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Appleby sweet on possible Derby supplementary Nations Pride

Charlie Appleby put Cazoo Derby contenders Nahanni and Walk Of Stars through their paces at Epsom on Monday morning – but rates possible supplementary entry Nations Pride as his best chance should he be added into the Classic reckoning.

Nahanni and Walk Of Stars, who are 20-1 and 16-1 shots respectively, are currently the Godolphin handler’s only remaining entries in the 12-furlong contest as he seeks to follow up Adayar’s shock 16-1 success in 2021.

However, the Godolphin handler could have a late contender for the race in Nations Pride, winner of four of his five career starts, including a seven-length demolition job in a Newmarket Listed event at the end of last month.

By Teofilo, Nations Pride has won up to 10 furlongs to date and while Appleby is not certain he will stay, connections are considering putting him into the premier Classic at a cost £75,000 next Monday.

Nations Pride first faces a crucial workout on Wednesday, though.

Speaking at the Cazoo Derby Gallops Morning, Appleby said: “With Nations Pride, he could turn up and he ticks the most boxes.

“He’s only had five runs in his life and is neat and well balanced. Pedigree wise, does he have an abundance of stamina? He will work on Wednesday which will be the defining point.

“Nations Pride is the highest rated and has done little wrong. If I was forced to say which is in with the best chance, he would be the one.”

Manobo, Walk Of Stars and Nahanni at Epsom on Monday
Manobo, Walk Of Stars and Nahanni at Epsom on Monday (Neil Morrice/PA)

Nahanni booked his place in the Derby field when winning the Blue Riband Trial at Epsom last month, while Walk Of Stars followed in Adayar’s hoofprints by finishing second in the Lingfield Derby Trial.

They worked in company with Coronation Cup joint-favourite Manobo, with last year’s Derby-winning jockey Adam Kirby riding Nahanni and William Buick on Walk Of Stars.

Appleby said: “The three I worked are all different.

“Nahanni is a different animal when he turns up at the races. At home he struggles to even warm up in a gallop. He led the way in a swinging canter under Adam.

“He’s done fantastically well in the past four weeks and turned himself inside out. He’s been here and done it, while at Leicester he put nine lengths between himself and the others in a matter of a furlong.

“He will be putting in his best work at the finish in the Derby.”

Walk Of Stars (left) with Nahanni
Walk Of Stars (left) with Nahanni (John Walton/PA)

Walk Of Stars was sent off favourite at Lingfield when beaten three-quarters of a length by United Nations and while Appleby was disappointed with the result, he felt the Dubawi colt would have learnt for the occasion, seeing him as a similar type to Adayar.

He said: “Walk Of Stars has all the ability and possesses the engine to do something exciting. He did disappoint at Lingfield, but he was jigging about and in my view he’s a work in progress.

“He will have the hood on to post in the Derby and if you could pick one that’s got the profile of an Adayar, then it’s him.

“He’s a big, scopey horse and Will said he thought he handled the track very well at Lingfield. He said that for a big horse he switches his leads very easily.

“This horse has a lot more character and is a big boy who is still immature.”

Adam Kirby struck gold on Adayar last year
Adam Kirby struck gold on Adayar last year (Alan Crowhurst/PA)

Kirby was a late booking for Adayar in 2021 after he was replaced on expected mount John Leeper by Frankie Dettori and he could again be in the mix for a Godolphin ride, although Buick and James Doyle will have first pick.

Appleby added: “With the jockeys, in an ideal world I like them to ride the ones they are most happy to ride. I want them to go out and think they are on the best horse.

“To win an English Derby is the ultimate goal and one that keeps them dreaming through the winter.

“William, James and Adam are my jockeys and Adam is a big part of the team and sits on plenty of horses.”

Manobo was in action at Epsom
Manobo was in action at Epsom (John Walton/PA)

Manobo is Appleby’s only Coronation Cup contender after a minor setback ruled Adayar out last week, with his five-race unbeaten run having ended at Meydan in March when second to Stay Foolish in the two-mile Dubai Gold Cup.

“Manobo goes for the Coronation Cup and he cantered down the hill in a hood,” said Appleby.

“It’s the first bit he’d done since the Gold Cup in Dubai when unfortunately they went so steady, so we are dropping him back to a mile and a half.”

