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'It's been a great week' - Charlie Appleby's amazing run of success continues

Albahr: "Once he got upside the eventual second, I was always half confident he'd put his head in front"
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Derby-winning trainer Charlie Appleby remains in top form and struck with just his second runner since his memorable weekend at Epsom and abroad.

Albahr scored a narrow success in the two-year-old 7f race for a man whose Adayar triumphed in the Classic just a few hours before Althiqa led home a stable 1-2 in Grade 1 company at Belmont Park in the US last Saturday.

"It's been a great week," Appleby said. "Last Saturday was fantastic for the whole team. Long may it continue, we'll try and keep the winners rolling."

Albahr headed Whitefeathersfall close home under William Buick and Appleby added: "The first two have pulled well clear. Once he got upside the eventual second, I was always half confident he'd put his head in front.

Albahr (left) gets the better of Whitefeathersfall

"We've got no lofty targets for him. He won't be going to Ascot, but we may look at something more towards the July meeting."

It will be a very small two-year-old team for Appleby at Royal Ascot, with his only juvenile runner likely to be Yarmouth winner New Science in the Chesham Stakes.

He said: "A bit like last year the two-year-olds, with those sorts of pedigrees, are taking a bit of time coming to hand. You'll see them kicking into gear in late June and into July."

Mandoob maintains perfect record

Buick also led close home on the unbeaten Mandoob – his only other ride of the day – in the 1m3½f novice.

The winner made it two wins from two starts and trainer Brian Meehan said: "He's very good, I've always thought a lot of him. We made a loose plan three or four weeks ago to come from Lingfield to here and then go for the Bahrain Trophy.

"He's a very talented, scopey horse with a big future. I can see him getting further in time as well."

The unbeaten Mandoob tees up a double on the day for William Buick

Happy start for Sadmah

Kevin Ryan sent out his first winner for Dubai-based owners Emirates Park when Sadmah made a successful debut in the 6f fillies' novice.

"I'm delighted with that," said the trainer's son and assistant Adam Ryan. "She's a filly that had been showing the right signs at home but it's the first day at school and she was in the stalls a long time. 

"It's our first winner for Emirates Park and I hope she has a bright future. She looks like a filly who will do better in time, her pedigree suggests that."

While Sadmah will not head to Royal Ascot, the yard will send a "select" team of two-year-olds to the Berkshire track next week. 

Adam Ryan added: "Boonie, who finished second in the Edinburgh Castle, will go for the Norfolk or the Windsor Castle. Mas Poder, who was fourth in the Marygate, will probably go for the Queen Mary and Anadora, who was third at Newmarket, will run in the Albany."

Sadmah (No.6) makes a winning start to her racing career

Ending the drought

Pivoine won his first race since the 2019 John Smith's Cup when landing the 1m2f handicap under Silvestre de Sousa.

The jockey said: "He's a great servant and it’s been a while since he last got his head in front. I hope this can build his confidence."   

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Last Saturday was fantastic for the whole team. Long may it continue, we'll try and keep the winners rolling
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