Appleby’s hopes for Roussel
Charlie Appleby is hoping Roussel can overcome a wide draw as the two-year-old bids to back up a good run at Royal Ascot at Sandown on Friday.
The son of Kodiac went down by only a neck to his stablemate Sound And Silence in the Windsor Castle Stakes and will aim to go one better in the Allied World Dragon Stakes.
The only slight concern Appleby has is that the Godolphin-owned colt will have to race from the outside draw.
"I was pleased with his run when second in the Windsor Castle. He's come out of that well and this is a nice stepping stone for him going forward," said Appleby.
"The ground wouldn't worry me. If they get a bit of rain that wouldn't bother me.
"The trip is there to suit him. The only negative is that, in an ideal world, you'd want to be drawn close to the fence for the five furlongs at Sandown.
"He's drawn widest of the eight runners, but it's not a big field so hopefully he can overcome that and he's in good order."
Roger Varian expressed similar sentiments about To Wafij, who is drawn next to Roussel.
"To Wafij broke his maiden in good style at Nottingham on debut and the ground was too soft for him at Lingfield next time," the Newmarket trainer told www.varianstable.com.
"We have given him a break and freshened him and while this is a jump in class, conditions will suit, for all I would have liked a lower draw."
Havana Grey has to give weight all-round due to his win in the National Stakes and Karl Burke's youngster also has to bounce back from a disappointing run in the Norfolk Stakes at the Royal meeting, where he was 10th to Sioux Nation.
Appleby could be chasing a Listed-race double as he also saddles Kidmenever in the Ambant Gala Stakes.
He was pleased with the four-year-old's third place behind Snoano in the Wolferton Handicap at Royal Ascot in the horse's first start for four months.
"He ran a nice race at Ascot and is entitled to come on for it. It was his first start since Dubai and it looks as though he has come forward for it," said the Newmarket handler.
"He has a little bit to find at the weights, but the stiff mile and a quarter there will suit and any rain for him would be appreciated. He would like a bit more cut in the ground."
Marco Botti is giving Fanciful Angel another go at 10 furlongs following the five-year-old's victory at Chelmsford on his latest start six weeks ago.
"The horse is in good form. Obviously he won last time over a mile and a quarter, but tomorrow is a different circumstance," said the Newmarket trainer.
"It's a stiffer mile and a quarter, but he settled well last time and we were happy. We just want to give him one more chance over that trip to see how he goes and then make a plan for the summer and where we go next.
"Hopefully the ground will stay on the good side or fast. He doesn't want it soft.
"The race has cut up a little bit so he has a bit of a chance."
Heading the seven declarations is the Roger Charlton's Ayrad, who is out to repeat last year's success.
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