed was the main thing,” said Chapple-Hyam.

“She gets her neck down low and stretches out and I was pleased to see that. It was very important she was on the correct lead leg, as when they turn into the straight, there is a camber and it takes them down to the far rail and you have to be aware of that.

“She did it on soft ground in the Oh So Sharp, but I’d imagine we have got a couple of more days of bad rain, then it should start drying out.

“I think she will get the trip, as does Adam. Her exercise rider thinks she will get it and her owners think she will get it. We are all in the same boat.”

Chapple-Hyam feels connections did the right thing in biding their time before committing to a race.

She said: “I think the owners were right to look at all the trials and not rush a decision, then they made their decision on Friday, so I’m pleased that we sat and waited.

“Like anything, you sleep on it and wake up in the morning and think different. Well they had a good week’s sleep on it, and I think they have made the right decision.

“She has put on six kilograms and I’m thrilled with that as coming here today would tighten her up a little bit, so that has got to be good.

“Her character, when she gets on a racetrack, she is just bold and strong and she just runs to the line. She was well worth the wait as she wasn’t rushed as a two-year-old to run.

“She has only had four runs under her belt, so she is lightly raced coming into this. She has got a good mind and good legs.

Saffron Beach was impressive in the Oh So Sharp Stakes
Saffron Beach was impressive in the Oh So Sharp Stakes (Alan Crowhurst/PA)

“It was important to come here today to see how she took the travelling as she has only ever travelled three miles up the road for each of her races so far, which have all been at the Rowley Mile.”

Kirby said: “We went a mile and she seemed to handle the track. We went a sensible pace without doing too much. When we turned in, she got into gear and lengthened all the way to the line.

“The trip is an obvious thing in that we are stepping up half a mile, but I know for a fact she will get a mile and a quarter well, so it is fingers crossed about the last two furlongs – it is as simple as that really.”

Mystery Angel has been a star for George Boughey, winning the Pretty Polly at Newmarket before a fair fourth in the Musidora, but she would need to be supplemented on May 29 if she is to line up in the Oaks.

The daughter of Kodi Bear also gained some track experience on Monday.

Mystery Angel seemed to handle Epsom well
Mystery Angel seemed to handle Epsom well (Adam Davy/PA)

“I think the main thing we will be looking at is the opposition and see how many go there. It looks open enough at the moment,” said Boughey.

“The question mark is whether she gets the mile and a half. I think if the ground is like it is today we wouldn’t be running, but the forecast looks good and if it comes quicker – her best performance was on quick ground – in an open year, we would probably like to give it a go.

“It is certainly not decision made yet. I will speak to Nick (Bradley, syndicate manager) later and we will see how she comes out of it. We would like to give it a go if she is well and the ground comes a bit quicker.”

Hugo Palmer’s Lingfield Oaks Trial third Ocean Road was another to have a spin, under champion jockey Oisin Murphy.

Ocean Road was another to gain some experience of Epsom
Ocean Road was another to gain some experience of Epsom (Adam Davy/PA)

“She ran at Lingfield and she was balanced there. She has handled the hill well here,” said Palmer.

“She just took a little look at the road crossing and Oisin just had to give her a squeeze into Tattenham Corner, but she has run to the line and every yard she has gone, the better she has gone, which is great.

“It is very soft ground here today and I think she would be better on better ground, but she has relished that. She seems to me to be doing what three-year-old fillies can do at this time of year, which is improve very rapidly.”

Unbeaten Bellosa bound for Jersey Stakes assignment

Jane Chapple-Hyam will head to the Group Three Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot with her unbeaten filly Bellosa.

The three-year-old was an eyecatching seven-length winner on her debut at Newmarket in April, and followed that victory up with another win when taking the Listed King Charles II Stakes at the same track last weekend.

Bookmakers assessed her as a 12-1 shot for the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot after her most recent triumph, but Chapple-Hyam is looking instead to the seven-furlong Jersey Stakes.

“With Bellosa we’re going to give the Jersey Stakes a go,” she said.

“She’s come out of Newmarket really well and we’re really pleased with her.

