Search
where the horse is always the hero
Article Item
Posted 2021-09-30 14:00:31  
Pace the Challenge for ARC says Appleby

Godolphin trainer Charlie Appleby was pleased when Hurricane Lane drew two and Adayar 11 after the two well-credentialed contenders completed “simple breezes” at Moulton Paddocks in their final preparation for Sunday’s G1 Prix de ‘Arc de Triomphe.

“In the soft conditions that are likely to prevail, the draw is not a crucial factor with two horses, who have seen the mile and a half out well,” Appleby pointed out.

“On good ground, you would like to be drawn single figures, but when the ground becomes as soft as it’s likely to be, a good draw becomes less of an issue.

“It’s more a matter of where the pace of the race is going to be. There are horses who like to go forward drawn in all numbers — low, middle and outer.

“William Buick (Adayar) and James Doyle (Hurricane Lane) know the horses well. They know their strengths. When the gates open, they will know where they should be placing their horses.

“We know the soft ground is going to suit Hurricane Lane. But as a bonus, we know if it becomes a stamina-sapping Arc, he has already proven he has stamina in abundance. It’s a double positive for him,” the trainer added.

“Adayar showed as a two-year-old he likes soft ground. In the King George (at Ascot), he showed his class, as the ground was plenty quick enough that day. We are certainly happier being on soft rather than quick ground going into an Arc.

“With his draw (11), it will come down to what the pace is on the day,” he said.

Appleby reported both Frankel colts had come through their gallops today (Thursday) in excellent order. Both had their Arc partners aboard for the final breezes.

“They were simple breezes. Adayar has not missed a beat since the minor setback (prior to the Arc trials earlier this month). I couldn’t be happier with his well-being.

“As for Hurricane Lane, I’m very pleased the way he has come out of the St Leger. He’s had a busy season, so it has been a simple prep to have him ready for the Arc,” he said.

Hurricane Lane attempts to become the first Doncaster St Leger winner to triumph in the Arc in his Classic year. The Vincent O’Brien-trained Ballymoss won the St Leger in 1957 but had to wait until the following year to land the Arc.

Godolphin 

Rate:
Email link to a friend | Printable Version
  • Europe
    Displaying 10 ResultsSee All
    shock arc winner has bookies celebrating 2021-10-03

    Torquator Tasso sprang a huge surprise with victory for Germany in the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomp...

    View | Add Comment
    100th arc is a star studded line up 2021-10-01

    The magic of the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe has rarely been more radiant, with Sunday's 100th running...

    View | Add Comment
    st marks basilica retires2021-09-27

    Aidan O’Brien hailed St Mark’s Basilica as “possibly the best horse we have ever h...

    View | Add Comment
    arc field taking shape as stars set to be supplemented 2021-09-27

    There were no major surprises among the withdrawals at Monday's first forfeit stage for a glittering...

    View | Add Comment
    grafford to succeed de royer-dupre as aga khan trainer 2021-09-17

    Francis Graffard has described his new role as principal trainer in France to the Aga Khan as "...

    View | Add Comment
    french jocks banned for another six months 2021-08-13

    Pierre-Charles Boudot has been suspended from riding for a further six months by France Galop due to...

    View | Add Comment
    star us raider aims at europe 2021-08-05

    US raider Campanelle adds a fascinating extra dimension to what looks like being one of the best spr...

    View | Add Comment
    hurricane lane doubles up in french grade 12021-07-15

    Hurricane Lane produced a sensational display as he routed his opposition to record a quickfire G1 d...

    View | Add Comment
    leading french jockey in custody2021-05-12

    France's leading jockey, Pierre-Charles Boudot, was one of two riders taken into police custody on M...

    View | Add Comment
    frankel fee to remain unchanged2020-11-10

    Juddmonte on Tuesday became the latest breeding colossus to release their stud fees for 2021, with p...

    View | Add Comment