Ghaiyyath Targeted at Juddmonte International


One of trainer Charlie Appleby's leading lights at his Newmarket yard this season has been the five year old Ghaiyyath who has been unbeaten on both his Group One starts this season and will now head to York next month for the Juddmonte International.

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.

He headed to the Prix de l'arc de Triomphe on his final start last season and didn't run any sort of race but seems to be a completely different animal this term.

The Godolphin owned horse, with the current travel restrictions due to the on going crisis in the world, looks to be sticking to contests on home soil this season and showed just how special he was when landing the Group One Coronation Cup at Newmarket at the start of June.

He went on to beat Epsom Derby winner Anthony Van Dyck along with three time Ascot Gold Cup winner Stradivarius in that black type event, subsequently breaking the track record.

That form has since been franked with the John Gosden trained stayer landing his third Gold Cup in emphatic style and Ghaiyyath like that performance will be sure to improve.

In the first weekend of July he stepped up for another Group One event at Sandown in the Coral Eclipse and although all the talk was about Enable's return, this horse was the one with the final say.

As ever he gave an enterprising ride from the front and was not for catching, seeing off a superb group of horses over a mile and a quarter.

He looks as though he will be staying at this trip for his next race and will be entered in the Juddmonte International at York's Ebor meeting in August.

(Credit AtTheRaces) Appleby said: “I’m delighted with him, he came out of his race well and the plan is to head to the Juddmonte International.

“Hopefully we can regroup after that. It’s always been the long-term plan to have another run in the Arc and on what he’s done this year he deserves to be there – but let’s get the Juddmonte International out of the way first.”