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Wednesday, 19 December, 2018

Sobetsu set for drop back in trip following Oaks flop

Sobetsu: "didn't turn up" for the Oaks according to trainer Charlie Appleby
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Charlie Appleby believes the well-backed Sobetsu may not have stayed when beating only one home behind Enable in an eventful renewal of the Oaks at Epsom on Friday.

The Group 1 Prix Saint Alary winner was well positioned just off pacemaker Pocketfullofdreams for much of the Classic but faded in the straight to be beaten 23 lengths by the winner.

The 6-1 joint second favourite may now be dropped back in trip for the Group 1 Prix de Diane at Chantilly this month which had been her original target.

The trainer said: "William Buick said Sobetsu didn't really turn up as she was edgy before the gate but visually it looked as if she didn't stay. She was up there with the winner and the second at the top of the straight but just ran out of petrol. She's come back and eaten up this morning so we'll have a look at the Prix de Diane with her. "

The last filly to be beaten at Epsom and win the French equivalent was Star Of Seville who finished ninth behind Qualify in 2015 before scoring at Chantilly just eight days later.

Appleby was delighted with his pair Frontiersman and Hawkbill who filled the places behind Highland Reel in the Group 1 Coronation Cup on the same afternoon.

Runner-up Frontiersman vindicated the decision to supplement him for the contest, posting a career best second, while Hawkbill ran well considering the ground was not to his liking and he may now have a summer break.

The Godolphin trainer said: "Both horses did us proud in the Coronation Cup and we were delighted with Frontiersman who now heads for the Group 2 Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot.

"Hawkbill put up a solid performance but we know he needs some more ease in ground. With that in mind, it may be that we give him the summer off and bring him back in the autumn."

She was up there with the winner and the second at the top of the straight but just ran out of petrol
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