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Roger Teal fizzing with anticipation over Oxted return this year

Roger Teal is hoping his hand will heal in time to pop a few corks this summer – and get out of the doghouse with his wife – after suffering an accident over Christmas.

“I’m just off to the doctors to get the stitches out of my hand. On Christmas Day, I fell onto a glass candle and made a bit of a mess of my hand,” explained Teal.

“It is driving me mad – and my wife, Sue. I can’t open a bottle of wine, you see.

“I just wave a bandage at her… but I can’t tell you what she said – you can imagine!”

The Lambourn-based Teals hope to put their 2021 injury woes behind them over the next few months, with stable star Oxted back in training after suffering a bone chip problem that prematurely curtailed his season.

After landing the King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot, Oxted was a close-up third in defence of his July Cup title at Newmarket.

Of the six-year-old son of Mayson, Teal said: “Oxted is back off his holidays and doing a little light exercise at the moment, just tipping away quietly and we will see how he goes over the next couple of months and make a plan.

“He had a bone chip removed after the July Cup. We did a bit more investigating because he hung across the track.

“We knew it was there – it was a floating chip – but we had always monitored it and it has never really been too much of a problem, but when he hung across the track at Newmarket, we had an MRI scan because the X-rays weren’t really showing where it was, and it had moved between the joint, so it was time to take it out.

“He has just had a long recovery – as much time as you can give him – and touch wood, that will give him every chance to have a full recovery.

“He looks amazing. He has come back and he looks like a bull. We are thrilled with the way he looks.

“Obviously his main target will be the July Cup and the King’s Stand again, probably. The Abernant at Newmarket or the Duke Of York that we ran in last year, will be his starting point. It will be either one of those two, I should think.”

Teal appears to have an embarrassment of sprinting riches as he looks ahead to the new Flat season, with Oxted’s four-year-old full-brother, Chipstead, ending the season with three successive victories at Bath.

“Chipstead came good at the back end of last season and the penny finally dropped,” said Teal.

“He had a lot of ability, but his brain didn’t really match his ability.

“But once the penny dropped, he got the hang of it and he came forward and finished the season on a high, winning three in a row, including the Bath Series Final. I went to see him the other day and he looks brilliant as well.”

The 54-year-old expects a big season with four-year-old Dark Angel gelding Whenthedealinsdone, who signed off a progressive three-year-old campaign when beaten two lengths in the Portland Handicap at Doncaster.

Whenthedealinsdone won the World Pool Handicap at Glorious Goodwood under William Buick
Whenthedealinsdone won the World Pool Handicap at Glorious Goodwood under William Buick (John Walton/PA)

Teal added: “We are very excited about him. He had a good season, winning at Glorious Goodwood. It was just unfortunate that the ground went against him in the Portland, but I’m very excited by him.

“Hopefully, he will progress into a Pattern horse this year. He is on a rating of 96 at the moment.

“He was a big three-year-old, probably too big for his own good, size-wise.

“He has just come back from Charlie Vigors’ Hillwood Stud and he looks an absolute picture. He was always a big, rotund horse, but he has filled his frame now – and he and Oxted look like two peas in a pod.”

Top stayer Ocean Wind, who pushed triple Gold Cup hero Stradivarius close in Ascot’s Sagaro Stakes at the end of April, has not been out since finishing third as a hot favourite in the Group Three Henry II Stakes at Sandown in May.

Ocean Wind is a classy stayer
Ocean Wind is a classy stayer (Alan Crowhurst/PA)

Teal said: “Ocean Wind has had a nice long break and is due to come in shortly.

“He is doing some light prep work. I’m not sure what we are going to aim at yet. We will wait until the programme book comes out and then we will start making a plan.”

One thing is for sure, Champagne corks look set to pop in the Teal household at some point this summer.

“But right now I’d just settle for being able to open a bottle of wine – just to keep the wife happy,” Teal laughed.

Bay Bridge progress continues at Newmarket

Bay Bridge made it four wins in as many starts this year as he secured a first Listed success in the 888Sport What’s Your Thinking James Seymour Stakes at Newmarket.

Sir Michael Stoute’s runner secured a novice success on the all-weather back in April before seemingly booking his Royal Ascot ticket with victory in the London Gold Cup at Newbury the following month.

However, a setback saw him miss the showpiece meeting and he did not return until winning a York handicap at the start of October, a victory which proved a perfect springboard for this 10-furlong heat.

Partnered by Ryan Moore, Bay Bridge (6-5 favourite) was made to work hard by an admirable campaigner in Majestic Dawn, eventually prevailing by half a length.

Stoute said: “That was a tough test on that sort of ground as he is still getting his strength, but his attitude is good. His attitude has been good all along.

“He had the break after Newbury as he had a little niggle. We hope he could go for a Group Three as he is a progressive horse and has a good mind.

“I think he will get a mile and a half.”

Zakouski (11-8 favourite) over came a lengthy absence to win the 888Sport What’s Your Thinking Ben Marshall Stakes for Charlie Appleby and William Buick for the second successive year.

Off the track since winning a Group Two at Meydan in February, Zakouski made short work of beating the popular Stormy Antarctic by three and a half lengths in the Listed contest.

Appleby said: “We came into the race on the back of a big break, but we knew he was fit enough to come here as he had done some good home work.

“On ratings he was the clear pick on what he has achieved. It was lovely ground out there.

“It is nice to finish with a win from our last runner of the year at Newmarket as it has been a great season here.”

Trainer Ed Walker may have been out of luck with Stormy Antarctic, but Kawida made sure the stable did not go home empty handed by winning the British Stallion Studs EBF Montrose Fillies’ Stakes.

