Charlie Appleby has quickly made an enormous impact training his tranche of the Godolphin empire, and EMOTIONLESS can provide further evidence of his skills by landing the Group 1 Dubai Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket on Saturday.
The Sharmadal colt did not have his first run until August on the July Course, when he impressed me, hammering Perkunas over seven furlongs.
It was over the same distance next time out that he underlined his potential in the Group 2 Champagne Stakes at Doncaster, beating Ibn Malkin by three-and-a-half lengths.
This progressive individual should be backed to complete his hat-trick at the expense of Irish raider Air Force Blue and the hat-trick seeking Tashweeq from the Arc De Triomphe-winning John Gosden.
Later in the afternoon, David Elsworth can continue reaping his rich autumn harvest with MASTER THE WORLD in the Group 3 Darley Stakes.
A winner on the July Course in June, he had a quiet spell but bounced back with a great effort in the Cambridgeshire.
When he hit the front two furlongs from home, it looked as if Elsworth would land another notable triumph, but he was worried out of it close to home by Third Time Lucky.
His trainer believes he has the ability to make this step up into Pattern Race company.
Jane Chapple-Hyam’s Energia Davos was down the field in the Cambridgeshire, but is respected on his previous win at Ascot, and Roger Varian’s Decorated Knight, a creditable third to Time Test in the Shadwell Joel Stakes, is the one from whom Master The World has most to do.
Sir Mark Prescott could be mob handed in the Cesarewitch as he bids to snare this stamina-sapping prize, which has escaped him over the years.
Stable jockey Luke Morris gives us a hint by opting for MOSCATO, but the other Heath House entries WILLIAM OF ORANGE and DEAUVILLE DANCER will also give their backers a run for their money.
Roger Varian’s progressive Steve Rogers will have his admirers, but my suggestion is an each-way interest at long odds on Lucy Wadham’s NOBLE SILK even though he finished down the field when ridden by Frankie Dettori in this race last year.
Noble Silk can be a quirky character, but if caught in the right mood could provide his multi-tasking trainer with a notable flat prize before her strong team of jumpers roars into action.
Tomorrow at Newmarket, the all-conquering John Gosden saddles NATHRA for the Group 1 Dubai Fillies Mile.
A winner on her at Salisbury, she then stormed home seven lengths clear of Alqubbah in a hot Newbury race.
The Iffraaj filly has continued to catch the eye on the gallops and I take her to halt the progress of the fancied Irish raider Minding.
On the same card, James Fanshawe’s STAR STORM is the one to be on in the Vision Old Rowley Cup, with David Simcock’s BRETON ROCK the likely winner of the Dubai Challenge Stakes.
York stages an attractive meeting on Saturday, and I suggest an each-way Round Robin on Alan Bailey’s Ayr Bronze Cup winner GO FAR (3.25), who has Foxy Forever to beat, Geoff Peckham’s MAJROOH (5.10) and James Eustace’s AVIATOR (4.35).
If Aviator waits for the Professional NH Jockeys Handicap at Goodwood on Sunday, take the hint with David Elsworth’s MARK HOPKINS (4.45) and BASTILLE DAY (5.15) other likely winners on the Sussex track.
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Buckstay (W 5-1), Golden Horn (W 26-5), The Tin Man (W 4-1) Covert Love (W 18-5) and Flying Hammer (W 15-8) gave Journal readers a weekend to remember.