Appleby Happy With Derby Winners

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Adayar | The Jockey Club

Godolphin's pair of 2021 Derby winners-G1 Cazoo Derby winner Adayar (Ire) (Frankel {GB}) and G1 Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby victor Hurricane Lane (Ire) (Frankel {GB}) are both progressing well since their Classic scores according to trainer Charlie Appleby. The former, who was second in the G3 bet365 Classic Trial on Apr. 23 and the May 8 Listed Novibet Derby Trial S., turned in a solid piece of work on Saturday. The bay is pointing toward the July 24 G1 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth QIPCO S. at Ascot.

Appleby said, “Touch wood, all is well–they're [both] in great form. Adayar worked on Saturday and is building up towards the King George. He's done very well for his break–he put a nice bit of condition on, so it's time to start taking a bit back off again. I couldn't be any happier with him.”

A winner of his first three starts, including the G2 Al Basti Equiworld Dubai Dante S. at York on May 13, Hurricane Lane was third to Adayar in the blue riband on June 5, before securing his own Derby win at The Curragh on June 26. Although he too holds an entry for the King George, the Sept. 11 G1 St Leger at Doncaster is likely instead.

“Hurricane Lane has come out of the Irish Derby very well. It looked a tough, hard race–and I thought he'd sleep for a few days afterwards, but he's come out of the race bouncing. We'll potentially go straight to the St Leger with him.”

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