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Charlie Appleby: Godolphin coach had an excellent night in Belmont and Woodbine on Saturday

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The dominant success of modern games at the Woodbine Mile was the highlight of Charlie Appleby’s brilliant Saturday in North America, which featured two first-class wins and provided a host of indicators for the Breeders Cup.

The two-year-old’s mysterious night, like the Modern Games that William Buick rides on, was a similarly impressive winner at the Summer Stakes, the other top-tier one at Woodbine, in Toronto, Canada.

In the United States, Frankie Dettori led the Appleby-trained Nations Pride to an easy win in the $1 million Jockey Club derby at the Aqueduct.

Modern games came from behind and led by five and a quarter lengths over Ivar to claim a third win at the top level.

He’s gotten bigger, he’s been a very strong horse,” said Buick, who was on board when Modern Games finished second to Baaeed at Sussex Stakes in July, as reported by Bloodhorse. “It was a year ago, but it’s bigger and stronger now, and it keeps With all the power in the world.

“He’s a really fast horse. As I saw there, when he changes his gears, he’s really fast.

“He was very comfortable the whole time. He traveled really well, the speed was good. I just had to figure out a way, really. But I had a lot of horses, and he was brave when he had to be.”

The win was built on the win at the Poule d’Essai des Poulains and the controversial success last year in the Breeders Juvenile Turf Cup, when it was pulled from the race by officials after being pulled out of the front of the stalls but returned to the vets. Tip, though it is only allowed to be played for prize money and not for betting purposes.

Returning to the American signing meeting may be his next target as he now qualifies for free entry to the Breeders’ Cup Mile in Keeneland on November 5, which is cut to 7-4 (from 3-1) with the 365 bet.

The mysterious night made quite an impression with his comforting success on the Summer Stakes, which was a huge step forward from his group-wide duo efforts in Britain. He shot clear to win five and three quarters tall and earn a ‘win while you’ slot in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf.

Buick said: “We knew the horse would love fast ground. He traveled through the race beautifully. He gave me a lot of confidence throughout the race, and he was happy to travel far, so it was perfect for him and I hope he can continue from here.”

Appleby primed Yibir for Breeders’ unforgettable Cup Turf success in the 2021 Jockey Club Derby, and this year’s Pride of Nations favorite was a diluted winner by six lengths and a quarter lengths in the Aqueduct under Dettori.

The eighth Belmont derby overtook second-placed to claim the Saratoga Derby last month and a win takes Teofilo Colt’s career earnings to more than seven figures.

Assistant coach Chris Cunett said: “He’s got that role on the foot. Since his first run here, he’s really grown up and filled that tyre for him. He’s done a great job since he’s been here. Good to see.”

“Frankie gave him an absolute peach run. Travel around and pick how you want to. It was fairly simple for a race like this.”

Nations Pride is 7-1 with British and Irish bookmakers at Breeders’ Cup Turf.

The successes of Canada and the United States contributed to 14 global winners Saturday for Godolphin, who also celebrated victories in Japan, Britain and Australia.


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First published at 10:10am on Sep 18, 2022