Appleby’s Stakes hope

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Recent Group Three winner Rouleau heads an international nine-runner field for the £50,000 Somerville Tattersall Stakes at Newmarket’s Rowley Mile Racecourse today.

A high quality line-up for the seven furlong Group Three race, which forms part of the first day of the three-day Cambridgeshire meeting, includes challengers from France and Ireland and not to mention Clive Cox’s exciting five-length maiden winner Zonderland.

Trained by Charlie Appleby, Rouleau lifted the Group Three Sierenia Stakes at Kempton Park earlier this month, having previously been placed in the Molecomb Stakes at Goodwood.

“Rouleau has been ultra-consistent throughout his two-year-old campaign,” Appleby said. “I am hoping that he will be competitive on this first try at seven furlongs. If he is it will open up doors for him in the future.

“I don’t think that it will prove to be out of his range as he helped force a merry gallop in the Sirenia and then found again when he was challenged late on. He has always tended to be doing his best work towards the end of his races.

“He’s a very relaxed horse with a great temperament who doesn’t light up in the mornings, so that should help him on Thursday. He will be switched off and ridden to get the trip.”

Rouleau will carry a three pound penalty for that Kempton success, as will Orvar, who is just back from Turkey where he landed the lucrative Group Three Trakya Trophy.

“He does have a penalty but Thursday may be one of the last chances this season for him to run on a sound surface,” Appleby said.