Flying Honours (GB)

'Whoever Wins Is A Leading Derby Player' – Appleby Has Say On Dante

   With the Derby picture unclear, it is probably welcome that Thursday's G2 Al Basti Equiworld Dubai Dante S. has no stand-out among its dozen participants. George Strawbridge's TDN Rising Star Epictetus (Ire) (Kingman {GB}) bids to continue the momentum of the Gosdens and Frankie following the Musidora and step forward from his seasonal debut much as his stablemate Soul Sister (Ire) (Frankel {GB}) did on Wednesday. On the face of it, a workmanlike defeat of inferior rivals in Epsom's 10-furlong Listed Blue Riband Trial would not be enough to...

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Appleby's Flying Honours Pleases In Newmarket Gallop

Godolphin's Flying Honours (GB) (Sea The Stars {Ire}) worked a mile under William Buick at Newmarket's Rowley Mile on Friday. The work was preparation for a start in the G1 Betfred Derby at Epsom Downs in June. The 3-year-old colt worked in company with GI Breeders' Cup Turf hero Yibir (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}) and Natural World (Ire) (Frankel {GB}) prior to Friday's card. The G2 Dante S. at York on May 18 is next on the G3 Zetland S. hero's agenda. Appleby said, "I'm delighted with that piece of work....

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Derby Attracts 20 Second Entries Led By White Birch

Fresh off of his victory in the G3 Ballysax S. on Sunday, White Birch (GB) (Ulysses {Ire}) leads 19 other colts as second entries for the G1 Derby at Epsom on Saturday, June 3. Owned by Chantal Regalado-Gonzalez and trained by John Murphy, the colt scored a half-length upset in the Ballysax at 22-1. Several Derby second entries were also made by Charlie Appleby on behalf of Godolphin. Leading the sextet is GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf second Silver Knott (GB) (Lope De Vega {Ire}), while listed winner Naval Power...

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Appleby Outlines Targets For Stable Stars In The New Year

Charlie Appleby, fresh off two consecutive UK trainers' titles,  will have a host of stars to go to war with in 2023, among them Godolphin's undefeated G2 Gimcrack S. hero Noble Style (GB) (Kingman {GB}). The son of listed winner and Group 3-placed Eartha Kitt (GB) (Pivotal {GB}), named a 'TDN Rising Star' off his winning debut at Ascot in May, is earmarked for the G3 Greenham S. in April, before a possible bid for G1 2000 Guineas glory in May. He said, "Noble Style has not been seen since...

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Sea The Stars' Flying Honours On Top In The Zetland

Flying Honours, who was 2-7 when caught out by a sprint finish last time, had placed himself among the key 2023 Derby prospects previously when beating the subsequent Haynes, Hanson & Clark winner Stormbuster (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}) by 5 1/2 lengths in Salisbury's Listed Stonehenge S. also at a mile Aug. 19. Charlie Appleby was delighted to have him back on track. "As William said, you can see how we got beat last time. They have gone a good gallop today and he has had to stay and stay well...

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Churchill's The Foxes Wins The Royal Lodge

Just minutes after the fellow Listed Chesham S. flop Crypto Force (GB) (Time Test {GB}) had caused an upset in the G2 Beresford S., King Power's The Foxes (Ire) (Churchill {Ire}) did the same in Newmarket's G2 Juddmonte Royal Lodge S. , a "Win And You're In" for the GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf at Keeneland in November. Only ninth in that June 18 Royal Ascot contest, the Andrew Balding-trained 440,000gns Book 1 graduate had come back to break his maiden in a Goodwood maiden also over seven furlongs July...

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Sea The Stars' Flying Honours Impresses Again

Lighting up Salisbury on Friday evening, Godolphin's TDN Rising Star Flying Honours (GB) (Sea The Stars {Ire}) dominated the Listed Longines Irish Champions Weekend 10-11 September EBF Stonehenge S. as he had his July 27 Sandown novice to suggest he will be a leading light for next year's Derby. Always travelling comfortably under James Doyle taking a lead, the 4-11 favourite was allowed to cruise to Stormbuster (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}) and when let loose quickly overwhelmed that rival with over a furlong remaining en route to a 5 1/2-length success....

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Sea The Stars' Flying Honours A New TDN Rising Star

Charlie Appleby's juveniles are really starting to come to the fore and Flying Honours (GB) (Sea The Stars {Ire}) was the latest to shine brightly as he earned TDN Rising Star status with a 9 1/2-length success in Sandown's British Stallion Studs EBF Novice S. on Wednesday. Sent off the 2-5 favourite for the seven-furlong contest won 12 months ago by El Bodegon (Ire) (Kodiac {GB}), having finished fourth in the Newmarket July Festival maiden won by TDN Rising Star Epictetus (Ire) (Kingman {GB}), the son of the G3 Prix...

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