“The Coronation Stakes is a mile, which I don’t believe she’ll get, so we’re going to go for the Jersey which is seven furlongs, the same distance as her wins on the straight on the Rowley Mile.”

The daughter of Awtaad drifted towards the inside rail on her latest run, something Chapple-Hyam attributed to inexperience as the filly has only two racecourse experiences under her belt.

“Richard (Kingscote) said she was having a good look around this time,” the trainer said.

“That’s perhaps why she went across the track, she was having a good look at the grandstand.

“It’s still only her second run and she’s still learning.”

Chapple-Hyam also provided an update on Aplomb, who fell heavily in the closing stages of a handicap sprint at Windsor on Monday evening.

Racecourse officials allowed the following race to go ahead, but then abandoned the meeting before the concluding contest after concerns over false ground near the finishing line.

Thankfully Chapple-Hyam’s gelding is none the worse for his tumble, with the trainer saying: “He’s trotted out sound and he ate up.

“He’s been turned out and he’s munching on grass rather than slipping up on it.”

Saffron Beach to test Oaks credentials in Epsom gallop

Jane Chapple-Hyam’s 1000 Guineas runner-up Saffron Beach will test the water with a racecourse gallop at Epsom before her bid for the Cazoo Oaks is confirmed.

The filly was twice a winner in her two-year-old campaign, triumphing on her racecourse debut before going on to take the Group Three Oh So Sharp Stakes last season.

This year she was beaten only narrowly on her return in the Nell Gwyn Stakes, and then runner-up again in the opening fillies’ Classic of the season.

Chapple-Hyam had initially intended to take Saffron Beach to the Curragh this weekend for the Irish 1,000 Guineas, but that plan was shelved.

Saffron Beach will sample the famous Epsom undulations on Monday
Saffron Beach will sample the famous Epsom undulations on Monday (David Davies/PA)

The daughter of New Bay holds a handful of further Group One entries, with the Oaks the most imminent engagement on June 4.

Epsom usually hosts a ‘Breakfast With The Stars’ morning of gallops before its two Classics, with a small crowd of trainers, owners and media in attendance.

The event will be hosted behind closed doors this year, and Chapple-Hyam intends to take the opportunity to test Saffron Beach on Epsom’s undulating track.

“She’s going on Monday to the behind-closed-doors gallop at Epsom, the morning they hold ahead of the Derby and the Oaks” said the Suffolk trainer.

“She’s booked in for that, and we’ll see how she goes around there and then make a decision. There’s just no rush to make a decision.”

Adam Kirby and Saffron Beach in action at Newmarket
Adam Kirby and Saffron Beach in action at Newmarket (Alan Crowhurst/PA)

Adam Kirby has ridden Saffron Beach in all four of her racecourse starts, and Chapple-Hyam will trust his assessment of how she handles the descent from Tattenham Corner to the winning post.

“She’s all good and scheduled to go on Monday, and hopefully Adam Kirby will be available to come and ride her,” she added.

“I’ve talked to Adam, so we’ll just tee her up and confirm everything.

“We’ll see if Adam’s comfortable with her coming down the hill. We’re dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s, and we’re looking forward to it.”

Saffron Beach to head for Irish 1,000 Guineas

Jane Chapple-Hyam has opted to go for the Tattersalls Irish 1,000 Guineas next with Saffron Beach.

The New Bay filly was a fine runner-up to Aidan O’Brien’s Mother Earth in the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket, and has an entry in the Cazoo Oaks.

But Saffron Beach is set to stick to a mile when she is in action next at the Curragh on May 23.

Chapple-Hyam said: “We have decided to run Saffron Beach in the Irish 1,000 Guineas.

“She has been left in the Oaks in case anything happened in Ireland or Government rules changed, because living in Covid times things like that can happen.

“The owners are all on the same page and are keen to send her to Ireland – where Adam (Kirby) will ride her.”

The Suffolk trainer hopes conditions will suit Saffron Beach ideally.

“Her pedigree suggests a mile and the Curragh is a harder mile than it would be here at Newmarket,” she added.