The 9-2 chance needed every yard of the mile to get on top, eventually beating 80-1 shot Flash Betty by half a length in the hands of Tom Marquand, despite hanging a bit in the finish.

Marquand said: “She is definitely not 100 per cent straightforward, but clearly there is loads of ability there. That tendency just to lug, she will wean herself out of it as she races more.

“She does it at home and at the races. It is not like she has suddenly just done it today. Hopefully it is an experience thing.”

Golden Lyra (8-1) impressed with a five-length victory in the second division of the Prestige Vehicles British EBF Fillies’ Novice Stakes.

Hailing from a top-class German family that includes the likes of Sea The Moon, Samum and Schiaperelli, the Lope De Vega filly was following in the hoofprints of half-brother Going Gone, who was a winner for Jim Boyle at the track on Friday.

Andy McIntyre, assistant to winning trainer William Haggas, said: “Cieren Fallon was very happy. She was very well balanced coming down the hill and she took it all in well.

“She was very sharp out of the stalls but that was not her ground and she will be better on better ground. Her stride length was lovely.

“Her half-brother Going Gone won here yesterday and she has done that very well.”

Appleby seeking further Newmarket gains with trainers’ title in sight

Charlie Appleby is on the verge of being crowned champion trainer for the first time and victories for With The Moonlight and Zakouski at Newmarket this weekend will further help his cause.

It has been a year to remember for Appleby, with Adayar winning the Derby and King George, Hurricane Lane the Irish Derby and St Leger and Native Trail ending a perfect juvenile season by claiming the Dewhurst.

Appleby is over £500,000 clear of John and Thady Gosden in the championship, and it would take an almighty effort from the duo to rein in the Godolphin trainer at the head of affairs.

“Without doubt it will be great to get on the CV and hopefully we can get it across the line,” said Appleby.

Adayar striding to victory in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes
Adayar striding to victory in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Nigel French/PA)

“More importantly it is fantastic for the team and something I will always be in debt to His Highness Sheikh Mohammed for giving us the opportunity and giving me the support to achieve it.

“Once it is in our hands it will be great and hopefully everyone who has been involved in it can take huge satisfaction and be proud of what they have achieved as it has been a big team effort.”

It has been some season for Appleby at HQ, too, notching up his 100th success on the Rowley Mile with Siskany at the Dewhurst meeting.

“Achieving our 100th Rowley Mile winner was great with Siskany, but both there and the July Course we enjoy supporting,” he said.

“We enjoy racing there first and foremost and it supports our programme. To achieve what we have at both tracks was great for everybody involved.

“It is great racing there and to have the winners we have had, but more importantly the calibre of winners we’ve had at the Rowley Mile, has been great.”

As for his prospects of winning two of the three Listed races at the final meeting of the season with Zakouski, bidding for a repeat win in the 888Sport What’s Your Thinking Ben Marshall Stakes, and With The Moonlight in the British Stallion Studs EBF Montrose Fillies’ Stakes, Appleby has high hopes.

“Zakouski is in great order, but obviously this is his first run in Britain this year. However, we are pleased with his level of fitness,” he said.

“Hopefully if he can go and run well or win that might give him an opportunity to head to the Bahrain International Trophy next month. He won this race last year on bottomless ground.

“With The Moonlight had her first start at the July Course and then went on to win around Chelmsford. She then progressed again to go and win comfortably at Wolverhampton on her last start.

“It is a step up into Listed company but she gets the trip well and I feel she is ready to have a crack at this.”

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.

Monday Musings: Newmarket Rejuvenation

I had intended writing copiously 24 hours after my first wholly enjoyable, nay rejuvenating, visit to Newmarket racecourse for two years about a brief conversation of which I was the sole observer, writes Tony Stafford. The conversants were those two genial giants of our sport, Charlie Appleby and Aidan O’Brien, but I will leave that until later.

It was in the evening during a catch-up scan through the Saturday results that I noted the 7.30 p.m. race at Chelmsford was called the Tote.co.uk Now Never Beaten By SP Handicap (Division 1).

I’ve noticed that race title before, marvelling that the object of so much ridicule and indeed suspicion in its Betfred-owned days between 2011 and 2019 had been apparently transformed upon its acquisition and operation by the group formerly known as Alizeti Capital but now UK Tote Group.

Their intention, I remembered reading, was exactly that - to ensure the Tote returns were never to be bettered by SP and to help grow its new version to be of financial benefit to the sport.

In its rubric, Tote Group UK says it is “now owned by a group of racehorse owners and breeders who are passionate about the sport, backed by people who own and train over 1,000 horses worldwide.

“We’re united by a shared desire to secure British racing’s finances for generations to come through a revitalised Tote”. Glowing contributions in that notice in support of UK Tote Group have come from Sir Anthony McCoy, John Gosden, Richard Thompson of Cheveley Park Stud, and the Racehorse Owners Association.

I scrutinised all 36 races run in the UK on Saturday and in 24 of them, including the 7.30 at Chelmsford, SP was better than the returned Tote price about the winner. Course and betting shop punters would not have benefited, but I am reassured that online Tote odds backers will have been, according to the publicity (admittedly confusing) blurb to the tune of a maximum £500 per bet. [The race title referred to tote.co.uk, the online arm of the tote]

The three regular backers I know whom I thought might have been able to confirm this as correct all were unable to do so as they all three to coin a theme “had my account with the Tote closed years ago.” They all habitually try to get a few hundred quid on a horse. One big firm, asked for £500 each way on a horse the other day, offered to take £2.80 each way. Still theirs is a happy slogan and I wish anything that might correct the joke level of prize money in the lower reaches of the sport, a potential blessing. But as my three friends I’m sure would say: “Don’t hold your breath.”

