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Appleby has no qualms after thrusting Wuheida into 1,000 Guineas spotlight

HIGH HOPES: Charlie Appleby is confident Wuheida is primed and ready to make an impact in the 1,000 Guineas
HIGH HOPES: Charlie Appleby is confident Wuheida is primed and ready to make an impact in the 1,000 Guineas

A Godolphin versus Coolmore confrontation is on the cards as Group 1 winners Wuheida and Rhododendron are set to take each other on in the QIPCO 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket’s Rowley Mile Racecourse on Sunday, May 7.

Charlie Appleby’s Wuheida — winner of the Group 1 Prix Marcel Boussac — was one 57 initial entrants for the second race of this year’s QIPCO British Champions Series.

Speaking about the three-year-old filly, Godolphin’s Appleby said: “Wuheida is going great and has strengthened up.

“She has always been a lovely scopey filly and everything that you would like to see happen in terms of physical development has happened.

“Her preparation is all being geared towards the 1000 Guineas and it has always been the plan for her to go straight there without a prep race as she is a very clean-winded, straightforward filly.

“The stiff mile at Newmarket will suit her. We have always thought that the further she goes the better she will go and in the longer term we see her as an Oaks filly.”

Alongside Wuheida, Appleby has three other strings to his Guineas bow in the form of the Group 2 May Hill Stakes second Grecian Light, the 10 -length Newmarket maiden winner, Sobetsu, and the promising Dubawi filly Fashion Theory.

“Grecian Light has done a lot better than we could have imagined over the past few months. We will take in a trial with her and then see where we are,” he added.

“Sobetsu scoped dirty after her fifth in the Fillies’ Mile and has spent the winter in Dubai.

“We toyed with running her out there but decided against it and she looks a million dollars at the moment.

“She needs to redeem herself and will be pointed towards a trial.

“Fashion Theory is still a maiden and has the highest mountain to climb to get to the Guineas.

“But she has done particularly well through the winter and if she were to post an impressive maiden win it could put her in the picture.”

Meanwhile, in the QIPCO 2000 Guineas (Saturday, May 6), last year’s winner with Galileo Gold — Kremlin Cottage Stables-based Hugo Palmer — has five entrants this time around with Best Of Days, Escobar, Gulliver, Omeros and Via Serendipity.

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