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Appleby lining up dual assault on Saudi Derby

Charlie Appleby feels Noble Truth and Sovereign Prince will have no trouble adapting to a dirt surface in the Group Three Saudi Derby in Riyadh on Saturday week.

The pair have worked well on a similar track and the Godolphin trainer expects them to do themselves justice in the Grade Three contest over a mile.

He said: “Sure, they have never raced on dirt before but judging by what we have seen in their gallops at home, they will have no problems handling it.

“They have been training on the Marmoom track in Dubai, which has a surface very similar to what they will experience in Saudi. I’m very happy the way they have been training on it.”

Noble Truth has not run since finishing fourth in the Horris Hill Stakes at Newbury in October after his fine effort when second in the Jean-Luc Lagardere at Longchamp earlier that month.

“He was slightly disappointing in the Horris Hill on very soft ground, but he put up such a great performance in the Lagardere (on heavy), it took the edge off him for Newbury,” said Appleby.

“He was sent to Dubai in November purposely to be aimed at the Saudi Derby, and if he brings his best two-year-old form to the race, he’ll be a very live contender. He’s adapted well since embarking on a more American-style training programme in Dubai since travelling over.”

Sovereign Prince heads to Saudi Arabia off the back of a win in the Jumeirah Classic at Meydan, over a mile on turf earlier this month.

He broke his maiden at the fifth time of asking in an Epsom nursery in September but has since made marked progress, enough to convince Appleby to supplement him for the Saudi Derby.

“He has earned his stripes following two creditable performances at Meydan. He’s a typical Dubawi in strengthening and moving forward at a rate of knots as he gets more mature. He’s had plenty of racing experience in the UK and Dubai,” said Appleby.

Appleby expects to saddle four Godolphin runners at the Saudi Cup meeting, with Siskany tackling the Longines Red Sea Turf Handicap and Naval Crown in the Turf Sprint.

Siskany has won five of his 10 starts and was impressive in beating Alignak by five and a half lengths in a Listed race at Meydan last month.

“Siskany was a progressive middle-distance handicapper, who showed marked improvement at 2,800m. We are hoping that in stepping up to extreme trips, he can take it to another level,” said Appleby.

Siskany is heading for the Red Sea Handicap in Riyadh
Siskany is heading for the Red Sea Handicap in Riyadh (Alan Crowhurst/PA)

“He has come out of his last race really well, and the second and third have franked the form by being placed subsequently behind Global Storm at Meydan. We are looking to him to run a big race.”

Naval Crown will bid to give his trainer back-to-back victories in Turf Sprint after Space Blues 12 months ago.

The Dubawi colt made a successful reappearance in the Group Two Al Fahidi Fort at Meydan last month on his first start since finishing second in the Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot.

“We deliberately finished his season early last year to get ready for this,” said Appleby.

“He was a model of consistency as a three-year-old and he has come back in great form. It was a nice performance to win the Al Fahidi Fort and he has come forward for that run.”

Truth takes Scotsman honours in thrilling finish

Noble Truth put an under-par run behind him to get back on track in game fashion in the Cazoo Flying Scotsman Stakes at Doncaster.

The Charlie Appleby-trained colt had looked a bright prospect when getting off the mark at Newmarket on his second start, only to blot his copy book when fourth behind Royal Patronage in the Group Three Acomb Stakes at York last month.

The Godolphin-owned runner showed that form to be wrong with a battling success over Hoo Ya Mal in this Listed contest over seven furlongs.

Hoo Ya Mal looked like getting up, but Noble Truth (9-1) rallied to deny the 2-1 favourite by a nose. Gwan So was a length and a quarter away in third.

“He obviously won nicely at Newmarket and disappointed the last day for no apparent reason,” said Appleby’s assistant, Alex Merriam.

“He settled nicely today and we’re pleased with him.

“I’ve had a quick chat with Charlie. There are no immediate plans, but we’ll stick to seven furlongs at the minute and just see where we go when we get home.”

Thunder Max gave Richard Hannon a pleasant surprise when making a winning debut in the Coopers Marquees Maiden Stakes.

By the trainer’s 2014 2000 Guineas hero Night Of Thunder, Thunder Max (16-1) knuckled down for Rossa Ryan to outpoint the more experienced Leuven Power by a neck. Unilateralism was a neck away in third place.

“He’s always been a lovely colt and he was coming here for a run. He’s not shown anything at home but quite often the nice horses do that,” said Hannon.

“He’s wanted the trip and he’ll improve massively. I’m very happy.

“There are some lovely races in the autumn – there’s the Autumn Stakes, the Horris Hill. I’m just delighted he’s done that. I’d hoped he’d be a nice horse but I didn’t know. He’s not a flashy horse at home, but he’s by Night Of Thunder and anything is possible by that stallion.”

Able Kane (right) scored for Oisin Murphy
Able Kane (right) scored for Oisin Murphy (Mike Egerton/PA)

Champion jockey Oisin Murphy reached 150 domestic winners for the calendar year with victory on Able Kane (9-2) in the Cazoo Handicap.

Rod Millman’s four-year-old withstood the challenges of Raatea and Chairmanoftheboard to land the six-and-a-half furlong prize by half a length and a neck.

Murphy said: “It was my idea to take the headgear off. I thought he might have gone a bit stale with the visor and it was worth a try.