I mentioned Charlie and Aidan’s very amicable chat earlier at Newmarket soon after the Darley Dewhurst Stakes victory of unbeaten Native Trail and the Irishman was glowing in his congratulations to his younger English counterpart.

Three wins on the day had already pushed Appleby past Andrew Balding at the top of the trainers’ championship standings for the first time and Aidan admired both Native Trail and the less exposed Coroebus, easy winner of the Group 2 Autumn Stakes.

Where Native Trail was a breeze-up buy for 210,000gns in the spring, able to make his debut in early July and now was making it a perfect four-for-four, there is no Godolphin blood in him, being by Oasis Dream out of an Observatory mare – Juddmonte all the way.

Coroebus meanwhile is Godolphin through and through: by Dubawi, their version of Coolmore’s great stallion Galileo, out of a mare by Galileo’s first superstar, the unbeaten Teofilo.

O’Brien remarked on both colts’ physicality, to which Appleby replied: “Coroebus is 540 kilos and Native Trail is 545, and that’s as heavy as Adayar who you know is a monster!”  Formidable for two-year-olds you would agree!

The wins brought Appleby some elbow room at the top of the table and with a dearth of major and valuable races to come save next Saturday’s Qatar Champions Day at Ascot and the Vertem Futurity (just over £100k)  at Doncaster the following weekend, opportunities are somewhat polarised.

Aidan told me he plans to run his top juvenile Luxembourg in the Vertem Futurity and expects that outstanding Camolot colt to go first in 2022 for the 2000 Guineas where he will almost certainly encounter Native Trail and Coroebus.

While Appleby has been inching his way up to and past Balding, who has had a season that must have surprised him with more than £4 million already in the satchel, he will be aware that John and Thady Gosden, who started slowly this year, are still in there pitching.

Balding has ten entries for Ascot, but only a couple, both 8-1 shots – Invite in the Fillies and Mares race, and Alcohol Free in the QE II – have better than outside chances. Appleby’s hopes from six entries centre, should he run, on Derby winner Adayar, about whom 3-1 is probably a little tight after his Arc exertions.

But the Gosden ten, with six in the closing Balmoral Handicap - Gosden senior dearly wants to win that race – include four serious darts at the biggest prizes of the day.

Mishriff, saved from the Arc in favour of the Champion Stakes, is 6-4 favourite for the £680k Champion. Palace Pier vies for favouritism with improving Baeed in the £623,000 to the winner QE II. Additionally, Free Wind is 7-2 for the £283,000 Fillies and Mares, and Stradivarius, should he renew hostilities with Trueshan, is second favourite behind that horse in the similarly-endowed Stayers’ race.

The Gosdens lurk around £500,000 behind Appleby and, unless such as Snowfall and maybe something else can edge out Mishriff, or The Revenant, back with a near miss at Longchamp, could possibly again unseat Palace Pier with Baeed’s help. Otherwise it seems a dominant position for a hat-trick for Clarehaven. It looks theirs to lose.

While that stealthy challenge in the trainers’ race has suddenly crystallised, the jockeys’ battle between incumbent Oisin Murphy and his nearest challenger William Buick has been a constant side-show most of this year.

It’s easy to portray this tussle as between Mr Naughty and Mr Squeaky Clean and certainly Oisin Murphy’s second failed breath test, which for the moment merely cost him one day’s riding at Newmarket on Friday, has done nothing for his reputation.

The jockey stressed that the alcohol reading while exceeding the permitted limit for being allowed to ride a racehorse was below that excluding him from driving a car. Great! Only slightly pissed then!

He dominated talk at Newmarket on Saturday, most people saying that for a repeat offence the case should get a proper investigation and the inside story at Newmarket on Saturday was that an inquiry will be held at the BHA today.

A one-day slap on the wrist, if that is all that happens for the offence, seems inappropriate to me. Suppose he hadn’t been tested, thus was free to ride on Friday and had caused danger to other jockeys and their horses. That puts the six-month ban (now ended) for promising apprentice Benoit de la Sayette when he was found in breach of the drug rules back in the spring in some context.

In the end, of course, Murphy was free to ride Buzz in the Cesarewitch and he gave the one-time Hughie Morrison horse a peach of a ride, one befitting of a champion, to make it a third win in the race for Nicky Henderson.

Buzz came to deny Burning Victory and William Buick in the dying strides, maintaining his margin over his rival to eight, when had the result been turned around it would have been only six. Charlie isn’t giving up on his jockey though and plans to run plenty of talented maidens between now and D Day on Saturday. Burning Victory of course was only Mullins’ second string but it would have been a nice result for readers of this column who may have noticed my frequent mentions of the mare in recent weeks.

So we had a seven-year-old winner who hadn’t raced on the Flat for two years beating a mare who had never previously run in a Flat race either in England or Ireland outclassing 30 other stayers. Burning Victory’s defeat and the no show of favourite M C Muldoon stopped a Willie Mullins four-timer in this contest.

Why are jumps trainers so good at winning on the Flat? We’ve known about these two for decades, but another younger member of their profession, an Irishman based in Gloucestershire, is showing similar tendencies.

Until 16-year-old daughter Fern attained that age in the summer, her father Fergal O’Brien was so disinterested in Flat racing that he had only winner from 50 runners in sporadic seasons from 2013 to 2019.

Fern, mentored by Fergal’s assistant and partner Sally Randell, a former star military race rider, won at the first time of asking a couple of days after her birthday and now stands on four wins from eight rides for her father as a lady amateur. His other 16 runners have yielded another four victories, including smart hurdler Gumball making all in a decent staying handicap at York on Saturday and Polish getting home first in a jump jockeys’ Flat race at Goodwood yesterday.

