Pinzolo on the way up after winning well at Newbury
Last Updated: 20/09/13 5:53pm
Pinzolo delights the Newbury crowd
Charlie Appleby has a second juvenile colt primed for Group One challenges after the encouraging victory of Pinzolo in the Haynes, Hanson & Clark Conditions Stakes at Newbury.
A week ago the trainer celebrated his biggest prize since taking over Godolphin's Moulton Paddocks from the disgraced Mahmoud Al Zarooni when Outstrip came out ahead in the Champagne Stakes at Doncaster.
He is likely to contest either the Dewhurst or Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere, while the unbeaten Pinzolo is set to be supplemented for the Racing Post Trophy.
This long-established mile event was landed by Derby winners Henbit and Shergar many years ago, while Authorized was beaten in 2006, and Monsun colt Pinzolo (5/2) should appreciate longer distances in time as there is plenty of stamina in his Fittocks Stud pedigree.
Off the mark at the first attempt in a Newmarket maiden, he came with a fierce late challenge up the rail to head the 6/5 favourite Red Galileo.
"Not many people in racing would be as lucky to get the sort of two-year-olds I've got in my first season," said Appleby.
"We've got some nice colts and one or two fillies as well. The sharper ones have all been out, but there are some middle-distance types to come."
Of Pinzolo, he said: "We've always held him in high regard, physically more than anything, as he shows very little at home.
"He ran like that at Newmarket, he got going in the last couple of furlongs in what we thought was a good race as we like the one of ours he beat (Sudden Wonder).
"He's not in anything big, but we'll look towards running in the Racing Post Trophy."
Racing manager Simon Crisford said: "He'll have learnt from today, I'm hoping he will be good enough to go for the Racing Post Trophy and let's hope he's potentially an Epsom Derby horse."
Appleby's Godolphin colleague Saeed bin Suroor weighed in with the day's feature, the Listed Dubai Duty Free Cup.
Tawhid (15/8 favourite) had not been out of place in smart company but picked up his first win since last year's Horris Hill Stakes over course and distance.
Bin Suroor said: "On soft ground he's different class and it's the same at home. We'll look at the Challenge Stakes at Newmarket next."