Naval Energy kicks off Traditional season at Meydan

The Teofilo colt gained his first 4 juvenile begins for Charlie Appleby final season, together with spectacular Listed victories within the Pat Eddery Stakes at Ascot and the Ascendant Stakes at Haydock.

He completed a well-beaten sixth on his remaining begin of 2022 within the Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket, however shall be a scorching favorite to make a profitable return to motion in Dubai.

“Naval Energy confirmed a progressive profile as a two-year-old earlier than disappointing within the Dewhurst Stakes, when he produced an unsatisfactory scope afterwards,” Appleby advised the Godolphin web site.

“I’ve been happy together with his preparation however there shall be enchancment to come back for the run. We’re taking a look at giving him the one begin in Dubai earlier than taking a look at a number of the Traditional trials within the UK.”

Naval Energy is one in every of three Appleby-trained runners within the Jumeriah Traditional, with Highbank and One Nation additionally declared.

Highbank made a promising Dubai debut when crushed half a size into third within the Jumeirah Traditional Trial three weeks in the past, whereas One Nation was final seen ending third in an October Newmarket nursery.

Appleby added: “We had been very happy with Highbank’s run within the trial, when he settled properly and did every part the appropriate manner spherical. He has come on for that run and we hope that he can progress right into a Jumeirah Derby contender.

“One Nation confirmed strong kind as a juvenile and has performed properly from two to a few. He has a bit to seek out with a few his rivals on rankings however his preparation has gone properly and he gained’t look misplaced within the subject.”

It guarantees to be one other worthwhile afternoon for the Appleby group, with Man Of Promise bidding for back-to-back wins within the Dubai Dash.

Final season the six-year-old claimed this Listed prize earlier than following up within the Group Three Nad Al Sheba Turf Dash, after which he positioned third behind A Case Of You within the Al Quoz on World Cup night time.

This time round Man Of Promise has had a prep run for the Dubai Dash, having crammed the runner-up spot behind stablemate Lazuli within the Dubai Sprint early within the new yr.

“Man Of Promise has undoubtedly come ahead for his first begin of the yr and has an excellent attract 14,” mentioned Appleby.

“Stepping again as much as six furlongs will play to his strengths and I really feel he’s the one all of them should beat.”

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