That makes it eight from 24 and a strike rate of 33%, a figure the Gosdens, Balding, William Haggas and the rest would kill for. And none of them has 55 jump winners since the end of April either!

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Coroebus takes Appleby’s eye as Godolphin colts dominate Guineas market

There is no doubting who holds all the aces for next year’s 2000 Guineas – but Charlie Appleby feels the bookmakers may have it wrong in making Native Trail favourite over Coroebus.

Appleby, who has dominated this season with middle-distance colts Adayar and Hurricane Lane, appears to have a stranglehold on next year’s major races already.

Native Trail maintained his unbeaten record with a straightforward success in Newmarket’s Darley Dewhurst Stakes, his second Group One of a perfect season.

Coroebus justified odds-on favouritism in the Emirates Autumn Stakes, having gone for home too early last time out in the Royal Lodge.

On paper there is no doubt Native Trail holds the stronger claims, having won two Group Ones, but there is a real glint in Appleby’s eye when he talks about Coroebus. The pair were also part of a William Buick treble as he gives chase to Oisin Murphy, with a week of the jockey’s championship to go.

Paddy Power have Native Trail their 3-1 favourite for the Classic, with Coroebus next at 5-1.

“He’s naturally Guineas favourite,” said Appleby, after Native Trail’s win.

“I struggle to see him getting much further than a mile, but I can be proven wrong. He’ll go into the winter as an exciting Guineas horse, along with Coroebus as well – we’ve seen two nice colts in the last half-an-hour.

“For the whole team it’s great. This is Future Champions Day – it’s here for a reason, to find the champions for next year.

“I’d have a job to say what we are doing next month, never mind next spring, so we’ll get through the winter and then start making plans for both after we see how they develop. One could do better than the other and might need a trial; another might be more athletic and go straight to the Guineas. But it’s a long way off.”

Asked who he would have favourite, Appleby said: “William and I have differing views. I do like Coroebus – he’s a supreme traveller. But you cannot fault what this horse (Native Trail) has done – he’s four from four, and he does it in that fashion.

“As three-year-olds, when the opposition has got stronger and the pace of the race quicker, the one thing you have to do in these Classics is travel – and that is what Coroebus does in abundance.

“He’s got so much cruising speed, they’d never take him off the bridle before the two pole. But that’s just my opinion – I’m just delighted to have these two horses.”

The Dewhurst went pretty much to plan for Native Trail, although briefly Dubawi Legend looked like living right up to Hugo Palmer’s high opinion of him when going clear into the Dip.

“Given how this horse is, I was always comfortable because he wasn’t doing a stroke,” said Appleby.

“Once William moved out around James (Doyle, on Dubawi Legend) and they met the rising ground, the one thing this horse wasn’t going to do is stop galloping.

“He showed what he had in the National Stakes – the acceleration this horse shows is quite remarkable.”

Appleby last won the Dewhurst with Pinatubo, another unbeaten juvenile who never quite lived up to those heights at three, despite winning the Prix Jean Prat.

“This lad is different to Pinatubo. I’ve always felt this fellow is a man among boys – he has a bit more stature to him,” added Appleby.

“They are different animals, different pedigrees, but going into the winter you would potentially think this lad has a slightly better profile than Pinatubo – although that is obviously up for discussion and debate.

“People will undoubtedly have their own opinions, but that is mine.”

Buzz registers third Cesarewitch for Henderson

Buzz provided Nicky Henderson with his third victory in the Together For Racing International Cesarewitch, and a welcome success too for champion jockey Oisin Murphy at Newmarket.

It is 18 years since Henderson first claimed this prestigious staying handicap with top-class hurdler Landing Light, while popular veteran Caracciola added his name to the roll of honour in 2008.

Willie Mullins, who has taken over from Henderson as the most successful trainer at the Cheltenham Festival in recent years, fielded six runners in his bid for a joint-record fourth straight Cesarewitch success.

It looked as though Ireland’s perennial champion National Hunt trainer would triumph once again when his 2020 Triumph Hurdle heroine Burning Victory moved to the front under William Buick, but Buzz and Murphy followed her through to set up a grandstand finish.

Burning Victory looked to be getting the better of the argument racing inside the final furlong, but 8-1 shot Buzz – making his first appearance since finishing second in the Aintree Hurdle in April – reeled her in to prevail by a length and a half.

Calling The Wind was best of the rest in third, with Goobinator finishing fourth.

It was a notable victory for Murphy, who was forced to sit out Friday’s card at Newmarket after failing a breath test.

“I’m not faultless, but I’ve got to do better,” said Murphy, as he reflected on the past two days.

“I shouldn’t be making mistakes like that. It shouldn’t happen, and I’m just sorry to everyone. It’s great to get some confidence back, but I should know better.”

On the success of Buzz, he added: “Nicky told me to try and be in the first half because he stays well, but there was a massive rush on, as you might expect.

“I was drawn low, and he was a little bit hesitant, so I had to take back – and I got on the back of Andrea (Atzeni on Reshoun), who is very good tactically and he knew what was going to happen.

“I followed him until I peeled out, and I thought Will’s horse might hit a brick wall. I couldn’t make my horse go any faster, so when I put my hands back I might have looked confident, but it wasn’t until late that I thought I was going to win.

“It takes some planning, for the horse not to miss a beat over that length of time, but fair play to Nicky.”

Jess Stafford, spokesperson for the winning owners Thurloe Thoroughbreds, said: “It’s so exciting – the horse has improved so much.

“We can look at all the nice races over hurdles now. He’s turned a corner this summer and is more relaxed now.

“I was confident earlier in the week because of the ground, but then it started drying out. We just got away with it.

