By Duane Fonseca
Godolphin's Ghaiyyath threw his name into the mix for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe after a dominant performance that saw him storm to a resounding success in the 147th Longines Grosser Preis von Baden at Baden-Baden.
It was the 4yos first mile and a half outing and the son of Dubawi, trained by Charlie Appleby and ridden by William Buick, showed no mercy to his rivals as he pulled clear to win by a massive 14 lengths from Donjah. Favourite Laccario was a further four and quarter lengths behind in third.
“We were confident/hopeful the step up to a mile and a half would suit him and it’s always great when a plan comes to fruition,” said Appleby.
“We were very happy with his first run back his season and while he was beaten in his second start we took the positives out of it.
“I was lucky enough to be able to give him a summer break. Some people might question what he beat, but he did it very well.
“We will discuss the Arc with his Highness Sheikh Mohamed in the next week to 10 days and see how the horse is."
Appleby and Buick had earlier combined to win the Group 2 Oettingen-Rennen with Vintager, who denied Nica by a neck with Wonnemond a further three lengths back in third.
Appleby added: “Vintager is a horse that was purchased pre (Dubai) Carnival (from the David Menuisier stable) and we’ve been learning about him over the last six months.
“He’s a handy horse to have around. He has been very simple to train and he’s come through the ranks well.
“No immediate plans. He might just join the Carnival team again.”