Adayar to miss Coronation Cup after minor setback

Adayar will miss his intended return to action in the Coronation Cup and head to Royal Ascot instead.

Last year’s Derby and King George hero had been due to have his first start since finishing fifth in the Champion Stakes at Ascot last October in the 12-furlong Group One on June 3.

However, trainer Charlie Appleby reports the Frankel colt to have suffered a minor setback and will now work towards the Prince of Wales’s Stakes, back over Ascot’s 10 furlongs on June 15.

Adayar won last year's Derby
Adayar won last year’s Derby (John Walton/PA)

He told www.godolphin.com: “Adayar, who was an intended runner (at Epsom), met with a minor setback in the respect that he was coughing for a few days so I just eased off him for a week.

“In doing so, he did very well that week so I think we’re probably going to be giving the Coronation Cup a miss as just fitness-wise I won’t quite have him there ready in time.

“Adayar is most likely to be heading towards the Prince of Wales’s Stakes for the first start of his four-year-old career.”

While Adayar will not line up at Epsom, Manobo will step into his place in the Coronation Cup.

Another four-year-old, Manobo made impressive strides last term, graduating from a Newbury maiden win in May to lift the Group Two Prix Chaudenay at ParisLongchamp on Arc weekend.

Manobo ended the campaign unbeaten in four starts and made it five on the bounce when winning a Meydan Group Three on his return in February before suffering the first defeat of his career when half a length behind Stay Foolish in Dubai in March.

He will be dropping back in trip, but Appleby is eager to try 12 furlongs.

He added: “Manobo, who was last seen finishing second in the Dubai Gold Cup, we’ve always mooted that we wanted to drop him back to a mile and a half. His preparation has gone very well towards the Coronation.

“He worked this morning, (I’m) very pleased with him, so he will be an intended runner for the Coronation.”

Haggas retains full faith in Mohaafeth ahead of Dubai Turf return

William Haggas has not given up hope Mohaafeth could yet make his mark at the highest level ahead of his return to action in the Dubai Turf at Meydan on Saturday.

The son of Frankel looked every inch a top-class colt in the making when completing a hat-trick in a Listed event at Newmarket last spring.

He subsequently missed the Derby but won the Hampton Court Stakes at Royal Ascot, before he came up short in both the York Stakes and the Juddmonte International at York.

Haggas, however, believes he has discovered a viable excuse why Mohaafeth underperformed last summer.

He said: “When he was purchased, Mohaafeth was a rig – meaning they only have one descended testicle – and we didn’t think in his last races he was running as well as he possibly should have. We investigated and decided to take it out.

“My personal feeling is that in his last few races, his last furlong over a mile and a quarter was weak and it certainly looked like it could be that which was troubling him.

“He’s got a nice draw (stall five) in a very strong race, but he’s got a chance.

“He’s got a bit to find with the top-rated horses, but he’s in good form and we hope he’ll run a good race – he’s certainly got the scope to improve on his rating.”

The top two in the market for the Dubai Turf are Japanese raider Schnell Meister and John and Thady Gosden’s defending champion Lord North, who finished second in the Winter Derby at Lingfield on his comeback run four weeks ago.

Lord North winning the Prince of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot in 2020
Lord North winning the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot in 2020 (Edward Whitaker/PA)

Lord North is joined by stablemate Harrovian, while a strong British contingent also includes Jane Chapple-Hyam’s top-class filly Saffron Beach. David O’Meara’s admirable veteran Lord Glitters misses out after being reported lame on Friday.

A major American challenger is the Todd Pletcher-trained Colonel Liam, dual winner of the Pegasus World Cup Turf.

“He’s won back-to-back Pegasus Turfs and is one of the best turf horses in the US,” said Pletcher.

“Let’s see how it stacks up, but I’m very pleased with him.”

One of the big British-trained hopes on the night is Manobo, who is odds-on to successfully defend his unbeaten record for Charlie Appleby in the Dubai Gold Cup.

The Sea The Stars gelding won at Newbury, Kempton and twice in France last year – and made a successful Meydan debut in last month’s Nad Al Sheba Trophy.