“He’s got all the big targets now – he’s a proper Grade Two/Grade One horse over hurdles. The race at Aintree is for him – he’s got a huge future.

“Most importantly, 25 per cent of the prize-money goes to the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity.”

Native Trail stays unbeaten in Dewhurst Stakes

Native Trail underlined his Classic credentials by extending his unbeaten record in the Darley Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket.

Hugely impressive on his racecourse introduction at Sandown in June, Charlie Appleby’s colt had since edged a thrilling renewal of the Superlative Stakes on Newmarket’s July Course before successfully graduating to Group One level in the National Stakes at the Curragh.

The brilliant Pinatubo completed the National Stakes-Dewhurst double for Appleby, jockey William Buick and the Godolphin team two years ago to confirm his status as 2019’s champion juvenile – and Native Trail was the 5-6 favourite to follow suit on the Rowley Mile.

It was not entirely straightforward for the market leader, with Dubawi Legend proving why he is held in such high regard by trainer Hugo Palmer with a bold effort from the front.

Buick had to get to work with a couple of furlongs still to run – but once angled out to challenge Dubawi Legend, Native Trail picked up smartly and was ultimately well on top as he passed the post two lengths to the good.

Champagne Stakes winner Bayside Boy was just half a length further away in third.

Coral make Native Trail their 3-1 favourite (from 4-1) for next year’s 2000 Guineas, with his stablemate Coroebus – winner of the Autumn Stakes just half-an-hour earlier – next in the market at 5-1.

Appleby said of Native Trail: “When he was walking around the paddock I was getting more confident, because he was the standout.

“Today is a huge day, and we have two smart colts on our hands for next year’s Guineas. We’re fortunate to be going into the winter with two fantastic colts.

Charlie Appleby was delighted with Native Trail's Dewhurst success
Charlie Appleby was delighted with Native Trail’s Dewhurst success (Mike Egerton/PA)

“There’s a lot more to come, you’d like to say, but he (Native Trail) is unbeaten with two Group Ones. I’m not going to get too carried away.

“He’s a big boy, 540 kilos, and came in at that weight from the breeze-ups. Full credit to the team who purchased him, and Norman Williamson who consigned him. Since then, Norman has taken a keen interest.

“Norman said after the National Stakes he still didn’t know what he was doing – and he was correct, because his work at home wasn’t too exciting, but he warms into a race and does it the right way round.

“I was confident once William gave him the office he would pick up well.”

He added: “I don’t know if he’ll have a trial. We’ll try and split them up, but we’ll look forward to the spring.

“I’ve never put him anywhere near Coroebus at home – they are different types. Coroebus travels very well and has a smart turn of foot, whereas this horse does things in a different manner.”

Buick said: “It was a messy race, and we went a messy pace. Obviously we ended up on this rail for some reason, but I sort of half-expected that.

“I gave myself options the whole way through, and I knew ultimately that when I gave him a clear run he would pick up, and he did.”

When asked to compare Native Trail to Coroebus, he added: “It’s very hard – they are both very good. But one is a dual Group One winner, so at this stage, he’s ahead.

“We’ll see next year, but if they both develop it will be interesting.”

Coroebus sets record straight with impressive Autumn Stakes success

Coroebus put his last-gasp defeat in the Royal Lodge behind him with a dominant display in the Emirates Autumn Stakes at Newmarket.

An impressive winner on his July Course debut in August, Charlie Appleby’s charge was well-fancied to follow up in the Group Two Royal Lodge Stakes a fortnight ago.

The Dubawi colt looked home for all money that day after powering to the lead inside the final two furlongs, but began to paddle in the closing stages and was mowed down by the rallying Royal Patronage in the shadows of the post.

Coroebus was the 4-5 favourite to reward those who kept the faith on his return to the same course and distance – and perhaps mindful of how the race unfolded two weeks ago, William Buick settled his mount at the rear of the field for much of the one-mile contest.

After making smooth inroads as the leaders began to falter, the market leader delivered his challenge towards the stands rail and was ultimately well on top as he passed the post with two lengths in hand over Acomb Stakes runner-up Imperial Fighter.

Paddy Power reacted to the impressive display by trimming Coroebus to 5-1 from 8-1 for next year’s 2000 Guineas.

Appleby said: “Some people questioned running him back so quick after the Royal Lodge, but I didn’t want to run him in potentially deep ground at Doncaster in the Futurity (Vertem Futurity Trophy).

“I wanted to come here on good ground, and we were confident after what we saw last time – when maybe I was to blame, because the way he quickened caught Will by surprise. I told him to get him involved, and he travelled away and quickened immediately.

“He’s a horse who has always been exciting – even in the spring he was doing stuff he shouldn’t have been doing for the size of him.

“He’s always impressed us at home – I could have run him in May if I’d wanted to.

“We’ll put him away now and look towards the spring – and we’ll probably take in a trial, probably the proven route in the Craven.

“He wouldn’t want much further than a mile. If anything, when he strengthens up he’ll get quicker.”

Goldspur proves himself with hard-fought Zetland victory

Goldspur put a nasty experience at Epsom behind him to run out a determined winner of the Godolphin Flying Start Zetland Stakes at Newmarket.

An impressive winner in testing ground on his debut at Sandown, Goldspur then went to Epsom for a race that would have earned him a starting berth in the Derby – but he got upset beforehand and was withdrawn down at the start.

He wore a red hood to keep him calm going to post on this occasion, and behaved impeccably for James Doyle throughout.

Goldspur was always to the fore, just like his Charlie Appleby-trained stablemate Hafit, but the Godolphin party looked like being spoilt when Frankie Dettori made a bold bid on Donnacha O’Brien’s Unconquerable.

