Charlie Appleby's On The Warpath could be bound for Wokingham Handicap after Longholes Handicap Stakes victory at Newmarket
On The Warpath may have opened up plenty of doors for trainer Charlie Appleby after dropping back in trip to land the Longholes Handicap Stakes in the hands of William Buick at the Rowley Mile on Sunday.
The Godolphin-owned four-year-old, who had been running well over further than this six-furlong trip in Dubai, powered to a three-length success from Summerghand and Derby-winning trainer Appleby is now plotting a course to Royal Ascot next month with the Declaration Of War gelding.
He said: “He has been consistent for us during the winter in Meydan. He ran here at the bet365 Craven meeting in a race that his stablemate Mubtasim won, and he is a horse we have always liked as well.
“All credit to James (Doyle), who rode On The Warpath in second that day. He said that he would be more than capable if we dropped him back to six furlongs.
“He has done just that today and hopefully, going forward, that does open up some avenues.
“We will look at something potentially like the Wokingham Handicap for him. We will have to see what the handicapper does.
“He is right on the edge of Group company and the race was run in a decent enough time. We will enjoy today, regroup, and have a think next week.”
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