Nations Pride roars clear at Newmarket
Nations Pride roars clear at Newmarket

Cazoo Derby: Nations Pride will be supplemented

Charlie Appleby has confirmed that Nations Pride will be supplemented for the Cazoo Derby at Epsom on Saturday week.

The son of Teofilio has won his last four stars including a seven-length defeat of Hoo Ya Mal in the Listed Newmarket Stakes last month.

He was also under consideration for the French Derby but will now join stablemates Nahanni and Walk Of Stars in Surrey and bid to give his team a second successive win in the Classic following Adayar's triumph in 2021.

Appleby told the Godolphin website: “He worked on Wednesday with a reliable and very able lead horse and he looked very good. Importantly, he has done well since. I have been delighted with him since the gallop.

“He has the right profile for Epsom. He’s got five runs under his belt, having won the Jumeirah Derby and then taking the Newmarket Stakes, where William (Buick) was very pleased the way he went through the line, which has given us as good an indication as any that the step up to a mile and a half is going to suit him. Therefore, we think he deserves to be supplemented on Monday morning.”

Appleby sees Nations Pride’s experience as a valuable asset, adding: “On Derby day there’s a huge crowd, the fanfare of it all. I feel you have to have experience to take into it.

“Cantering a mile and a half down to the start as well. There’s a lot of challenges for a three-year-old early in his career, and the more experience is beneficial, which is what he brings to the table.”

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