By Andrew Atkinson
Charlie Appleby trained Ghaiyyath landed the Group 1 Hurworth Bloodstock Coronation Cup at Newmarket on June 5, gaining a 2 1/2 lengths win, under jockey William Buick, ahead of Anthony Van Dyck, with Stradivarius finishing third.
“We’ve seen him at his best on a few occasions and could see William was in that rhythm – I was pretty confident he could maintain that to the line.
“I’ve always felt that we’re dealing with the finished article this year,” said Appleby.
“Ghaiyyath is a pleasure to ride – an amazing horse. On his day he’s very explosive, with great cruising speed.
“It was a good performance – incredibly genuine – and puts everything in,” said Buick.
Ghaiyyath, who recorded a course record time, has been cut to 8-1 from 12-1 for the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes and Eclipse.
Stradivarius is odds on 10-11 to win a trio of Ascot Gold Cup’s on June 18.
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