Appleby to test out Guineas hopes
Charlie Appleby is planning to test out a pair of QIPCO 1000 Guineas contenders in next week's Nell Gwyn Stakes at Newmarket.
"A couple could head to the Nell Gwyn," said the Godolphin trainer.
"Majeyda is a two-time Listed winner who ran behind Ihtimal in the May Hill. Then there's Folk Melody, who won impressively at Newmarket last summer.
"We'll take a look next week. I think that (Folk Melody) is a nice filly but I don't want to put pressure on her - she'll do the talking. We earmarked some to be Classic contenders and she's one we decided to put away."
Appleby appears to have a handful of possible Classic types at Moulton Paddocks and likes Investec Derby entry Sudden Wonder, who competed well in races against accomplished stablemates Pinzolo and Outstrip before landing a late-season conditions race at Newmarket.
"He's a New Approach who is only going to get better," Appleby said.
"He has done very well and we aren't going to take a normal Derby-type route - he might go for a sales race next week to get used to the hustle and bustle.
"Pinzolo won the Haynes, Hanson & Clark at Newbury and was a bit disappointing in the Racing Post Trophy but up to then he had looked a horse you could go down the Derby route with."
Outstrip is the 2000 Guineas hope after his Dewhurst third and subsequent victory in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf, and the trainer had already announced during the Dubai World Cup meeting that the Exceed And Excel colt would head straight for the race on May 3.
"Fitness won't be a concern and he's a horse we're looking forward to racing throughout the season," he said.
"We're confident we can go for the Guineas fit and well. As an individual he has grown and strengthened, physically and mentally. We're very happy where he is."