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Yibir heads Charlie Appleby's Breeders' Cup trio after Belmont success

Appleby's three-year-old won the Bahrain Trophy and Great Voltiguer Stakes before Group One victory stateside; Breeders' Cup Turf is the target for Yibir; Appleby is also expecting to run Albahr and Modern Games in Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf

Yibir and James Doyle win the Great Voltigeur
Image: Yibir and James Doyle win the Great Voltigeur Stakes at York

Yibir will head Charlie Appleby's team for the Breeders' Cup following his Jockey Club Derby success at Belmont.

The Longines Turf is the three-year-old's target at Del Mar next month, on the back of three victories in four starts since he was gelded.

Appleby believes that operation has been the making of the son of Dubawi.

Yibir ridden by jockey James Doyle on their way to winning the Bahrain Trophy Stakes during Ladies Day of the 2021 Moet and Chandon July Festival at Newmarket racecourse. Picture date: Thursday July 8, 2021.
Image: Yibir ridden by jockey James Doyle on their way to winning the Bahrain Trophy Stakes

"He was last seen in Belmont, winning on the back of his Great Voltigeur success. He's a young pretender going out there," the Godolphin trainer told Racing TV.

"Gelding was the making of him. We've always liked him, but he's had his own mindset towards the game. Gelding has most definitely helped him.

"He won the Bahrain Trophy at the July meeting, then he decided at Goodwood to take [jockey] William (Buick) on and go a bit quicker than he wanted to. Therefore we left the hood on in the Great Voltigeur and we saw him to good effect there - and he backed it up in a 'win and you're in' slot at Belmont.

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"I think we'll keep the hood on. On his last start I was a bit concerned the hood might have knocked him to sleep a bit too much but he knows where the finishing line is and so he did it the right way round."

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Appleby has two potential contenders for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf, in Albahr and Modern Games.

The Newmarket-based handler feels that pair fit the bill as two-year-olds with plenty of experience, with five races each under their belts.

Modern Games wins at Doncaster under William Buick
Image: Modern Games wins at Doncaster under William Buick

"Modern Games won the Somerville Tattersalls [at Newmarket last month]. He's a horse we have earmarked to go for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile," he said.

"We think he'd be suited round there. He's got natural pace - quick ground will suit him, and he's got enough experience as well. He ticks a few boxes there.

"One who will join him there is Albahr. He won a 'win and you're in' at Woodbine. He reminds me of Line Of Duty. He might not be the best horse in the race - but he's got an abundance of experience going into it, and I think he'll love the hustle and bustle of it round there.

William Buick riding Albahr to victory at Haydock
Image: William Buick riding Albahr to victory at Haydock

"You want those with a bit more experience and that have been beaten. You'd be a brave man to take an unbeaten colt over to America, because it can be a big learning curve for them out there. Those two have earned their stripes to augur well out there.

"Modern Games travels extremely well in his races, and Albahr will thrive on being knocked around on those turns."

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