“A bit of juice in the ground she won’t mind – we saw how well she ran on ground like that last year. We are there to give it a go.

“Aidan (O’Brien) is likely to have (Irish 1,000 Guineas Trial winner) Joan Of Arc and a few other bouncers and bodyguards from Ballydoyle – but she is a big girl and she will hold her own.

“She is not petite. She is a solid beast.

“She has had no issues since Newmarket, and her training has been fine and we are now looking forward to Sunday week.”

Oaks enters equation for Saffron Beach

Saffron Beach has the Cazoo Oaks among possible next destinations following her fine effort in defeat in the 1000 Guineas.

Jane Chapple-Hyam’s filly beat all bar Aidan O’Brien’s Mother Earth in the Newmarket Classic on Sunday, and was staying on again crossing the line.

Connections are consequently giving thought to another Classic bid next month – with the Coronation Stakes, Irish Guineas and Pretty Polly Stakes also in the mix.

Saffron Beach (third from right) beat all bar Mother Earth
Saffron Beach (third from right) beat all bar Mother Earth (David Davies/Jockey Club)

“She’s fine and licked her bowl clean,” said Chapple-Hyam.

“I suppose we felt every emotion – delighted with how she ran, but gutted to come so close to winning a Classic.

“The owners are now making a decision whether they want to run her in the Oaks or not.

“When they were pulling up as they go up the hill, she was full of it. She certainly stayed every yard of the mile. You could nearly say she was first off the bridle because she wanted further.”

Saffron Beach has shown in her short career to date that she is adaptable to conditions as well as distance.

“She’s a filly who is versatile on all goings,” added her trainer.

“She won the Oh So Sharp on soft, and handled fast ground on Sunday. That opens up going abroad with her, because you’re not worried whether it’s going to rain or not, which is a big plus.

“She’s so uncomplicated, so genuine – and it looks exciting times for her stallion, New Bay. Her pedigree says a mile, to be fair, but New Bay won a French Derby and was third in an Arc.

“We’re not in the Prix Diane – with Covid and Brexit, there’s enough headaches.

“So she’s in the Oaks, the Coronation and also the Pretty Polly at the Curragh over 10 furlongs – so we’ve got all distances covered. She’s also in the Irish Guineas, so it’s up to the owners where they want to go – and I’ll get her ready for it.”

Saffron Beach fared a good deal better than stablemate Albadri, who should have been Chapple-Hyam’s first representative in a Classic but reared over on leaving the paddock before Saturday’s 2000 Guineas and was withdrawn.

Bellosa was very impressive on her debut
Bellosa was very impressive on her debut (Alan Crowhurst/PA)

“She ended up being my first runner in a Classic because of Albadri,” said Chapple-Hyam.

“It was so strange – he’s been to Saudi and back and never done anything like that, he just would not leave the paddock. He was fine anyway – we’ve had him checked over twice.”

The once-raced Bellosa is another possibility for the Coronation Stakes, but she will return to Newmarket for the Betway King Charles II Stakes first.

The three-year-old daughter of Awtaad bolted up by seven lengths in a maiden at the Craven meeting, landing some hefty bets in the process.

“I think the obvious race is the Listed one at Newmarket on May 15, the King Charles II,” said Chapple-Hyam.

“That would be against the colts – but the way she performed in her maiden and looking at the times and everything, you wouldn’t be afraid of taking on the colts.

“Also they’ve got to give her a few pounds as well – which is a bonus. She did it very impressively first time out.

“As for her trip in the future, it’s still up for debate I suppose. I like seven furlongs, and the owner likes a mile, so we’ll just take each as it comes because she’s still raw at the moment – she’ll tell us her capabilities in competition.”

Chapple-Hyam thrilled by Guineas runner-up Saffron Beach

Jane Chapple-Hyam saluted the “genius” of Aidan O’Brien as she reflected on the fine run of Saffron Beach to take second in the Qipco 1000 Guineas.

