Expressly delivered for Appleby

  • Last Updated: July 28 2013, 18:55 BST

Charlie Appleby, the new face of Godolphin, saddled his first winner as a trainer when Expressly bolted up on her debut at Ascot.

Dwarfed by the Ascot grandstand, Expressly records a first success for Charlie Appleby
Dwarfed by the Ascot grandstand, Expressly records a first success for Charlie Appleby

The Street Cry filly (7/2) made light work of her seven rivals to score by four and a half lengths from Mu'ajiza (12/1) in the Ascot Lawyers Maiden Fillies' Stakes.

Snow Powder (14/1) was a further neck back in third.

Sadly the trainer was not present, but he told "I am delighted to have my first winner.

"I would like to thank Sheikh Mohammed and Godolphin for giving me the opportunity to train and hope to have plenty more success."

Appleby, who was assistant to banned trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni, was only granted a licence to train 200 horses for Godolphin at Moulton Paddocks in Newmarket last week, after the BHA concluded he had "no awareness of the actions" of his disgraced former boss.

The 38-year-old, who has been with Godolphin for nearly 15 years, was praised by winning jockey Mickael Barzalona, who said: "Charlie didn't want to take any chances with her so we applied the hood. It's is good for him, so well done Charlie.

"I'm sure he will have many more winners.

"We went a nice pace and she got a good lead. She did everything very easily, but she is still very green."

Ryan Moore and Richard Hannon maintained their pursuit for their respective jockeys' and trainers' titles with a sparkling double.

Moore moved to within eight winners of championship leader and title-holder Richard Hughes with victories aboard the Hannon-pair Piping Rock and Red Refraction.

The Acomb Stakes at York could be the next target of Piping Rock, following a successful front-running debut in the six-furlong Anders Foundation EBF Crocker Bulteel Maiden Stakes.

The two-year-old (7/2) dictated a modest early pace before holding off the late thrust of Makhfar for a length-and-a-quarter victory.

Mark Smyly, representing Hannon, said: "He is a son of Dubawi and always been a nice horse. He is a half-brother to the useful Middle Club.

"Ryan felt that seven furlongs would be ideal and he felt he was very green in front, but he did it professionally and he behaved beforehand.

"The Acomb Stakes at York looks a possible target now, but that's up to Richard to decide."

The pair doubled up when Red Refraction (4/1) stayed on well to take the Millward Printing Handicap Stakes by three-quarters of a length from Can You Conga.

Red Refraction had made the frame in his previous six outings and victory in the six-furlong event was just reward for the three-year-old's consistency.

Smyly said: "This good pace suited him - he likes to come from off a fast pace.

"A stiff six or seven furlongs suits him and he's been very consistent. He deserved to win a decent race."

York is also on the agenda for the Roger Charlton-trained Bishop Roko, who justified 5/2 favouritism in the GL events Owen Brown Handicap Stakes in the hands of James Doyle.

The promising stayer found plenty of trouble in running but stayed on stoutly to fend off the late thrust of Genzy and score by a head.

Harry Charlton, representing his father, said: "The Ebor is the next step if the ground is not too quick.

"He was in off a mark of 93 today and the average mark required in the last five years has been 96, so he should get in."

Charles Camoin may not quite have the equine cache of the French painter after which he is named, but he does have talent - when he is fit.

Despite a 448-day lay-off, Sylvester Kirk's five-year-old (20/1) showed he retained all of his ability when taking the mile-and-a-quarter Mitie Events & Leisure Handicap Stakes by a neck from the gambled-on Haylaman.

Jockey Liam Keniry said: "That is some training performance.

"He's a horse with loads of ability but he's had a few injuries and setbacks. Keeping him sound has been the problem, but all credit to Sylvester."

Connor Beasley is fast emerging as one of the top riders of his generation and having ridden out his 7lb-claim on Monday, the 18-year-old rode his 20th winner of the season on only his second ride at Ascot when Barnet Fair (10/1) got the better of Steps (7/2 joint-favourite) in the concluding SIS Live Handicap Stakes.

It earned plenty of praise from trainer Richard Guest, who said: "Connor's mother used to work for me and I was hoping to nab him as an apprentice but he went showjumping for a couple of years and Michael Dods got him.

"Nothing went right for him here on his penultimate start but Connor was on board at Hamilton last time and he didn't get any luck in running.

"My dad always said that the jockeys who win are the ones who make least mistakes - not that he made any mistakes up there - but he didn't get a clear run.

"Yet Connor was sensible, didn't even give him a crack and left this horse with plenty more in the tank.

"The way he rode him there left plenty for today, so it is all credit to him."

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