Creative Force Breaks Appleby’s Champions Day Duck With Sublime Sprint Success | Horse racing news

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Creative Force: Recorded its first Group 1 victory at Ascot on Saturday

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By Peter Scargill

Considering the season he’s had, the biggest surprise after Creative Force landed the Qipco British Champions Sprint for coach Charlie Appleby was that he had never saddled a rider on Champions Day.

The fact that Creative Force started the year winning a handicap at Newmarket with a score of 89 and was beaten in both of their starts at Group 1 level this year shows how used to seeing Appleby compete – and win – at the biggest meetings in the world. .

“We waited for the right horse! Appleby said when asked to sever her virginity on Champions Day amid warm congratulations from everyone.


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This is something the coach has grown used to this season, having won a second Derby and the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes with Adayar, the St Leger and the Paris Grand Prix with Hurricane Lane, as well as two of the best juveniles of the year in Native Trail and Coroebus and much more.

And Appleby believes further top-level sprint success awaits Creative Force following the retirement of July Cup winner Starman from Ascot’s perspective.

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Creative Force (blue) overtakes Glen Shiel (navy cap) to clinch the Champions Sprint

Creative Force (blue) overtakes Glen Shiel (navy cap) to clinch the Champions Sprint

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“I think with Starman’s retirement the sprint division is pretty open,” he said. “There is now a gap to be filled and I think this horse is young enough to do it. For this little horse to win a Group 1, I think he really deserved it.”

Appleby’s confidence in the rise of Creative Force is bolstered by how the three-year-old has gradually come to understand what it takes to play against the best.

“At this level of sprinting, it’s such a difficult game that nothing can go well,” he added. “Coming in this season, I felt this horse has the gift of sprinting. What he does in his races is what these good sprinters need and that is travel.

“We knew Glen Shiel was the right horse to follow and as he won further here we knew he was going to hit the line hard. If something was to come from behind us and beat us, then fair play to them. , but they didn’t. “

The win gave William Buick a highlight on the final day of the British Flat Jockeys’ Championship and the rider confirmed Appleby’s opinion that it was a deserved win for Creative Force.

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William Buick gives Creative Force a well-deserved slap after its success

William Buick gives Creative Force a well-deserved slap after its success

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“Creative Force really deserved it,” he said. “Obviously he won the Jersey Stakes here and he’s crossing that ground which is a big help. The race went perfectly today.”

Creative Force denied Glen Shiel consecutive wins in the Champions Sprint, the seven-year-old finishing second after racing under Hollie Doyle.

Coach Archie Watson said: “I’m delighted. He’s coming to life here. Hollie was delighted with him.

“He picked up speed and just found a really good Charlie horse to beat him to. It’s just a dream for the owners and a dream for us.”

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