THE LATEST NEWS FROM APPLETREE STUD FARM
Tomorrow's Dream (Oasis Dream x Midnight Thoughts) put up a fine performance to win the British European Breeders Fund EBF Fillies' Handicap over 1m at Glorious Goodwood today. She beat a competitive field breaking well to sit behind the leaders, before picking up nicely to win by a cozy 1 1/2 lengths form Angel Power. We will have to wait and see what the handicapper does but I'm hoping we will hunt for some black type now which will be great for Tomorrow's Dream as a broodmare prospect and also her dam Midnight Thoughts, enhancing her page. Midnight Thoughts is already 3 winners from 3 foals, she has a Shalaa 2yo filly who will be out in the autumn and a lovely Kingman filly foal on the ground. the future looks bright for the family.
Tomorrow's Dream (Oasis Dream x Midnight Thoughts17) was a welcome winner on Tuesday night at Chepstow in the Blackwood Engineering Handicap over 7f. She gets us off the mark for 2020 and looks like she will progress. She was not 100% happy on the undulations of Chepstow and Tom Marquand did a fantastic job of keeping her balanced before producing her to win nicely by a length from Clive Cox's gelding Top Secret.
Gallaside ran well at Royal Ascot yesterday and is sure to improve. He finished 10th in the Golden Gate Handicap over 1m2f which doesn't sound that amazing but he travelled through the race with purpose and saw out the trip fine, he was only beaten 8 1/2 lengths in a very competitive race. Gallaside will come on for the run and we are looking forward to running him against the older horses as receiving weight for age allowance will be a big advantage when you take into account his size and strength. AppleTree will have a lot of fun with him before the season is out.
We are excited to say Gallaside (Lucayan x Gallaecia 17) will be a first runner for AppleTree at Royal Ascot in the 3yo only Golden Gates Handicap over 1m2f at 1.15 this afternoon. He has been a fun horse for us winning 3 races last year and being placed twice. It is going to be a tough task as you would expect but we are confident of a good run, work reports have been great from Archie. He is running over the same trip 1m2f as his only disappointing run last season at Nottingham. After discussions with Archie we are sure the run at Notts can be put down to the end of a long year with it being his 6th run of his 2yo season. The ground was also slow at Notts as it is likely to be this afternoon but we are confident he will handle it after growing in to his frame, Gallaside is a fine big horse now. Win, loose or draw we will learn something and it is fantastic to have a runner at the most prestigious event of the summer. Hollie Doyle takes the ride again, we dare to dream.
Lola Paige (Galileo x Timbuktu 17) has her second run in a handicap in the Keldgate Handicap over a 1m at Beverly this afternoon. She is a filly that has disappointed. Some of last years form is certainly ok, being beaten a neck by Golden Lips at Lingfield looks good as that filly went on to Finnish second in the Oaks trial at the same track. Taken on face value that would be good enough to win this afternoons contest and I am sure Lola is better than her handicap debut at Kempton last October, there were 2 excuses surface and end of a long season. Lola will be more at home on the turf and she has showed enough at home to suggest she can win a race of this nature.
Gold Maze (Golden Horn x Astonishing 17) ran a fine race yesterday evening at the Curragh finishing 2nd in the Group 3 Coolmore Ten Sovereigns Gallinule Stakes over 1m2f. He had to do a lot of the donkey work himself to bridge the gap to long time leader Toronto and for a split second looked like staying on to take the honors. Unfortunately for us Crossfirehurricane had an extra gear beating Gold Maze by 1 1/4 lengths. The result still remains a good outcome for AppleTree and our mare Astonishing, the family is expanding all the time, Gold Maze although still a maiden has a bright future. He is a sure fire winner, he could take his chance in the Irish Derby and far be it for me to tell Jessica Harrington what to do but the Irish Ledger could be a main target.