Charlie Appleby

Dual Grade I Winner Althiqa Retired

Godolphin homebred Althiqa (GB) (Dark Angel {Ire}-- Mistrusting {Ire}, by Shamardal), a dual Grade I winner, has been retired for broodmare duty, trainer Charlie Appleby announced on Tuesday. "We've retired Althiqa," Appleby told Dubai Racing Channel's Michael Adolphson in an interview. "There were no more options for her. She could have gone to Del Mar, there's a Grade II on the card there, but bless her, she owes us nothing. She's pulled up safe and sound and she'll head to the breeding shed." A winner of her only start at...

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Godolphin Wins 14th Owner Title

With Britain's flat season championships coming to a close on Saturday, Godolphin earned its 14th champion owner title with more than £5-million in win and place prizemoney accumulated since May 1. Adayar (GB) (Frankel {GB}) and Hurricane Lane (GB) (Frankel {GB}) have been Godolphin's leading lights this season, while Native Trail (GB) (Oasis Dream {GB}) sealed divisional honours last weekend with a win in the G1 Dewhurst S. Godolphin closed the season on a high with a win by Creative Force (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}) in the G1 British Champions Sprint...

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Dubawi's Creative Force In Control In The Sprint

Godolphin's G3 Jersey S. hero Creative Force (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}) had failed to strike in three outings since registering that June 19 Royal Ascot triumph and went postward for Saturday's G1 British Champions Sprint back at the Berskhire venue coming off a three-length sixth in last month's G1 Sprint Cup at Haydock. Notable as Charlie Appleby's first Champions Day contender, he kept jockey William Buick's jockeys' championship hopes alive with a decisive victory in the six-furlong dash. The €400,000 Goffs Orby yearling had sealed a run of four straight wins...

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Adayar Possible For QIPCO Champion S.

Godolphin's G1 Cazoo Derby and G1 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth S. winner Adayar (Ire) (Frankel {GB}) might be seen once more this season in the G1 QIPCO Champion S. at Ascot on Oct. 16. Fourth in the G1 Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe after leading into the home straight, the bay has been pleasing trainer Charlie Appleby since his run in Paris. "He will be left in the Champion S. tomorrow, for the simple reason at the moment he has come out of the Arc well," Appleby...

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Oasis Dream's Native Trail Completes The Bluewash In The Dewhurst

By the time the G1 Darley Dewhurst S. loomed on Saturday, there was a keen sense of inevitability to the outcome and Native Trail (GB) (Oasis Dream {GB}) kept to the script to complete Godolphin and Charlie Appleby's rout of Newmarket's Future Champions Day card. Already the keeper of the generation's bragging rights having collected the G2 Superlative S. at the July Festival here and the G1 Vincent O'Brien National S. at The Curragh Sept. 12, the bay had one more mission to complete and did so with his now-customary...

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Godolphin's Clean Sweep On The Cards As Coroebus Scores

With Goldspur (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}) having provided the warm-up act in the G3 Godolphin Flying Start Zetland S., the impressive Coroebus (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}) duly extended the domination of Godolphin's Charlie Appleby stable on Future Champions Day in the G3 Emirates Autumn S. Caught close home having shown above-average acceleration in the G2 Royal Lodge S. over this course and mile trip last time Sept. 25, the imposing homebred was in last from the break this time with the anchor down. Despite racing away from the pace throughout, the 4-5...

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Dubawi's Goldspur Wins The Zetland

Labelled a TDN Rising Star on his winning debut at Sandown Sept. 15, Goldspur (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}) got Godolphin and Charlie Appleby's Future Champions Day at Newmarket off to a flyer on Saturday as he mastered Unconquerable (Ire) (Churchill {Ire}) and stablemate Hafit (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}) in a thrilling finale to the 10-furlong G3 Godolphin Flying Start Zetland S. Unable to gain extra experience following his debut 6 1/2-length romp when withdrawn from Epsom's Cazoo Derby "Wild Card" EBF Conditions S. after becoming upset in the stalls, Goldspur put that...

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Althiqa Heads Competitive First Lady

Godolphin's Althiqa (GB) (Dark Angel {Ire}) rides a two-race win skein in the U.S., but appears likely have to work for her third consecutive Grade I victory in of a competitive renewal of the GI First Lady S. at Keeneland Saturday, a 'Win and You're In' for the GI Breeders' Cup Filly&Mare Turf Nov. 6. On the board in all 11 career starts, the homebred posted her first win at the group level at Meydan in the G2 Cape Verdi S. in January before finishing third behind stablemate Summer Romance...

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Dubawi's Al Suhail Dominates The Challenge

Finding his metier again in Friday's G2 Godolphin Stud & Stable Staff Awards Challenge S., Godolphin's Al Suhail (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}) was able to dominate the seven-furlong test under forcing tactics from William Buick. Last seen winning a three-runner conditions event over this trip at Haydock Sept. 2, the hooded bay who had been third in the G1 Jebel Hatta at Meydan Mar. 6 and in the G2 Summer Mile at Ascot July 10 was instantly comfortable allowed to bowl along at the head of affairs. Stretching clear heading down...

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Dubawi's Space Blues Strikes For Belated Foret Success

Charlie Appleby had pencilled in ParisLongchamp's G1 Qatar Prix de la Foret as an end-of-season target for Godolphin's 'TDN Rising Star' Space Blues (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}) since 2019, but met with one setback after another at a vital juncture in recent seasons and prior engagements were not fulfilled. Scroll forward to 2021 and the 5-year-old chestnut delivered a performance of sheer brilliance to make up for previous absences and won going away in style at the end of the seven-furlong test. Space Blues's 2020 season was brought to a premature...

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Manobo Goes 4-for-4 in ParisLongchamp's G2 Prix Chaudenay

Godolphin's Manobo (Ire) (Sea the Stars {Ire}) maintained his perfect record when routing his rivals by 10 lengths and more in last month's Listed Prix Turenne at Saint-Cloud and continued on the upgrade with a game performance in Saturday's G2 Qatar Prix Chaudenay at ParisLongchamp, leading home a Charlie Appleby exacta for his fourth straight win. The 7-10 favourite, who had opened up with victories at Newbury and Kempton, employed patient tactics from the outset and lobbed along off a steady tempo in sixth for most of the 15-furlong stamina...

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€1.2-Million Goffs Foal Topper Set For Debut

Observations on the European Racing Scene turns the spotlight on the best European races of the day, highlighting well-pedigreed horses early in their careers, horses of note returning to action and young runners that achieved notable results in the sales ring. Today's Observations features the top lot of the 2019 Goffs November Foal Sale. 13.10 Newmarket, Mdn, £10,000, 2yo, 8fT Godolphin's hitherto unraced AL NAFIR (IRE) (Dubawi {Ire}), a Charlie Appleby trainee, topped the sheets when knocked down for €1.2-million at Goffs's 2019 November Foal Sale and is a son...

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