Winner of the Oh So Sharp Stakes last year, Chapple-Hyam’s New Bay filly reappeared on the Rowley Mile in the Nell Gwyn last month when she was second behind Sacred.

Hopes were high for a big performance in the Newmarket Classic, and she duly turned the form around with Sacred – but just found Mother Earth a length too good.

Chapple-Hyam said: “What can I say, Aidan O’Brien is just a genius. He is hard to take on – and I can’t wait for him to retire!

“It would have been the quickest ground she has been on. But she can handle it because she is versatile, as you saw in the Oh So Sharp on good to soft, and she has done it here on the quicker ground.

“We are just all thrilled, and I’m sure the owners are highly delighted because they have got a second in the 1000 Guineas. This time last year, she wasn’t even in training.

“She has seen the mile out 100 per cent. I knew she would get the mile and I know she will get a mile and a quarter as well. They (owners) will tell me where to send her, and I will just get her fit. There is a good one in her.

“We just have to place her properly now and we will see what the team wants to do.”

Richard Fahey was also proud of the third home, Fev Rover, running a storming race to be just a neck behind Saffron Beach and a nose in front of Santa Barbara.

The North Yorkshire trainer said: “We were delighted with her – it wasn’t a truly-run race really.

“Paul (Hanagan) felt the ground was a bit quick for her – she just rolled about a bit – but you’d have to be happy with that.

“She probably will go further in time, and a bit of juice in the ground doesn’t bother her at all.

“She’s in the Irish Guineas, and that was going to be the plan – that or Royal Ascot.

“We will step her up in trip at some stage. We’ll just see how she takes the race.”

Chapple-Hyam relishing Guineas challenge with Saffron Beach

Jane Chapple-Hyam has never been afraid of a challenge and in Saffron Beach she has a genuine live chance in Sunday’s Qipco 1000 Guineas at Newmarket.

It has been one-way traffic in the betting this spring for Aidan O’Brien’s Santa Barbara, who is set to go off an even shorter price for the Classic following the defection of Fillies’ Mile winner Pretty Gorgeous on Friday morning.

Saffron Beach has achieved more on the track, though. Unbeaten in two runs as a juvenile, including success in the Oh So Sharp Stakes, she looked sure to be suited by stepping up to a mile when second on her return in the Nell Gwyn, finishing behind the reopposing Sacred.

“From all accounts Adam (Kirby) was happy with her last time,” said Chapple-Hyam.

“It was a trial and he feels she was strong at the line and took a fair bit to pull up. With that in mind, we’re really looking forward to running her over a mile.

“Once the winner had flown a bit, Adam wasn’t too hard on her, so she had a good experience and didn’t have too hard a race. She wouldn’t have been fully wound-up there, either.

“She had a good experience. It was her third time on the track which can count for a lot in the Guineas, she picked up some more black type – which is important – and we’re looking forward to Sunday, when hopefully she can pick up some Group One black type.”

Given the positive reports from O’Brien about the favourite, Chapple-Hyam feels if they are correct, Santa Barbara could be a new superstar.

“Aidan’s no fool. If he feels she’s been galloping well against colts, that just says it all. Good fillies can go by colts,” she said.

“If she’s as good as that, then we might have a new Enable on the scene.”

Pretty Gorgeous misses out following an unsatisfactory scope.

The Joseph O’Brien-trained daughter of Lawman had been second favourite, but O’Brien said on Twitter: “Unfortunately due to an unsatisfactory scope Pretty Gorgeous will not be declared for the 1000 Guineas this weekend.”

In her absence, 12 were declared for the Classic, with Santa Barbara joined by stablemate Mother Earth.

Andrew Balding’s Alcohol Free, winner of the Cheveley Park last season and the Fred Darling on her return two weeks ago, arguably heads the home defence.

She just held on from Statement and Vadream at Newbury and the three meet again.

Nell Gwyn winner Sacred represents Cheveley Park Stud and William Haggas, while Richard Fahey is sweet on the claims of Fev Rover, a Group Two winner in France last season in the Prix du Calvados.

Thunder Beauty, Lullaby Moon, Seattle Rock and Star Of Emaraaty complete the field.

