Adayar and Native Trail Delight Appleby in Racecourse Spin

Native Trail and James Doyle return from exercise | Emma Berry


NEWMARKET, UK–On Tuesday, Charlie Appleby gave us one Classic winner in action on the Rowley Mile, and by Wednesday that had doubled in number as his older-horse brigade continue the countdown to their seasonal debuts.

With Hurricane Lane (Ire) (Frankel {GB}) having pleased the trainer on Tuesday, last season's Irish 2,000 Guineas winner Native Trail (GB) (Oasis Dream {GB}) and the 2021 Derby winner Adayar (Ire) (Frankel {GB}) stepped out on the turf which is drying all the time in the windy conditions.

“I'm very happy with both of them and thanks to Newmarket for letting us use the racecourse,” said Appleby after watching first Native Trail and James Doyle then Adayar and William Buick complete a straightforward piece of work over six furlongs, each in the company of a lead horse.

“I'm pleased I brought him up here,” he added of Adayar. “You can't beat getting them up here and having a racecourse gallop. With these older horses, they get a year older and a year wiser, so at home they can be a little more complacent. Will was happy with him. He picked up well. We weren't asking him for strong work because we're only ten days off a run now.”

That first engagement on April 28 is the G3 Gordon Richards S. at Sandown, a race which the trainer hopes will be a “stepping stone” to the G1 Prince of Wales's S.

Royal Ascot is also on the horizon for Native Trail, who was runner-up to his ill-fated stable-mate Coroebus (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}) in the Guineas last May before his Irish Classic success. Subsequent increases to 10 furlongs for the Eclipse and the Juddmonte International saw his stamina tested. 

“Native Trail showed his usual enthusiasm,” said Appleby after the morning's gallop. “One thing we learnt at the back end of his three-year-old career was that he is not a mile-and-a-quarter horse. He's a miler, and the plan is to go to the Paradise Stakes at Ascot and use that as a prep for the Queen Anne, all being well.”

Adayar and William Buick

Now four and five respectively, Native Trail and Adayar are at the vanguard of an exciting team of older horses for Godolphin this season.

“It's one thing our operation has been doing over the years, thankfully, keeping these horses in training,” Appleby said.

His former stable star Blue Point (Ire), who notably won two Group 1 sprints in the same week at Royal Ascot, raced until he was five, and the son of Shamardal has put down an early marker in the contest to be this year's champion first-season sire. His third winner, Blue Storm (Ire), came on the opening day of the Craven meeting for James Tate.

“He's three from four now,” Appleby noted. “I'm hoping to bring one by him out at the Guineas meeting.”


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