‘I’d like to see him in the Champion Stakes’ – Adayar easily wins a comeback | horse racing news

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William Buick peeks at his rivals aboard the easy winner Adayar

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Written by David Carr

Thursday: Hilton Garden Inn Doncaster Terms Stakes, Doncaster

Charlie Appleby hinted that Adayar could return to Ascot for the Qipco Champion Stakes next month after a smooth win on Thursday.

Adayar won the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes by 1m4f on the track last summer, having also landed the derby on the same trip, and his odds of winning the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe dropped to 10-1 (from 25) by Coral.

But his coach is looking forward to the square-meter bout on Champions Day, where he has a 6-1 chance with Coral, believing the test will suit the four-year-old, and bearing in mind that the success of the first set on the shorter ride will boost him. Appeal as a stallion.

The race over a shorter distance was no hindrance as Godolphin Colt returned from 11 months of playing in the £50,000 terms stakes.

Held by William Buick and still going home straight, he set out to beat his advantageous rivals by three, three quarters and six lengths by 2-7.

Although keen to stress that Longchamp was still an option for the colt who finished fourth there last year, Appleby said: “Hand in hand, I’d like to see this horse in the Champion Stakes.

“I don’t take a bow out of the equation by any stretch of the imagination, but I’ve always been looking for that mile and a quarter for him.

“I think this would suit him. He’s an excellent traveler, he’s traveled the Ark—if you were a man to bet on his delivery your house would have been on him.”

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Adayar runs clear for an easy victory

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The trainer admitted that Adayar was going through more challenging workouts at home than he did in his first race in 2022, and said, “I’m happy. I didn’t want to give this horse a tough start to the season.”

“It was pretty much in my mind that I didn’t have time to face the ‘rebound’ factor, so I wanted him to have it, dare I say it, on a racetrack and that’s what he went and did.

“It’s great that it went so smoothly and for him to do it the way he did, he couldn’t have been more impressive.

“That’s not going to take anything away from him, so wherever we go, Champions Day or Arc, this will be our first real run of the season. That’s what you want.”

Appleby also thinks Adayar’s freshness could be in his favour this fall.

“I’d like to run him all season, but I’m making the most of my hand and I see it as positive that he’s going through the fall campaign with new legs,” he said.

“When you drive you in these Group 1 events, it tells us the end of the year, especially on soft ground. I saw her with this horse last year, he said at the end of the year.”

Buick was equally happy with Adayar and said, “He did it really well and the way you want him to do it, so he should be able to build from this.

“We all know how good he is, it’s just nice to have a nice comeback under his belt. He showed his quality and everything he’s got, so it was so much fun.

“It’s quite a test there. For a horse that hasn’t run for a long time, you can imagine it would get better for it.”


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First published at 4:27 PM on Sep 8, 2022