Appleby pair ripe for success

Charlie Appleby is having a good week at Ascot

Charlie Appleby saddled a one-two in the Windsor Castle earlier in the week and sends another pair of juveniles into battle for the Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Sound And Silence beat stablemate Roussel on Tuesday and while repeating the feat might seem fanciful, Appleby believes there are reasons to believe Masar and Gold Town can both run well.

Masar has won his only start to date at Goodwood, while Gold Town also struck on his debut but has since twice been defeated – albeit in well-contested races.

Appleby said: "Masar won on his first start at Goodwood. The race has worked out very well.

"He has done physically well and I think stepping up in trip can help eke out some further improvement.

"Coming into Saturday I think we have a real live shot.

"Gold Town's work has been good and he takes a nice bit of form into the race. Stepping up in trip and back on a sound surface will suit him."

Richard Hannon runs Elysium Dream, a winner at Windsor on her second start.

"She is a lovely filly and has always shown plenty at home," the Wiltshire trainer told www.richardhannonracing.co.uk.

"She won well last time at Windsor and the step up to seven furlongs is what she needs.

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"This is a competitive race, but I wouldn't be surprised if she ran in the first three."

The hot favourite is Ballydoyle inmate September, a filly by Japanese superstar Deep Impact and out of Aidan O'Brien's brilliant Peeping Fawn.

O'Brien's juveniles improve for a debut run, but this one bolted up by over five lengths at Leopardstown.

The trainer won the race 12 months ago with none other than Churchill.

The Wolferton Handicap sees the return to action of Sir Michael Stoute's Khairaat, so impressive when last seen at Chester.

However, he now has a 13lb higher mark to contend with in a much deeper race.

Godolphin have declared three runners trained by three different trainers – Kidmenever, Tumbaga and Maverick Wave.

Appleby said of Kidmenever: "He is the winner of a Swiss Derby. He ran twice in Dubai.

"They were two very encouraging runs. We have had our eye on this race since Dubai and that is why we have not run him since.

"His training has been very good and his preparation has gone well and the conditions are there to suit him so I think he will be a player on Saturday."

Saeed bin Suroor trains Tumbaga but he needs to put two lacklustre runs in Dubai behind him.

"Tumbaga was disappointing out in Dubai but looks much better now and has been working well on turf," said Bin Suroor.

John Gosden said of Maverick Wave: "Maverick Wave has been disappointing but can run well when fresh and this is his first 2017 outing."

There is also Royal interest in the shape of the Ralph Beckett-trained Pacify, owned by Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall.


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