Adayar ready for Ascot test
Derby winner Adayar is primed for his first course appearance since Epsom, as he lines up for the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes on Saturday.
The Godolphin colt landed an impressive win in the Classic in June and is now a 3.25 chance to take his second Group 1 against five runners at Ascot.
Adayar's trainer Charlie Appleby said: "This was always going to be the plan. We felt the horse would do well from having more of a gap between his runs, because he's a big individual and is still developing.
"I'm delighted with the way his preparation has gone for the race, he looks a million dollars, and he's a nice, honest galloper who covers a lot of ground. I genuinely think that we should be bang up there."
It's a challenge and we're definitely stepping up into the big boy division.Charlie Appleby
Adayar will be partnered by William Buick, who has ridden the son of Frankel in three of his five starts.
The ride will be a welcome return for Buick, who missed out on Derby glory when choosing to ride Appleby’s other stable star, Hurricane Lane, who was third.
Adayar is the first King George entry for Appleby, who is aiming to replicate Galileo's feat of landing back-to-back Derby and King George wins.
"It hasn't been done since him," Appleby said of Galileo’s record. "So for Adayar to turn up is a huge occasion. It's a challenge and we're definitely stepping up into the big boy division. It's going to be a fascinating race to watch."
Adayar will face stiff competition in the 1m 4f test from Love, the Aidan O’Brien-trained filly with five Group 1 successes to her name, who made a decisive return to the track when winning the Prince Of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot.