Ghaiyyath in line for York trip

06 July 2020 02:58:47 GMTPlus10

Trainer Charlie Appleby has suggested Ghaiyyath could head to York next for the Juddmonte International after his superb Eclipse victory at Sandown Park on Sunday.

Ghaiyyath, who won the Coronation Cup at Newmarket last month, hit the front one furlong in and he never relinquished that position under the experienced William Buick, who tasted success in the race for the third time in his career.

The five-year-old, owned by Godolphin, hugged the rail down the home straight and held off the challenges of 2019 champion Enable and Japan, who were second and third respectively.

It was the second successive Group One success for Ghaiyyath following last month's win at HQ and connections are now deliberating where to send the impressive colt next.

Asked about the plans, Appleby, who is now a two-time winner of the Eclipse after Hawkbill's triumph in 2016, revealed a trip to York could be on the cards and that discussions will be held over the next week.

"The Juddmonte International at York would be up there (as a target). He's shown his versatility now, winning over 10 and 12 furlongs," he said.

"You don't beat Enable having an easy run, so we'll see where we are over the next week and then decide whether we head to York or whether he needs a bit more time.

"There's plenty of racing coming up over the autumn, so I don't think we need to be making any rash decisions - there are plenty of options out there."

Ghaiyyath is 556.00 to win the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes next month, while he is 9.00 for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp in October.

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