In-Form Charlie Appleby Bids For More Newbury Magic
In-form Charlie Appleby sends four horses to Newbury
There is now just over £75,000 separating Andrew Balding and Charlie Appleby in the Trainers’ Championship standing. With the title race set to be one of the closest in recent times, Charlie Appleby will take comfort in the fact that his yard could hardly be in better form.
The Newmarket-based Appleby’s last thirteen runners have produced combined form figures of 1131211103212, and he will hope that incredible run continues when he sends four runners to Newbury on Friday – a track where he has been profitable to follow (+9.63 to a £1 stake) in recent years.
With this in mind, here at Racing Tips, we have delved deeper into the chances of his four entrants. Check out our thoughts below.
SILK ROMANCE – (1:45 Newbury)
Charlie Appleby’s first runner on the Newbury card is SILK ROMANCE, in the fillies’ conditions stakes. Building on a respectable debut second at Kempton, where she finished one place ahead of the now 95-rated Banshee, Silk Romance justified prohibitive odds when landing a Newmarket novice last month.
She posted an RPR of 92 there, which is the highest recorded by any runner in this line-up, and granted natural improvement should prove tough to beat here.
KING OF CONQUEST – (2:25 Newbury)
Charlie Appleby took this contest last season with subsequent Great Voltiguer winner Yibir, and he appears to hold strong claims of a follow-up success courtesy of KING OF CONQUEST.
This colt was picked up for 900,000 guineas as a yearling, being a brother to the Group-placed King Vega.
Sent off the 6/4 favourite for a Sandown maiden on debut last month, King Of Conquest pulled clear of his rivals that day – ultimately running out a comfortable two and a half-length winner.
This represents a step up in class, but he will have no issues with the ground conditions on offer and looks a likely improver now tackling a mile for the first time.
AL SUHAIL – (3:30 Newbury)
AL SUHAIL gained his first win for over twelve months when landing a small-field conditions race at Haydock a fortnight ago.
This clearly represents a step up on that assignment, but that victory should have done him the world of good mentally, and William Buick stays aboard this afternoon.
7f appears Al Suhail’s optimum trip, and having won on soft ground in the past, these conditions hold no fears.
D’BAI – (3:30 Newbury)
Al Suhail is not Appleby’s only runner in the day’s feature race, however, as he also sends D’bai to contest this Listed contest.
The popular seven-year-old is making his thirty-eighth career start here, and shaped as though a ninth career victory may not be far off when runner-up in the Group 2 Park Stakes six days ago.
Today’s drop-in class should suit D’bai, who was third in this very race last year, but an official rating of 109 does leave him with a little to find on these terms, including with stablemate Al Suhail, who William Buick seemingly prefers this afternoon.