To Goldspur’s credit, he found plenty for pressure to win by a head from the Irish raider – with a short head back to Hafit.

Coral gave him a 33-1 quote for the Derby, but Paddy Power were more impressed and cut him to 16s from 33s

“He was very impressive on very soft ground at Sandown but the form has not particularly worked out,” said Appleby.

“We then took him to Epsom for the ‘win and you’re in’ ticket, and everybody saw what happened – he got very upset in the parade ring and played up going down, eventually getting his front legs over the gate, so he couldn’t run.

“The team at home have done a great job. I was keen to get him here – he passed his stalls test with flying colours and he had the red hood on, going down. He was good as gold.

“We were concerned that he could have just been soft-ground specialist.

“They got racing a little way out today, so it was a question of stamina – (and) on that evidence, he’s got plenty of it. The only concern today was whether it was an ordinary race at Sandown, and he found an extra leg on soft ground, but he’s proved himself today.

“The Saint-Cloud race (Criterium International) over 10 furlongs could be a possible, because it will probably be run in deep ground and we know he handles it, but there are no fixed plans. He’s a horse for next year.”

Point Lynas (left) was one of three winners for William Buick
Point Lynas (left) was one of three winners for William Buick (Tim Goode/PA)

Appleby went on to complete a treble on the card, with Native Trail (5-6) and Coroebus (4-5) the top two in the betting for next year’s 2000 Guineas after winning the Darley Dewhurst and the Autumn Stakes respectively, both under William Buick.

Title-chasing Buick had earlier initiated a hat-trick of his own aboard the Charlie Hills-trained Point Lynas (9-1), who claimed a two-length victory in the opening Dubai Nursery.

With Hills inspecting prospective new horses at Tattersalls before Book Two beginning on Sunday, it was left to his father Barry to say: “He deserved that, he’s run well a few times.

“He liked being allowed to stride on – it seemed to suit him”

Mostahdaf (right) won the Darley Stakes
Mostahdaf (right) won the Darley Stakes (Tim Goode/PA)

Appleby and Buick teamed up with 9-4 favourite Barney Roy in the Group Three Darley Stakes, but he had to make do with minor honours in fourth place behind John and Thady Gosden’s Mostahdaf (3-1).

Jim Crowley’s mount was winning his fourth race from just five career starts – his only defeat coming when failing to land a blow in the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot.

John Gosden said: “He’s done nothing wrong during his career.

“He was boxed in when he ran in the St James’s Palace Stakes and never got a run, so that was the end of that.

“His best trip is a mile and a quarter – we’ve always thought that – and I was going to run him in the Champion Stakes at Ascot next week, but I was overruled, and that’s why we ran here.

“He’s a classy horse and probably a horse for next year, but we will have a look at the race in Bahrain (Bahrain International Trophy). We’ll have a talk about that with connections.”

The Roger Varian-trained She Do emerged triumphant after a pulsating finish to the Dubai British EBF Boadicea Stakes.

Ridden by Callum Shepherd, the 12-1 shot lunged late to get up in the final stride and deny Gale Force Maya by a short head.

“She ran very well last week at Ascot in the October Stakes (finished fifth),” said Varian.

“That was a stiff seven furlongs, and at the furlong marker she looked nailed on to be in the three.

“She didn’t quite get the last 100 yards, so we thought we’d come back here for a stiff six – and it suited her.

“She’s had two quick races and has just won a Listed race, so we’ll see how she is.”

Native Trail in top shape for Dewhurst showdown

Charlie Appleby admits Native Trail “looks the one to beat” in the Darley Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket.

The Godolphin colt goes to Headquarters on Saturday unbeaten in three starts, and bids to cement his place as the number one two-year-old in Europe.

The son of Oasis Dream laid claim to that title with an emphatic three-and-a-half-length victory over Aidan O’Brien’s Point Lonsdale in the National Stakes at the Curragh last month – a race Appleby won with Pinatubo in 2019 on his way to Dewhurst glory.

“Native Trail has been faultless to date, and we feel that he is a horse who is improving mentally with each race,” Appleby told www.godolphin.com, of his 2000 Guineas favourite.

“As a physical specimen, we have always felt that he was a man amongst boys, but he has sharpened up mentally again since the National Stakes.

“On all evidence to date, he looks the one to beat.”

Roger Varian has been delighted with Bayside Boy since he lowered the colours of the highly-regarded Reach For The Moon in the Champagne Stakes at Doncaster.

“He’s in good shape. We’re very happy with his condition. He hasn’t put a foot wrong at home since he won the Champagne Stakes,” said the Newmarket handler.

“We’re very much looking forward to him turning up in a race like the Dewhurst.

“Bayside Boy goes into the race with a strong line of form. It’s a very good race. It’s going to be tough to come out on top, but I couldn’t be more pleased with his condition, and we’re excited about running him.

“He did nothing wrong that day at Doncaster. It was only his third ever start. It showed he had learnt a little bit from the scrap he had with Andrew Balding’s horse (Masekela) at Newbury. He has improved with every start, and I’m hoping his best performances still lie ahead of him.”

Hugo Palmer has always thought a lot of Dubawi Legend and is excited at pitching him in at the top level.

The Newmarket trainer has not had an opportunity to run his colt since he scoped badly when disappointing in the Acomb Stakes at York in August.

He was sent off the 7-4 favourite for that Group Three, after making a big impression on his debut at Doncaster in July.

Hugo Palmer is looking forward to running Dubawi Legend in the Dewhurst Stakes
Hugo Palmer is looking forward to running Dubawi Legend in the Dewhurst Stakes (Simon Cooper/PA)

“I’m looking forward to running him. We’ve had a stop-start time with him, but his work has been very good, and I’m very pleased with him,” said Palmer.

