Royal Ascot: Highland Avenue pleases Charlie Appleby with ‘battle-hardened’ prep for St James’s Palace Stakes

A “battle-hardened” Highland Avenue leads the hopes of Derby-winning coach Charlie Appleby going into Royal Ascot subsequent week.

The Newmarket Feilden Stakes winner adopted dwelling John and Thady Gosden’s contender Mostahdaf at Sandown on his newest effort, however happy his coach within the delicate floor and underneath a penalty weight.

The pair might effectively do battle once more within the St James’s Palace Stakes on the opening day of Ascot’s five-day assembly, reside on Sky Sports Racing.

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Asked about his plans for the St James’s Palace Stakes, for which he has 4 entries, Appleby advised Sky Sports Racing: “As it stands at the moment, Highland Avenue will go there.

“We noticed him end second at Sandown on the delicate floor there. He’s come out of the race very effectively. I used to be delighted with the run and he had the penalty.

Royal Ascot Group 1 races

2.30 Tuesday – The Queen Anne Stakes

3.40 Tuesday – The King’s Stand Stakes

4.20 Tuesday – The St James’s Palace Stakes

3.40 Wednesday – The Prince of Wales’s Stakes

4.20 Thursday – The Gold Cup

3.40 Friday – The Commonwealth Cup

4.20 Friday – The Coronation Stakes

4.20 Saturday – The Diamond Jubilee Stakes

“I’m a giant believer that if you go to Ascot you have to be battle-hardened. He’s put that onto his CV now.

“He gained effectively at Newmarket and had had that profile from the all-weather. Going to Sandown was very a lot a stepping stone to the St James’s Palace, so long as he ran effectively.

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“I’m very much looking forward to seeing him on a quicker surface at Ascot.

“We’ll add La Barrosa into the St James’s Palace image. We had been happy with his run on the Curragh on his final begin there. It was simply the delicate floor that I felt meant we did not see the most effective of him. He travelled effectively into the race however simply could not decide up in that floor.

“He’s come out of that race well and deserves to be in the line-up.”

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Naval Crown, in blue, is about to drop again in journey for the Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot

Naval Crown will drop again to seven furlongs for the Jersey Stakes per week on Saturday after his fourth within the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket.

“As we saw in Dubai, he’s got a lot of natural pace,” Appleby mentioned. “He lost nothing in defeat on his first run back and then ran a very gallant race in the Guineas.

“It’s very a lot a tempo angle, that is his forte.

“We might step Creative Force up from six [furlongs] to seven to run him in the Jersey as well.

“On what he is achieved he deserves to be at Ascot. On his pedigree there is not any cause why he should not be capable of step as much as the seven.”


Derby profitable jockey Adam Kirby pays tribute to coach Charlie Appleby for displaying religion in him in using Adayar to victory at Epsom.

Recent Yarmouth winner New Science is all set for the Chesham Stakes after delighting Appleby with his debut victory.

“His homework has always pleased us,” Appleby mentioned. “Physically, he’s done well for his run and had an easy time for a week after his run. He’s back in full work now and mentally and physically he’s taken it all very well.

“We’re very a lot trying ahead to taking him to Ascot.

“He’s a nice work horse, not electric. He’s a sharp, seven furlong individual. We’ve got some nice seven furlong horses coming through but for what he’s achieved so far, he’d be up there in the top rank.”

Appleby reviews all three of this Derby runners to be effectively after the race. Epsom winner Adayar is being aimed toward Ascot in July for the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes, whereas third-placed Hurricane Lane heads to the Curragh for the Irish Derby.

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One Ruler, who completed in sixth, has the choice of the Hampton Court Stakes at Royal Ascot however Appleby can also be contemplating a visit to the US for the Belmont Derby.

“We’re going to take a look at him over the next few days and whether he goes into the Hampton Court,” Appleby mentioned. “He’d have a four-pound penalty in there but we’re slightly looking more on the international scene for him. Something like the Belmont Derby could well be on his radar.”


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