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Pretend (William Buick) wins

Pretend: four-year-old's six victories have come on the all-weather

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Appleby bullish about Pretend's switch to turf

CHARLIE APPLEBY is planning a Royal Ascot prep on turf next month for All-Weather Finals Day sensation Pretend.

The Godolphin four-year-old has convinced connections his future lies in the sprint division with a series of dominating performances on the all-weather and advertised his Group-race potential at Lingfield on Good Friday.

A winner of six of his ten starts, Pretend finished seventh on his sole start on turf at Meydan last year but Appleby is optimistic about making the transition.

"He's an out-and-out sprinter and I'm very confident he can transfer his all-weather success to the turf," he said.

"He's in the Duke of York but we'll probably look at the Temple as a prep for the King's Stand.

"I happily hold my hands up, I had the trip wrong with him. You're looking for that Classic horse and I was trying to stretch him, but ultimately he's all speed."

Pretend is a general 9-1 for the King's Stand with only Sole Power and Peniaphobia shorter is some markets.

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