Modern Games and Mysterious Night total Grade One dual at Woodbine for trainer Charlie Appleby in Breeders’ Cup Success And You remain in contests; Nations Pride takes Grade 3 Jockey Club Derby at Aqueduct under Frankie Dettori.
Modern Games booked his Breeders’ Cup ticket with an impressive triumph in the Woodbine Mile in Canada on what was a fruitful Saturday for instructor Charlie Appleby in North America.
Appleby’s runner won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Lawn in 2015 and also included a Classic success to his document this term when winning the Poule d’Essai des Poulains in the springtime.
Last seen chasing after home Baaeed in the Sussex Stakes in July, Modern Games made an excellent return to activity, sitting in the rear in the beginning yet making seamless progression as soon as changed to the middle of the course in the straight.
The Dubawi colt powered to the front in an issue of strides, coming home five-and-a-quarter lengths free from Ivar, with Simon and Ed Crisford’s Finest Sound an additional neck back in 3rd in a race that is a Breeders’ Cup Mile qualifier.
Jockey William Buick told Godolphin: “Modern Games was super remarkable. He is excellent when he obtains quickly ground and a good rate to perform at, as he revealed there.
” He remained in a wonderful rhythm and also we simply had to wait for some auto racing area – he shifted out a little on the peak of the turn however I think the whole area did. He altered gears instantaneously as well, and if anything, I ended up ahead faster than I anticipated.
” Modern Games was excellent at the Breeders’ Cup in 2015 as well as he has constantly been very streetwise. He is very smart and adjusts extremely swiftly to different circumstances. He won the French Guineas, didn’t quite stay in the French Derby, and also was 2nd to Baaeed last time, so he truly was worthy of to obtain his head ahead.”
Appleby and also Buick made it a Grade One dual with Mysterious Night in the Summer Stakes.
Third in the Vintage Stakes and also the winner of Deauville Team Three last time out, Mysterious Night revealed a definitive modification of equipment in the mile warmth, hitting the front over a furlong out with the minimum of difficulty.
Buick maintained him approximately his work in the final furlong, with Mysterious Night getting back practically 6 sizes clear in an additional race that provides Breeders’ Cup entrance.
The winning rider claimed: “We knew Mysterious Night was going to such as the fast ground and also he took a trip with the race wonderfully. I was rather impressed with the way he picked up. He was providing me a lot of self-confidence throughout and ideally, he can go on from here.”
Godolphin’s Alex Merriam added: “William was keen to obtain some cover, so it worked out well when two equines went forward and also Mysterious Night slotted in. He turned it off as well as has done it well ultimately. He is a charming equine – his sibling Althiqa won several Grade Ones in North America and also it’s a wonderful household.”
Nations Pride likewise jumped on the scoresheet for Appleby in America as he won the Jockey Club Derby at Aqueduct.
Winner of the Grade One Saratoga Derby last month, Nations Pride dropped back to Grade Three degree for this competition and properly obliged stylishly.
Partnered by Frankie Dettori, Nations Pride got hold of the lead coming close to the last of the 12 furlongs and also was relieved down before the line to win by six-and-a-quarter lengths from The Grey Wizard.
Classic Causeway was 3rd, with Nations Pride turning around Belmont Derby type from July when that horse had him back in 2nd.
Dettori claimed: “Nations Pride has done very well out here. He has been below for the very best part of 10 weeks as well as won twice as well as completed 2nd in the Belmont Derby.
” He looks a different equine contrasted to the one I rode at Belmont. He flew today as well as, from the last edge, the result was never doubtful. He has strengthened up as well as it showed in the outcome.
” I didn’t intend to let Classic Causeway obtain an easy lead and, when I saw Daunt take him on, I thought ‘fantastic, it conserves me having to do the job. I understood Classic Causeway was going to take me right into the stretch and the rest was simple.”