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Peace Trail makes perfect start for Charlie Appleby at Newmarket

Peace Trail made a winning debut with a game front-running success in the BBAG Premier Yearling Sales Maiden Fillies' Stakes at Newmarket.

Peace Trail makes perfect start for Charlie Appleby at Newmarket

Peace Trail made a winning debut with a game front-running success in the BBAG Premier Yearling Sales Maiden Fillies' Stakes at Newmarket.

Trainer: Charlie Appleby
Trainer: Charlie Appleby Picture:Racing and Sports

After teaming up with James Doyle to take the seven-furlong contest last year with subsequent Group One winner Wuheida Horseform, trainer Charlie Appleby was on the mark again with the daughter of Kyllachy.

Although forced to work hard late on, the 6-4 favourite had enough in hand to see off the late charge of Altyn Orda by half a length.


Appleby said: "She is a filly that came from the breeze-up and has taken a bit of time after to get settled down.

"She often trains in a hood, but we whipped that off today and I said to James 'let her prick her ears and set her off in front'.

"Once she hit the rising ground, I thought she would take a bit of passing. She saw the trip out well but there are no lofty entries for her."

Gold Town scored for the first time since winning on debut at Newbury with victory in the Royal British Legion Nursery Handicap.

Having finished down the field in the Chesham at Royal Ascot, the son of Street Cry made his second start since he underwent a gelding operation a successful one in the seven-furlong event.

Quickly out of the stalls, the 5-6 favourite gradually wound matters up from the sharp end before running out a three-and-three-quarter-length winner to complete quickfire doubles for Appleby and Doyle.

Appleby said: "He ran a good race on his last start.

"He is a horse that always leads a lot of work at home. I said to James keep it simple and ride him like you were riding a bit of work.

"That's probably him done now. I might just consider giving him a break as he is a horse that I have pencilled in for Dubai."

Thundering Blue survived a stewards' inquiry to claim a second win on the bounce in the German Young Owners And Breeders Handicap.

The four-year-old backed up his win at Epsom last time out in the 10-furlong contest, giving his trainer David Menuisier a second winner at the track in the space of two days.

Despite wandering about late on, the 11-2 shot was good value for his length success over Atkinson Grimshaw.

Menuisier said: "He was just looking around a bit when he hit the rising ground. I think he will be better on quicker ground. I declared him as I looked at the forecast and I thought the ground would dry out. It is only on the slow side of good.

"He likes a lot of pace and I think the quicker the ground, the better. He will prove me right or wrong down the line."

Peter Bowen is more accustomed to landing top National Hunt prizes but he may have contender for one of Flat racing's biggest handicaps after Rolling Maul (8-1) made it three from three on the level with a gutsy head success in the Aspall Cyder Handicap.

Winning jockey Josh Bryan said: "He is not a bad hurdler but he doesn't really enjoy it quite as much anymore.

"If he gets in the Cesarewitch that would be perfect for him.

"The ground will be good to soft by then and two and a quarter miles would be spot on."

The Charlie Fellowes-trained Accession (10-1) defied his advancing years when coasting home by two and a quarter lengths to go one better than 12 months ago in the BBAG-sales.de Handicap.

Jockey Martin Lane said of the eight-year-old,: "He got hammered (by the handicapper) for winning at the Rowley Mile last year but he was back down to a mark he could win off.

"The ground was not very nice which is something he handles better than most.

"He will probably get smashed again as when he wins well he wins too well for his own good."

Naval Warfare (5-1), from the yard of Andrew Balding, put two tame efforts behind him when running out a two-and-a-half-length winner of the Royal British Legion Handicap.
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