Adayar will be stronger next year, trainer Charlie Appleby claims after Ascot’s success

Adayar will be stronger next year, trainer Charlie Appleby claims after the colt became the first Derby winner to land the King George in the same season since Galileo in 2001

  • Adayar claimed an emphatic length and three quarters victory over Ascot on Saturday
  • Adayar now has the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in October in his direct sights
  • Stablemate Hurricane Lane is being prepared for the St Leger in September

Trainer Charlie Appleby has opened up the possibility that the impressive King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Qipco Stakes winner Adayar will remain in training as a four-year-old next season alongside Irish Derby-winning stable mate Hurricane Lane, when he believes both foals will be on their own. top.

Adayar became the first Derby winner to land the King George in the same season since Galileo in 2001 with an emphatic length and three-quarters win over Ascot.

William Buick’s mountain now has the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in his direct sights in October, while Hurricane Lane is aimed at the St Leger in September.

Adayar claimed an emphatic length and three quarters victory over Ascot on Saturday

But if both colts race in 2022, it would give owner Sheik Mohammed and his Godolphin operation a chance to recreate the glory days of the 1990s when Daylami, Fantastic Light and Swain dominated.

Appleby said: “Those discussions won’t come until later in the year, but I saw no reason why the pair wouldn’t be in training next year.

“The world is their oyster right now – the mile-and-a-half division is there for them to rule.

“If anything, Adayar could come back remotely next year. He seems to be getting sharper. He wouldn’t have beaten two furlongs on Saturday, he would have covered the race as soon as he turned in.

“That’s another path for the horse when it’s fully developed.”

Adayar and Hurricane Lane, both Frankel’s sons, have only run six times each.

Appleby added: “You squeeze what they’re already achieving when you think they should be better as four-year-olds, even if that sounds crazy now that Adayar has just won the Derby and King George. But he only gets stronger as he gets fuller.’

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