Ghaiyyath being targeted at Coronation Cup

Charlie Appleby

Charlie Appleby has been outlining his plans for his stable stars and one of his leading lights from last season Ghaiyyath s set to kick off his campaign in the rescheduled Coronation Cup at Newmarket.

The son of Dubawi was known last season for jet setting all over the globe to win races which saw him land a Group One in Germany by 14 lengths a Group Two in France and also a Group Three in Meydan.

The five year old, with the current travel restrictions due to the on going crisis in the world, looks to be sticking to contests on home soil this term and if fit and ready could be a serious contender from the outset.

He had been due to run on Dubai World Cup night at Meydan after his recent success but the meeting was cancelled.

However, Appleby reports him in to be in fine fettle and said: “His first target is the Coronation Cup at Newmarket on Friday, June 5.

“This year, Ghaiyyath comes to his season in Europe physically stronger, with a winter behind him in Dubai, where he won the Dubai Millennium Stakes at Meydan. Now a five-year-old, he is the finished article.

“He missed his intended Sheema Classic engagement when the Dubai World Cup meeting was cancelled and he was kept ticking over with routine conditioning work at Mahmoom. He travelled back to UK in late April and he has been in full training since at Moulton Paddocks.”

Barney Roy is another of the Newmarket handlers stars that is set to be back in action on British turf this season after winning the Group One Jebel Hatta on his second outing in March.

Royal Ascot looks the target for the six year old with Appleby adding: “He showed in Dubai that he is back to his best, and next month’s Prince Of Wales’s Stakes at Ascot is his next assignment.

“Barney Roy showed his class, winning twice at Meydan at the Carnival. His turn-of-foot can be devastating. He will also be on our international team later in the year.”