Charlie Appleby admitted he was happy to have Naval Crown “learning on the job” after he upset stablemate Creative Force to win the Platinum Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Much of the build-up to the feature on the final day of this year’s meeting surrounded Australian raider Home Affairs, after his trainer Chris Waller had claimed Tuesday’s King’s Stand with Nature Strip.
However, the favourite failed to ignite and instead it was Naval Crown who grabbed his handler’s second win in this race, with jockey James Doyle having also piloted Blue Point home in 2019.
Doyle only got the nod after William Buick had chosen to ride Creative Force due to the eventual winner’s perceived inexperience over the six-furlong trip.
Both could now be aimed at the July Cup at Newmarket on July 9 and the Godolphin handler has hinted that he will continue to take a relaxed approach with the four-year-old.
“Coming into the race, they both worked alongside each other and Will [Buick] said he was having a job to split them,” he said.
“He sided with Creative Force because he’s been there and done it. Naval Crown it was his only second start over the six but he’s learning on the job.”
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There was a surprise start to the day as 40/1 Holloway Boy took out the Chesham Stakes for Karl Burke but the favourites were back on top soon after as Noble Truth won the Jersey Stakes for the first of Appleby’s two wins on Saturday.
Much of the talk heading into Saturday has surrounded another of Appleby’s Godolphin string, the returning Hurricane Lane but last year’s St Leger winner failed to fire at 15:40 as Broome eased home in the Hardwicke Stakes.
Hurricane Lane is available at 12/1 to win the Arc later this year, while Broome is on offer at 25/1 to win next month’s Coral Eclipse after a landmark win for trainer Aidan O’Brien as the success marked his 900th Group or Graded victory.
Ryan Moore and David Evans combined to win the Wokingham Stakes as Rohaan became the first horse to defend the crown this century, while the favourite Missed The Cut scored in the Golden Gate.
The final word of the Royal Meeting went to Willie Mullins, whose Stratum was the star in the closing race at Ascot, seeing off Ian Williams’ Reshoun to take out the Queen Alexandra Stakes.
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