Appleby celebrates his season century in style

CENTURY MAKER: Charlie Appleby's Godolphin-owned Wordcraft (all blue) storms through in the 3:55 filles' maiden under the guidance of James Doyle
CENTURY MAKER: Charlie Appleby's Godolphin-owned Wordcraft (all blue) storms through in the 3:55 filles' maiden under the guidance of James Doyle

Charlie Appleby celebrated his 100th winner of the season at Newmarket on Saturday following the impressive success of newcomer Wordcraft.

The Newmarket handler reached the milestone for the first time in the Trainers’ Championship, which starts and ends in November, after the three-year old secured a length-and-a-half victory in the seven furlong fillies’ maiden.

“That was great as it was our 100th winner of the season,” said Appleby.

“It has been a real team effort and the first time that Moulton Paddocks has achieved that. I would call it a good season although there is still along way to go.

“She is a nice filly out of a very good Australian mare who is all speed. I was a bit concerned about the ground as it would have been plenty quick enough but her class saw her through.”

Peacock booked his ticket to Royal Ascot along with franking the form of ante-post Investec Derby favourite Golden Horn after clinching victory in the Fairway Stakes.

Having finished second behind the John Gosden-trained three-year old on his last outing in the Feilden Stakes at the track in April, the Richard Hannon-trained colt, which is owned by The Queen, stamped his authority over his rivals after showing the benefit of a step up to a mile-and-a-quarter to take a length-and-a-half victory in the Listed contest.

“It was great and he did it nicely. On form I hoped he might win,” said John Warren, racing manager to The Queen.

“Last time he was here Richard (Hughes) said he got a bit unbalanced in the dip. He will go for the Tercentenary Stakes as that is the plan we had talked about with the trainer.

“Richard said that he is just so tough and that he can’t get to the bottom of him he is a real gritty horse like his father (Paco Boy).

Shalaa showed his true colours with a clear-cut success in the opening six-furlong maiden in the hands of Frankie Dettori.

After being held back by his inexperience on his debut at Newbury, the son of Invincible Spirit proved to be a different proposition second time round after scoring by an eased down two-lengths.

“He had a bit of stage fright at Newbury and was just looking around at the other horses. He was still learning today,” said Newmarket handler Gosden.

“We don’t want to rush him. He will go for a conditions race then on to something at the July meeting. He is a nice horse that just needs to learn to grow up a bit.

“He is only a baby so we won’t be roaring off to Royal Ascot with him.”

Joe Fanning had plenty of reasons to be cheerful after teaming up with trainer Mark Johnston to partner a double on just his second day back from a spell on the sidelines.

After being forced out of action for a short time following a fall at Catterick at the start of May, Fanning ensured it was business as usual with victories aboard Watersmeet in the mile-and-half handicap and Mukhmal in the six-furlong handicap.

Sahaafy registered a second win of the season to end a lean spell for trainer Barry Hills in the mile handicap, while Ryan Moore, having endured a frustrating afternoon, signed off with a winner after steering Forgotten Hero to glory in the concluding mile-and-a-quarter contest.

Twenty four hours earlier at the track, the day belonged to William Buick after riding a treble including two for Appleby.

After teaming up with the Godolphin handler to claim the opening six-furlong fillies’ maiden aboard odds-on favourite Blossomtime, Buick scored in the operations blue silks for a second time at the meeting when forcing home Space Age in the feature mile-and-a-quarter handicap.

Buick’s final winner on the card came aboard the Ralph Beckett trained Air Squadron in the one-mile-six-furlong handicap.

n Up at Haydock on Saturday, fast improving sprinter Adaay, trained in town by William Haggas, warmed up for the inaugural running of the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot later this month with convincing win in the Group Two 888sport Sandy Lane Stakes.

Veteran sprinter Kingsgate Native rolled back the years to take victory in the 888sport Achilles Stakes.

Trained in Six Mile Bottom by Rob Cowell the 10-year-old finished fastest of them all to take the Listed contest by a length-and-a-quarter.