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Ghaiyyath hands Appleby ideal birthday present

5th July 2020, 18:24 by Warren Ashurst

Ghaiyyath saw off the challenge of Enable to claim victory for trainer Charlie Appleby in the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown on Sunday.

Having won the Coronation Cup last month, the five-year-old was pushed into the lead by jockey William Buick and stayed on strongly to beat Frankie Dettori on Enable by two-and-a-quarter lengths.

Ghaiyyath has now won all three of his races in 2020 and in the process inflicting a second straight defeat on Enable, who was agonisingly pipped in the Prix De L'Arc De Triomphe in October.

It was certainly a day to remember for trainer Appleby, who trained Hawkbill to victory in this race in 2016, celebrating his 45th birthday on Sunday with a Group 1 victory.

Speaking afterwards, he said: "I'm delighted and congratulations to His Highness Sheikh Mohammed and the team at Godolphin. He's a horse we've held in the highest esteem and he's delivered again. It was a fantastic ride by William again.

"I wondered, when they came to him in the straight, how much he'd done early, but he wears his heart on his sleeve and was never going to lie down."

John Gosden did insist that Enable was only 85 per cent fit for her return, with her run at Sandown being used as a preparation for the King George later this month.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Warren Ashurst is senior member of the team and has been working as a journalist for over 20 years. A massive football fan, he also has a depth of knowledge on golf, tennis, cricket and rugby.

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