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Tue 7 Sep 2021

Charlie Appleby’s Derby and King George hero Adayar has had a minor setback which has ruled him out of the Prix Niel this weekend and he will now head straight for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.

His victory at Epsom came at 16-1 after a late gamble but he proved there was absolutely no fluke in that display when beating his elders in a classy King George performance at Ascot.

Appleby had hoped to run the Frankel colt at ParisLongchamp on Sunday to put him spot on for the European showpiece, but an infection in a hind leg just halted his preparations.

The trainer told “Adayar missed a couple of days, and after discussions, we felt there was no need to press on to a trial (for the Arc). So, the decision was made to head straight to the Arc.

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“He has resumed full training, and as a Derby and King George winner, he fully deserves to be running in what is shaping up to be a vintage Arc.”

Hurricane Lane is reported to be in great shape for Saturday’s Cazoo St Leger at Doncaster and could afterwards join Adayar in the Arc line-up.

Appleby is confident the son of Frankel will stay at Town Moor. He said: “Obviously, it is the big question for all of them. Will they stay the extra two furlongs? In his case, I think he will.

“He goes into the Leger with rock solid form. He’s only been beaten once — he finished third in the Derby, and he lost two shoes. We feel there is enough evidence there to say he will stay. He is the class horse in the field."

He added: “When he went to Epsom in June, he was unbeaten in three starts and relatively inexperienced. That was his undoing on the day. But what we have seen since is a much sharper model. He is mentally stronger and more mature, and he is ready for this.

“William (Buick) rode him in a good piece of work (on Wednesday, 1 September), ten days out from the Leger, and he was delighted. He looked great, he moved well. He’s been doing routine work since then, and he continues to please,” he reported.

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Appleby added the Arc will be on the cards if Hurricane Lane comes through Doncaster in good order. “We are lucky to have two very good middle-distance horses on our hands, and if both are fit and well, we will run the pair of them in the Arc.

“Those discussions will take place in the weeks leading up to the Arc,” he added.

In other news, Appleby will send the unbeaten Native Trail to the Curragh for Sunday’s Vincent O’Brien National Stakes, attempting to emulate Quorto and Pinatubo, two former Champion juveniles from Moulton Paddocks.

“Native Trail’s prep has gone well. It has always been the plan to progress from the Superlative Stakes at Newmarket to the National Stakes at the Curragh. It’s a well-trodden path for ourselves,” he said.

Master Of The Seas, runner-up to Poetic Flare in the 2,000 Guineas, is expected to return to racing in the Joel Stakes at Newmarket on September 24.

This follows a setback that put him out for the summer. “The plan is to run him in the Joel Stakes, then all going well, he could take in the QEII on British Champions Day or the Breeders’ Cup Mile at Del Mar,” the trainer said.

Yibir is to miss Sunday’s Irish St Leger and will instead be sent to New York for the Jockey Club Derby Invitational, and will be joined on the same card by stablemate Creative Flair in the Jockey Club Oaks.

The same weekend, Walton Street will head for the Canadian International at Woodbine, and he will be joined by juveniles Wild Beauty and Albahr, who are to target the Natalma Stakes and Summer Stakes, respectively, both ‘win and you are in’ races for the Breeders’ Cup. All the races in Canada are Grade One contests.

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