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Appleby musing over new trip for Speech

Appleby musing over new trip for Speech Jun 19, 2024

By Sam Turner - 

Charlie Appleby has raised the intriguing prospect of trying a new trip with Notable Speech following a disappointing run from the 2000 Guineas hero in the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot.

A winner of his first three starts on a synthetic start at Kempton, the Dubawi colt proved his top-level class with a stunning turf debut in last month’s Rowley Mile Classic, beating the subsequent Irish Guineas winner Rosallion, who was again in opposition.

The Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum-owned Rosallion proved much the best when the duo enjoyed a rematch on day one of the meeting, confirming his status as number one in the three-year-old miling division with a brave defeat of Henry Longfellow.

In contrast, Notable Speech looked laboured in the straight under William Buick when asked to make a challenge and Appleby was at a loss to explain the performance.

“We probably won’t have an explanation at this moment to be honest with you and Will (Buick) rode his race as he has done many a time, we have always sat off the pace and he’s a horse who has always picked up when asked,” said Appleby.

“Will said when he pulled him out and asked him to pick up, he didn’t, and more importantly he didn’t run through the line, that is probably the biggest thing I’ll take out of it at the moment as well as getting beat.

“All seemed fine afterwards and there were no abnormalities, he just didn’t fire, which is disappointing when you look at the result and how it played out.

“We’ll see if anything comes out in the wash, and the one thing is, we always questioned the mile and whether that would be the end of his gauge. Whether this horse with racing has got quicker and so maybe coming back in trip might be what we need to be looking at.

“It’s exciting and there’s races for him like the Prix Jean Prat and a nice, sharp, turning Breeders’ Cup (Mile). It’s early days and with these unbeaten horses there is always disappointment when they get beaten. But the other side of it is, if you run them enough times, they will eventually get beaten.”


Godolphin will be hoping for better fortune when Trawlerman returns to the scene of his biggest victory for Europe’s premier staying contest, the G1 Gold Cup on Thursday.

The son of Golden Horn rounded off an unbeaten autumn for John & Thady Gosden with a rallying neck victory over 2022 Gold Cup winner Kyprios in the G2 British Champions Long Distance Cup at the course in October.

Successful in the 2022 Ebor Handicap, Trawlerman makes his second outing of the year after coming home third in the G2 Dubai Gold Cup on Dubai World Cup Night.

Buick, who rides the six-year-old, told the Godolphin website: “I sat on Trawlerman for the first time last week and he’s in great form. He was a good third in the Dubai Gold Cup and the question with him and a lot of the others is the last half mile.”

Also on the card, fellow Ascot winner Diamond Rain puts her unbeaten record on the line in the G2 Ribblesdale Stakes.

The Shamardal filly closed late to score on her debut at the track in May before a decisive victory in a Newbury Listed race later the same month.

Appleby added: “Diamond Rain is two from two and brings some experience of Ascot into the race, while we feel that the step up to a mile and a half is going to suit.

“She improved from her first to second run and looks to have progressed again since. It’s always a competitive contest but she heads into it in great shape.”