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Motionless Buick Wins On Emotionless

Emotionless may be his name, but this is a colt to set the pulses racing. Despite showing his inexperience on only his second run – he had previously won his maiden – the son of Shamardal could hardly have been more impressive in his three and a half-length success in the opening At The Races Champagne Stakes.


The bookmakers took note and Emotionless is judged around an 8/1 shot for next year’s 2,000 Guineas. A step up from Group Two to Group One company in the Dewhurst Stakes is likely to be the Godolphin colourbearer’s next test.


Once settled and balanced under William Buick in the second half of the seven-furlong contest, Emotionless went past trailblazing Ibn Malik at will. “He has an immense amount of talent,” said trainer Charlie Appleby, “and the fact that he is still able to show it while he’s still learning is very good.


“He’s shown today that he can act on easier ground, which is a bit of a relief as these are the conditions he’ll get heading into the autumn. He is in the Dewhurst and the Racing Post Trophy back here, but he has so much pace that we’ll stick to the seven-furlong route at Newmarket.


“He’s a very exciting horse, with the natural ability to show what he can do even when he’s still growing up. I am delighted for all connections and delighted for the boss. It’s nice to have an exciting horse on our hands and that is potentially what he looks like. He has travelled extremely well and proven what he shows us at home. Everyone was very excited on the evidence of his first racecourse appearance and while I’m not saying winning maidens is easy, with the calibre of horse we have, you would like them to win maidens like he did.


“Most importantly, he has progressed from that maiden on to today. Full credit to the team – they have done a great job with him. William has been sat on him many a time at home and he’s played a big part in bringing this horse forward along with Martin, Ollie, Marie and all the guys at home. It’s a big team and they have all contributed in getting this horse here today.”


Buick, too, was delighted with the big, scopey colt. “He was keen early on, but it was a slowish pace and he’s inexperienced, so I don’t hold it against him. He has such a lovely stride and he’s an exciting prospect for the future.


“He had been pleasing us at home but you don’t want go into these races from a maiden too bullish. We were very hopeful and he is the real deal. He has got everything and he’s got the temperament to go with it, which is a huge plus. I was really, really impressed. There wouldn’t be many that could lay up with him at this stage of the season.”


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