Brundtland leads Appleby charge in search of Trophy triumph

Godolphin trainer fields another strong squad at Meydan

  • Wednesday 27 February
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Brundtland returns to action for Charlie Appleby in the Nad Al Sheba Trophy at Meydan on Thursday.

Winner of his first four races, including two at Group Two level at Longchamp, he was last finishing finishing fourth in the Prix Royal-Oak, beaten just a length.

With the Dubai Gold Cup on March 30 his aim, Appleby is using the Group Three to bring him up to peak fitness.

“Brundtland brings a very high level of form into this race, having won twice at Group Two level and run competitively in a Group One race on his most recent start,” said Appleby.

“He has had a nice break and looks to have done well from three to four. His main target is the Dubai Gold Cup on World Cup night and this is a prep run, so we are expecting a nice level of improvement going forwards into that race.

“While the run will bring him on, he is a class performer and his best form will make him very competitive.”

Appleby also runs Ispolini, who began last season in England in the Classic trials but fell just short of the required standard. He was a winner at the Carnival last month and a trip to Australia is on the cards.

“Ispolini won nicely earlier on in the Carnival, which opened up a few doors for him as he looks to be a potential stayer now,” Appleby told www.godolphin.com.

“All being well, he will be bang there this week, which will hopefully give him the opportunity to head out to Australia for the Sydney Cup in April.”

The opening Meydan Classic sees the unbeaten Golden Jaguar taken on Appleby’s Good Fortune, with Charlie Fellowes dropping Mia Tesoro back down in class for the District One World Class Run after she finished second in the Group Two Balanchine a fortnight ago.

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