Appleby said: “I’m delighted with Manobo – he’s an exciting horse

“I don’t think he’s the type of out-and-out stayer who would end up being a Gold Cup horse back in Europe, but on what we’ve seen here he was very impressive on his only start.

“He did have a weight advantage there, but he has come out of the race well and he will go off a worthy favourite.”

Irish hopes are carried by Baron Samedi, who has won seven times for Joseph O’Brien and was last seen finishing fourth in the Red Sea Turf Handicap on the Saudi Cup undercard.

“He ran very well and we think the bigger track and the longer straight at Meydan will be to his liking,” said O’Brien

“Obviously it is a very competitive race, but he is there in good nick and we are hoping he can collect some prize-money.”

Simon and Ed Crisford’s Algiers, the Charlie Hills-trained Pogo and Saeed bin Suroor’s pair Dubai Icon and Storm Damage are among those set to go to post in the Godolphin Mile.

Bin Suroor’s outsider Island Falcon is the only European-trained runner in this year’s UAE Derby, while Ismail Mohammed’s Good Effort flies the flag in the Golden Shaheen.

A consistent sprinter on the all-weather in Britain, the seven-year-old proved his ability handle a dirt surface when runner-up in Riyadh a month ago, but has plenty on his plate taking on the Americans.

Lazuli and Manobo headline Meydan treble for Godolphin team

Lazuli and Manobo look two Godolphin-owned horses to follow in 2022 when helping trainer Charlie Appleby and William Buick to a treble at Meydan.

Lazuli stamped his authority with an emphatic victory in the Group Two Blue Point Sprint while Manobo gave an eye-catching display in the Group Three Nad Al Sheba Trophy, with Valiant Prince capping a the day in the Presented By Mina Rashid Handicap

Trained by Charlie Appleby, Lazuli looked as though he could be in for a successful campaign when easily brushing the opposition side.

The 8-11 favourite travelled well as Waady made the running from Dahawi before being given the signal to go by jockey William Buick.

The five-year-old quickened in taking fashion to score by a length and a half from Nigel Tinkler’s Acklam Express with Parsifal a neck away in third.

Appleby said: “He’s like a lot of sprinters, they get quicker and stronger as they get older. He showed those characteristics there.

“We were confident going into the race, but these sprints are always trappy events. As short a price as he was, you have to give a lot of respect to the others.

“I think he’s at his best over five, so going forward with him we thought about taking him to Newmarket for the Palace House, but he’s got a penalty for that now. We’ll probably freshen him up and go straight go to Ascot for the King’s Stand.”

Manobo broke the track record for a mile and six furlongs when stretching his unbeaten record to five.

After tracking the leader Taqareer into the straight, the 4-9 favourite set sail two furlongs out. The result was never in doubt after that as he scooted clear to win by five and a half lengths from the Ian Williams-trained East Asia, with Global Heat half a length away in third.

Buick said: “He’s a beautiful, big horse, very imposing and good looking. That’s five out of five, he’s unbeaten. He’s obviously very good. The team had him in lovely shape for tonight. I think he can go up in trip, I think he can come good down in trip.

“He’s versatile and it was a lovely performance. He’s what you want to see from a long lay-off. Ideally when you have a long lay-off, he’s a bit fresh and you want a tail to follow. With a horse like him, you don’t want to break his stride.

“He did everything right and there’s plenty more to come from him.”

Shahama came from last to first to add to the UAE Oaks to her UAE 1000 Guineas success three weeks ago. The daughter of Munnings became the seventh filly to complete the double as she took her perfect record to four.

The race started badly for the winner as she was slowly out of the stalls and three lengths behind the others.

Adrie de Vries did not hurry the Fawzi Nass-trained filly and let her find her stride. She had to deal with plenty of kickback before being switched wide to make her run.

Her class told in the straight as she cruised into the lead and comfortably held the staying-on Arabian Gazelles by two lengths.

De Vries said: “The start was not too good. She was very upset today because of the screen and the music down the straight, so she jumped a little bit awkward because she was sitting down in the gates.

“Lucky enough it was a small field so I settled her in the back. She got a lot of kickback, which she doesn’t seem to mind, but you want to make it as easy as possible for the filly.

“She’s a good horse, she’s got a lot of class. She gets you out of trouble when you need her to. I’ve think there’s a lot more in the tank and she’s very professional.”