Four Seasons joy for Appleby
Charlie Appleby and Godolphin doubled up with Four Seasons in the 32Red All-Weather Three-Year-Old Mile at Lingfield Park this afternoon.
The Dubawi colt was the least fancied of the three Godolphin runners, going off at 6/1, and was given an aggressive front-running ride by Adam Kirby. The pair kicked approaching the home turn and had a clear advantage as the chasing pack struggled to close.
Four Seasons tired inside the final furlong but had enough in hand to hold on by a length and a quarter from 2/1 favourite Tempus Temporis (trained by John Gosden for Godolphin). Lexington Times (Richard Hannon/Richard Hughes) was a nose further back in third.
Appleby said: “The other Godolphin horses (Tempus Temporis and Emirates Skycargo -William Buick, fifth) were on a progressive profile but you can’t beat form and experience, which is what Four Seasons brought to the table.
“It is brilliant for Adam, who has been such an essential part of the team. He knew there was no pace, which was his undoing last time. I didn’t give any special instructions, just told him to go out there and give him a typical Adam Kirby ride and once he gave Four Seasons a kick in the belly off the final turn that put the race to bed.
“He’s a decent little horse and very versatile as to trip and surface. He is a fun horse to have in the yard and should be able to hold his own at Listed or Group Three level on the turf.
“I think inexperience told for Emirates Skycargo and he was never able to get into it. All the horses will be given a break now.”
Kirby said: “I’m just pleased to be part of it and part of Godolphin, they are such a great team to work with and be involved with. I’m chuffed to bits.
“I had to let the horse roll for a furlong and a half to get a position and put the bridle settled in his mouth. Last time he was a bit too free. When I turned in, I thought it would take a good one to catch him. He was in top gear. He’s quite a nice horse and deserved to win a big one.”
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