“He really enjoyed that. He bowled along and found loads under pressure.

“The rain took the sting out of the ground and he appreciated that.”

Rhythmic Intent (right) led them home in the Mallard
Rhythmic Intent (right) led them home in the Mallard (Mike Egerton/PA)

Rhythmic Intent (6-1) won for the first time in 13 months with a convincing display in the racehorselotto.com Mallard Handicap.

Hollie Doyle always had the Stuart Williams-trained five-year-old in a good position and sent him on to score by a length and three-quarters from HMS President.

Williams admitted the heavy rain just before the race helped Rhythmic Intent’s cause.

“The rain suited him well. He went through the race nicely and the way the race went, you felt it was going well,” said the Newmarket handler.

“It’s been a frustrating season but he ran really well at York last time. We might come back here for the November Handicap.”

Promising apprentice Adam Farragher enjoyed a smooth success on the William Haggas-trained Sea La Rosa (2-1) in the British EBF Premier Fillies’ Handicap.

Leading over a furlong out, Sea La Rosa triumphed by three-quarters of a length from Viola.

Noble Truth promises plenty for the future in Newmarket success

Charlie Appleby has some big-race targets in mind for Noble Truth after he got off the mark with an impressive display at Newmarket.

A promising third behind Thursday’s July Stakes winner Lusail on his racecourse debut three weeks ago, the Kingman colt was the 5-2 favourite to open his account in the in the Weatherbys Bloodstock Pro British EBF Maiden.

Having travelled smoothly in midfield for much of the seven-furlong contest, James Doyle’s mount picked up smartly in the closing stage to score by two lengths from Ehraz.

Appleby said: “That performance from Lusail yesterday gave us more confidence coming here today, not that we needed too much as we’d sort of seen it at home anyway.

“On his first run he was a bit free. He was a lot better today and travelled very well throughout the race – and when he hit the rising ground, he hit the line strong.

“We haven’t got any immediate plans with him as he has been quite head-strong, so we’re taking it race by race and just seeing which way he’s going to go.

“I think the Vintage (at Goodwood) will probably come too soon for him, but we could work back from something like the Champagne Stakes (at Doncaster). That gives him a bit of time to do all the right things, hopefully.

“I think he’ll step up to a mile in time – whether he’ll be a Vertem Futurity Trophy type horse, we’ll see.

“He’s a nice, scopey horse who hopefully has a nice future as a three-year-old.”

Dubai Honour (centre front) battles his way to a narrow victory
Dubai Honour (centre front) battles his way to a narrow victory (Tim Goode/PA)

Doyle completed a quickfire double in the following bet365 Handicap, with the William Haggas-trained Dubai Honour coming out on top in a thrilling finish.

Fourth in the Britannia Stakes at Royal Ascot, the 11-2 chance stepped up to beat Foxes Tales by a head.

“I’m thrilled. I thought it might be a bit quick after Ascot – 22 days after what was his first run of the year. He won the Britannia on his side, so he’s clearly not a bad horse,” said Haggas.

“I would like to give a mention to Laura Collett, who is going to represent us (Britain) in the Olympics. She took this horse on for about two months in the winter because we’d lost him mentally and brought him back a different horse, so I want to thank her publicly.

“That (Glorious Goodwood) looks obvious, but we’ll see.”

Live Your Dream led home a Godolphin one-two in the £75,000 bet365 Trophy.

Appleby’s Global Storm battled his way to the lead late on, but was was unable to resist the late surge of the Saeed bin Suroor-trained 7-2 favourite Live Your Dream, who came from last to first under champion jockey Oisin Murphy.

Bin Suroor said: “He has always been good. He was weak last year, but this year he has improved physically and with the trip.

“There are two races for him – maybe we’ll take him to Newbury for the Geoffrey Freer, or maybe the Ebor (at York). It is between those two races.

“He’ll be a nice one for the future in staying races and he can handle any ground.”

La Maquina (centre) and Oisin Murphy on their way to victory
La Maquina (centre) and Oisin Murphy on their way to victory (Tim Goode/PA)

Murphy doubled up aboard George Baker’s La Maquina in the Cash Out At bet365 Handicap, with the 6-1 shot edging out 4-1 favourite Aquaman by a short head.

“We could go to Bahrain. He was bouncing off this quick ground, so he could easily be one for over there, particularly this new 85-100 series,” said Baker.

“We’ll probably go to Goodwood next and then possibly Bahrain. We’ve put a few of our eggs into the basket over there and I’m excited by it.”

Twilight Calls justified 5-2 favouritism in the concluding Moet & Chandon Handicap, with his rider David Probert also enjoying a second winner on the card following the earlier success of Sandrine in the Duchess of Cambridge Stakes.

Twilight Calls (centre) struck for Henry Candy and David Probert
Twilight Calls (centre) struck for Henry Candy and David Probert (David Davies/Jockey Club)

Winning trainer Henry Candy said: “I was being a bit obstinate by not dropping back to five furlongs, but I had to accept the inevitable in the end.

“He’s got so much speed – he’s a lovely horse who is very, very quick and is the spitting image of his dad (Twilight Son).

“I haven’t thought about where we’ll go from here. We’ll stick in handicaps for the moment, but hopefully with a bit more time on his back he might be able to go a bit higher.”