Chantilly: Appleby has strong hand in trio of Group 3 juvenile races
Charlie Appleby is well represented in all three Group 3 juvenile contests at Chantilly on Sunday, kicking off with his Royal Ascot winner Sound And Silence in the five furlong Prix d'Arenberg (3.10).
The son of Exceed And Excel was successful in the Listed Windsor Castle Stakes over this trip at the Royal meeting and, more recently, in the Listed Roses Stakes at York last month.
Between times, Sound and Silence may not have stayed the extra furlong when unplaced in the Group 2 July Stakes, and Appleby is optimistic of a good run in the seven-runner contest providing the ground is not too demanding.
He said: “We were delighted with Sound And Silence’s performance at York, where he won carrying a penalty.
"He's come out of that race very well and, as long as the conditions don’t ease any further, we would be hopeful that he will be a player.
"He deserves to take the step up to Group 3 company and the only other alternative would have been a Group 2 at Doncaster, but it may be soft there by then."
Stage Magic, who was beaten just a short-head at Deauville last time, is back across the channel for the Group 3 Prix des Chenes (5.40) over a mile.
The youngster faces four rivals in the trial for the Group 1 Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere, including fellow Newmarket raider Zyzzyva.
The Dark Angel colt won his maiden impressively at Newbury in July but was just denied by Francesco Bere in a Listed contest over this trip last month.
Appleby added: "Ease in the ground will suit Stage Magic and a repeat performance of his latest run should put him bang there.”
Zyzzyva, trained by Robin Brisland, is also no stranger to France having won his maiden over seven furlongs at Deauville last month. The trainer said: "He works like a nice horse and is the best we have, but it is a step into the dark. He was a very fast breeze-up horse, I think the fifth-fastest at the French sale. I'm very hopeful and his owner Paul Hancock has been very lucky."
Appleby is doubly represented with Expressiy and Wild Illusion in the fillies equivalent, the Group 3 Prix d'Aumale (6.10), which is a trial for the Group 1 Prix Marcel Boussac.
Wild Illusion, a daughter of Dubawi, triumphed on her debut when a comfortable winner of a mile novice race at Yarmouth last month, while Expressiy scored in a similar event over seven furlongs at Newmarket only nine days ago.
Appleby said: "This looks a good opportunity to get black type for both fillies. Wild Illusion is a scopey filly who will come into her own next year while Expressiy is more of a now horse. Both should go well."
James Doyle rides Wild Illusion with Mickael Barzalona aboard Expressiy in the five-runner field.
Elsewhere on the card Jallota, who will be ridden by Jamie Spencer, does duty for Charlie Hills in the Group 3 Prix du Pin (4.25), while Melesina, the mount of Tony Piccone, turns out for Richard Fahey in the Listed Prix de Liancourt (6.40).