O’Brien, meanwhile, relies on Glounthaune to give him a record-equalling eighth success in the prestigious seven-furlong contest.

The Kodiac colt is the least experienced of the eight runners – with just one run under his belt, when the neck winner of a Curragh maiden in April.

“He won nicely on his debut at the Curragh, but it’s a long time since he ran,” said the Ballydoyle handler.

“He beat a nice horse that day (Castle Star), but then he had a little problem which just held him up.

Aidan O’Brien bids to win the Dewhurst for a record-equalling eighth time
Aidan O’Brien bids to win the Dewhurst for a record-equalling eighth time (Nigel French/PA)

“It was just a little setback after his maiden and it just required time.

“We’ve been happy with him lately. It’s obviously only his second run, but he seems to be in good form.”

There is a second Irish entry in the Ger Lyons-trained Straight Answer, who was supplemented at Monday’s confirmation stage.

The son of Kodiac, owned by Juddmonte Farms, has earned his big opportunity by winning both his starts to date.

Go Bears Go tries seven furlongs for the first time after showing classy form over six, with his victory in the Railway Stakes at the Curragh the highlight.

The Balding-trained Coventry Stakes scorer Berkshire Shadow and John and Thady Gosden’s Dhabab, third to Native Trail in the Superlative Stakes, complete the field.

Inspiral powers to Fillies’ Mile victory

Inspiral maintained her unbeaten run and strengthened her Classic credentials with an impressive performance in the bet365 Fillies’ Mile at Newmarket.

Leading two furlongs out, the John and Thady Gosden-trained juvenile pulled clear of her rivals to complete a four-timer in the Group One feature.

Frankie Dettori – winning the race for a record-extending seventh time – settled the 8-11 favourite behind Cachet in the centre of the course in the early stages while the rest of the field were towards the far rail.

Three furlongs out, the two groups came together and Dettori did not wait long to make his challenge.

Inspiral quickened away in great style to score by two and a half lengths from Prosperous Voyage, with Cachet a neck away in third and Mise En Scene a never-nearer fourth.

A Cheveley Park Stud-owned daughter of Frankel, Inspiral was cut to 3-1 favourite for the Qipco 1000 Guineas and to 5-1 for the Cazoo Oaks with Coral. Betfair made her 7-2 from 6s for the Guineas and 6-1 from 8s for the Oaks.

Dettori said: “She doesn’t stop surprising me, she travelled like the winner, she travelled real good. She’s a beauty and has still got plenty to fill up in the winter.

“She went into the dip and came out of it well. I was tracking James (Doyle, on Cachet) and he was matching the other side so I knew I wasn’t losing any ground.

“At the three (furlong pole) I tried to join the others, I sat wide and then coming out of the dip I asked her to quicken and she came out of it pretty well.

“Obviously she’s very good – I don’t have to say that, she’s won everything. I knew I had it won a long way out.

“She’s done nothing wrong, I’m very excited and we can think of the Guineas next year.”

Gosden senior said: “She won well in the May Hill and was pretty professional there, I think she’s learning all the time.

“She travelled well into the dip and you’d have to be very happy, she took it well and she’s getting stronger all the time.

“We’ll start her off in a trial or go straight to the Guineas on the back of a gallop. It’s a long way off, all I know is she won’t be going to Del Mar!”

Inspiral stretches clear
Inspiral stretches clear (Tim Goode/PA)

He added: “It’s great for an owner/breeder to have a filly of this quality.

“All the way through she did everything very easily and when we ran her on the July Course she’d only ever been on the bridle, but she showed her class straight away. She’s a filly that would be easy to over-train.

“She’s by Frankel, she’ll get 10 furlongs but beyond that I don’t know, there’s a question mark.

“She’s was fine on that good ground today on the course, I wouldn’t know about good to firm.”

Al Suhail not for passing in Challenge Stakes

Al Suhail has always been highly regarded and stamped his class on the Godolphin Stud & Stable Staff Awards Challenge Stakes at Newmarket.

Second in the Autumn Stakes in his juvenile year, he was a Listed winner at three and expected to be a major player at the Dubai Carnival last spring.

Charlie Appleby tried to stretch him out to nine furlongs and the first attempt went well, when narrowly beaten by Lord Glitters, but he was stone last behind Lord North in the Dubai Turf.

Barring a win at Haydock this summer the four-year-old was becoming slightly disappointing, but was still sent off the 3-1 favourite for the Group Three over seven furlongs.

The result was never in doubt, with William Buick bouncing him into an early lead, pulling further clear over a furlong out and eventually running out a three-and-a-half-length winner over With Thanks, who had won at Ascot last weekend.

“We’ve seen what ability he has got throughout his career, but being brutally honest Will gave him a great ride because it was a tactic I came up with within the last 24 hours,” said Appleby.

“In the past we’ve seen him travel and you think it’s only a matter of pressing the button, but then he falters so I said if he doesn’t want to go by them let’s see if they can get by him.

“He’s done it well today and it all worked out. It’s no surprise he’s won like that. Will made his mind up for him and I knew he’d find once Will gave him the office.”

Al Suhail was a cut above his rivals in the Challenge Stakes
Al Suhail was a cut above his rivals in the Challenge Stakes (Tim Goode/PA)

On plans he said: “I don’t think he’s one for the Breeders’ Cup as I don’t think he’s mentally strong enough for something like that.

“He’ll go back out to Dubai, we saw him out there last year when we tried to step him up to nine furlongs but we’ll go the usual – Al Fahidi and Zabeel Mile.

“There’s even a new programme out there on turf and there’s a new seven-furlong race on Super Saturday that is worth $300,000.”