Bellosa bounds to impressive winning start at Newmarket

Bellosa looked a filly with a real future as she proved the market right in the Rossdales Maiden Fillies’ Stakes at Newmarket.

Champion jockey Oisin Murphy was booked by Jane Chapple-Hyam and from an opening price of 25-1 the daughter of Awtaad went off the 7-2 joint-favourite.

Bounced out on the rail, she never saw another rival and made every yard for a seven-length win from the 40-1 shot Verreaux Eagle.

CHapple-Hyam was did stress, however, that rumours the three-year-old had been working with her Classic hopeful Saffron Beach, who was second in Wednesday’s Nell Gwyn, were wide of the mark.

“She’s a nice filly, she came to me after Christmas. Sir Edmund Loder (owner) sold his stud in Ireland and had a dispersal sale, but I was very fortunate to get to train this filly,” said Chapple-Hyam.

“She jumps keep improving with all her work and I’m thrilled with how she’s done it today. I didn’t expect that, though!

“I wanted her to hit the line strong, but she was conceding experience so that just shows her class.

“She worked with Ambassadorial, a good servant of mine, and went by him so I knew then we had a good one. I have to thank Adam Kirby because he rides her and likes her a lot as well.

“She has never worked with Saffron Beach, though, I don’t know where that rumour came from!”

She added: “I think we’ll look for a Listed race next, over six or seven furlongs, but I’ll talk to Sir Edmund (who owned the Marling). There are Listed races at Lingfield and Nottingham we could look at.

“I’m sure the lads had a nibble, they all look pretty happy so I’d say yes!”

Creative Force had not been seen since disappointing in the Coventry Stakes, but if he could reproduce the form of his debut win a mark of 89 in the six-furlong Each Way Extra At bet365 Handicap was always going to prove lenient.

Creative Force (right) comes to claim Significantly
Creative Force (right) comes to claim Significantly (Alan Crowhurst/PA)

Briefly it looked as if long-time leader Significantly had slipped the field, but going into the dip Creative Force picked up and sprouted wings, the 11-4 favourite going away to win by a length and three-quarters.

“He had a bit of a setback after the Coventry and as we all know getting them to Ascot can be tough on the two-year-olds,” said trainer Charlie Appleby.

“He’s a genuine little horse. He broke his maiden at this meeting last year and while he hasn’t grown he’s strengthened up. He could get seven as well.

“Whether he’s good enough for something like the Pavilion Stakes we’ll see. He could step up to seven in time.”

Al Waqidi (left) was a third winner on the card for Appleby and Buick
Al Waqidi (left) was a third winner on the card for Appleby and Buick (Alan Crowhurst/PA)

Appleby and Creative Force’s rider William Buick went on to complete a treble on the card, with Master Of The Seas (11-4) landing the Craven Stakes and Al Waqidi (2-1 favourite) impressing in the bet365 British EBF ‘Confined’ Novice Stakes.

The latter had made a successful start to his career at Wolverhampton in November and looks sure to go on to bigger and better things after following up with a comfortable half-length verdict.

Appleby added: “He’s a nice horse who is progressing all the time and he was very impressive on his first start.

“He’s done very well physically over the last eight weeks. We’ll just take little steps with him, but I was very pleased with that today, he’s learned a lot.

“He’s very nice to look at and has a beautiful pedigree.”

John Gosden’s Peter The Great was an 11-1 winner of the Bet365 Wood Ditton under Nicky Mackay.

Gosden said: “Nothing in the Wood Ditton is ever a surprise.

“He’d been working nicely at home, but he has a wild side to him so I thought Nicky, who rides him at home, can ride and we’ll leave the veteran (Frankie Dettori) in the weighing room.

“We’ll go for novice over 10 furlongs next. That’s the great thing about those races, as when you won this in the past you were almost forced to go into a Listed.

“Because of the racing through the winter now you tend not to get 20 roaring bulls in this.

“Is it a good Wood Ditton? I don’t think you’ve seen a Derby horse, but I don’t think it was a bad race.”

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.”