Adayar (right) finished a solid second place behind Bay Bridge in the Champion Stakes

Adayar returns next year as Charlie Appleby showcases a strong Breeders’ Cup team | Horse racing news

Edward Whitaker

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Adayar (right) finished a solid second place behind Bay Bridge in the Champion Stakes

Edward Whitaker

Champion Stakes runner-up Adayar will miss next month’s Breeders’ Cup in Keeneland but trainer Charlie Appleby confirmed he will remain in training to make up for lost time next season.

Last year’s Derby and King George winner missed the core of this year’s Flat campaign with a persistent cough, but the champions coach is happy to play the long game after falling just short of Bay Bridge at Ascot.

Adayar was a 3-1 joint favorite in some ante-post lists for the Breeders’ Cup turf with his recent conqueror, but Appleby will instead have to rely on his tried and tested globetrotters Rebel’s Romance and Nations Pride in a competition he won a year ago won with Yibir .

The Godolphin trainer said: “I could see us turning the Breeders’ Cup around with Adayar. He will stay in training next year.”

“I was delighted with his run at Ascot last weekend. It’s always a big question when you’ve had that time off and when you know what kind of race he won at Doncaster.

“As impressive as it was that day, we knew he needed to put on another 20 pounds on that performance to get himself back into the mix where he was on Saturday.

“He did it properly and that was really the most important part of the race. Of course it would have been fantastic if he had won but from our team’s point of view just to show he kept the will and the class he was the crucial part.”

Referring to targets for next year, Appleby added: “The Prince of Wales Stakes at Royal Ascot will be a key target this summer like King George.”

Despite Adayar’s absence, the Moulton Paddocks team are still hoping to have six candidates for the two-day Breeders’ Cup game on November 4th and 5th.

Appleby said: “We have Nations Pride and Rebel’s Romance in the Turf, both of which are possible. We also have Creative Force in the Turf Sprint and Modern Games, who won the Juvenile Turf in Del Mar last year, in the Mile.

“These are our preliminary plans. We could also have two in Friday’s youth races in the form of Silver Knott (Juvenile Turf) and Mischief Magic (Juvenile Turf Sprint).

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Nashwa and Hollie Doyle in the Limekilns canter on Wednesday morning

Nashwa and Hollie Doyle in the Limekilns canter on Wednesday morning

In other Breeders’ Cup news, Nashwa, the youngest runner-up at the Prix de l’Opera, sailed through a practice under Hollie Doyle on the Limekilns at Newmarket on Wednesday.

The Frankel daughter is a general 9-4 favorite for Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf and is looking no worse after her brave effort from a wide draw last time at Longchamp.

Joint trainer John Gosden said: “It’s been a pleasure to be on the lime kilns at this time of year as they may close in October. Nashwa is looking good and we are pointing her to filly and mare turf.”

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