Monday 18 December 2017

New Godolphin trainer off the mark at Ascot

Godolphin trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni arrives at the British Horseracing Authority Headquarters, London.
Godolphin trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni arrives at the British Horseracing Authority Headquarters, London.

Simon Milham

New trainer Charlie Appleby saddled his first winner for Godolphin when Expressly bolted up on her debut at Ascot.

The Street Cry filly (7/2) made light work of her seven rivals to score by four and a half lengths from Mu'ajiza (12/1) in the maiden fillies' contest. Snow Powder (14/1) was a further neck back in third.

Appleby, who was assistant to banned trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni, was only granted a licence to train 200 horses for Godolphin at Moulton Paddocks in Newmarket last week, after the BHA concluded he had "no awareness of the actions" of his former boss.

The 38-year-old was not present to welcome in Mickael Barzalona's mount, which was equipped with a hood for her debut.

Barzalona said: "Charlie didn't want to take any chances with her so we applied the hood. So well done Charlie. I'm sure he will have many more winners."

Ryan Moore and Richard Hannon maintained their pursuit for their respective jockeys' and trainers' titles with a sparkling double.

Moore moved to within eight winners of championship leader and title-holder Richard Hughes with wins aboard the Hannon-pair Piping Rock and Red Refraction.

The Acomb Stakes at York could be the next target of Piping Rock, following a successful front-running debut in the six-furlong maiden for juveniles.

The two-year-old (7/2) held off the late thrust of Makhfar for a length-and-a-quarter victory.

Mark Smyly, representing Hannon, said: "Ryan felt that seven furlongs would be ideal and he felt he was very green in front, but he did it professionally. The Acomb Stakes at York looks a possible target now."

The pair doubled up when Red Refraction (4/1) stayed on well to take the six-furlong spring handicap from Can You Conga.

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