Appleby and Buick later doubled up with top weight Siskany in the bet365 Old Rowley Cup.

Siskany pulls nicely clear to win the Old Rowley Cup
Siskany pulls nicely clear to win the Old Rowley Cup (Tim Goode/PA)

Gelded since running well at Royal Ascot and Goodwood, Siskany became Appleby’s 100th winner on the Rowley Mile.

“I bet you didn’t know that, did you?” he said.

“In truth I had no idea until someone told me, but it’s nice all the same. Most importantly, this lad has been very consistent, and we put him away after Goodwood because he deserved a rest.

“This race fitted in well. He enjoyed his break – and we felt he was a nice, progressive handicapper who might make Listed or Group Three level. He’ll go out to Dubai.”

Fast Attack strikes Oh So Sharp gold

Fast Attack confirmed the promise she showed on debut with victory in the Godolphin Lifetime Care Oh So Sharp Stakes at Newmarket.

Trained by Simon and Ed Crisford, she was a six-length winner at Kempton on her initial run and looked sure to progress to be a Pattern-race filly.

The daughter of Kodiac was plunged straight into Group Two company in France for her next outing, where she had a valid excuse for disappointing, and then last time out at Newbury chased home two smart fillies.

To the fore throughout under James Doyle on the Rowley Mile, it briefly looked as if she could be swallowed up on entering the dip.

However, she rallied gamely to the cause and while Allayaali threw down the gauntlet, Fast Attack (9-1) relished the climb to the line and ended up pulling a length clear.

The winner was given a 33-1 quote for next year’s 1000 Guineas by Paddy Power.

Ed Crisford said: “She did that nicely, I thought James gave her a lovely, positive ride.

“It was the plan to do that as she jumps quick so we didn’t want to take her back, we wanted her to bowl along and enjoy herself. She’s a really honest filly and has done it really well.

“I like the way she battled, she really hit the line strong so it was a good performance.”

He added: “We’ve always thought she was better than her last two runs. In France she lost a shoe coming out of the stalls and ripped half her foot off, so Christophe (Soumillon) almost pulled her up.

“At Newbury the ground was terrible, but she still ran a nice race and was only just beaten by two nice fillies. Good ground today and a positive ride made the difference.

“I don’t think there’s anything else this year so we’ll probably aim her at one of the Guineas trials and then see which way we go. She’ll definitely get a mile.”

Twilight jets to Group Three triumph in Cornwallis

Twilight Jet made it fifth time lucky on his excursions to Britain when running out a clear-cut winner of the Newmarket Academy Godolphin Beacon Project Cornwallis Stakes.

Trained by Michael O’Callaghan in Ireland, the Twilight Son colt had run with credit in the Norfolk Stakes, the Gimcrack and the Champagne Stakes – and led the field for a long way in the Middle Park two weeks ago.

Down a furlong in trip, he burst clear inside the final furlong to justify 2-1 favouritism by two lengths. Illustrating made late gains into second, while Guilded was third.

“It’s lovely to win a race like the Cornwallis and he’s danced every dance this year, that was his 10th start. He’s an amazing horse,” said O’Callaghan.

“He’s been getting better with every run, his ratings tell you that, and I imagine if I wanted I could run him again in two weeks – (but) he’s done enough for the year now, I’d say.

“He was only 50 yards off winning the Middle Park and next year he could potentially be a Commonwealth Cup horse. Once he strengthens up six furlongs won’t be a problem.

“He set a good gallop in a good renewal of the Middle Park and put them all to the sword, but I’m just glad he’s got his head in front in a Group race.

“He’s got everything you need to progress into being a Group One horse next year.”

He added: “I’ve had some good two-year-olds, but he’s probably the best I’ve trained just for the fact he’s had so much racing and he just keeps getting better and keeps improving. We don’t know if we’ve got to the bottom of him yet.”

Ribbon Rose (25-1) made a winning debut in the Godolphin Under Starters Orders Maiden Fillies’ Stakes for Marco Botti.

Ridden confidently by Neil Callan, who partnered Botti’s impressive Tatsumaki last week, Botti confirmed the pair would link up more often next season.

“She’s always been a bit backward and has just taken time to come to hand. She’s only been in fast work about a month, but she’s been working nicely,” said Botti.

Ribbon Rose (blue sleeves) made a winning debut under Neil Callan
Ribbon Rose (blue sleeves) made a winning debut under Neil Callan (Tim Goode/PA)

“Neil sat on her a couple of weeks ago and said she gave him a good feel, but in these races you never no what you’ve got to take on.

“I think we’ll probably put her away now, she’s still a little bit weak and hopefully she’s a black-type filly next year.

“Neil is riding well, he’s a very good jockey with plenty of experience, he’s a good asset to the yard. He’ll ride a few more next year as well.”

Ville De Grace narrowly sees off Lilac Road
Ville De Grace narrowly sees off Lilac Road (Tim Goode/PA)

Sir Michael Stoute’s Ville De Grace (4-1) was a Listed winner at Yarmouth last time out, and handled the step up to Group Three company in style in the closing Newmarket Pony Academy Pride Stakes.

Ville De Grace appeared to have put the race to bed a furlong out, only for Lilac Road to emerge from the pack with a persistent challenger – but Richard Kingscote’s mount held on by half a length.

Stoute’s assistant James Savage said: “She seems to have done nothing but improve all year and is very versatile regards ground, but it’s fairly obvious 10 furlongs is her best trip.

“Richard said he got left in front a bit soon – but when the other horse came he knew she’d pick up again, and she’s in great form.

“That will be it this year. She’s ending the season on a good note, and we hope she stays in training, but the owners will discuss that with Sir Michael.