‘He has been an ultimate professional’: Silver Knott Pleases Appleby

NEWMARKET, UK–With three Godolphin Classic winners having already taken to the Rowley Mile this week in early-morning gallops, on Thursday it was the turn of the Classic hopes.

GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf runner-up Silver Knott (GB) (Lope De Vega {Ire}) and G2 Gimcrack S. winner Noble Style (GB) (Kingman {GB}) are both under consideration for QIPCO 2,000 Guineas in just over a fortnight’s time and they stretched out over seven furlongs in a serious piece of work under James Doyle and William Buick respectively.

Noble Style, not seen on the racecourse since his success at York in August, was first up in company with Listed-winning stablemate Highland Avenue (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}), whose half-sister Silver Lady (GB) (Sea The Stars {Ire}) won impressively on debut at Newmarket on Wednesday. 

Silver Knott followed, easing past his fellow three-year-old, the Listed winner and Group 2-placed Victory Dance (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}).

Appleby admitted to being uncertain as to whether Noble Style will see out the mile of the Guineas. “We will be going into it with that mindset to be brutally honest, hoping that we will see the Guineas trip out,” he said. “Our decision will be, are we going to be a miler or are we going to be dropping him back?

“On the evidence of what I’ve seen there we will still be going into the Guineas with that question on the back of our minds. It is all very well what we have done here this morning but it will be a different ball game when those gates open in the Guineas going a fair rattle on quick ground. Stepping up from six [furlongs] to a mile is a big leap of faith really but, as I’ve said, it is a Guineas and he deserves to be in the race being a Gimcrack winner.”

Appleby added, “I purposely asked William to give Noble Style a good gallop this morning as there are things we are trying to work out about him. In his work at home he has always had that peacock head carriage.

“I said to William we have worked all winter to try and get him to drop that. Being in front he drops it but being in behind he has that peacock head carriage. That is why I asked William to just grab hold of him as it is the first time he has been grabbed hold of all winter. We have spent a lot of time trying to get him to drop that head it was now time to go and ask about his business.

“He has had a good blow this morning and I’m pleased. I think we will see a big improvement from here onwards.”

Silver Knott has had the benefit of six starts, including two Group 3 wins at home in the UK, as well as an overseas trip to Keeneland for the Breeders’ Cup.

Appleby said of the son of Group 1 winner God Given (GB) (Nathaniel {Ire}), “The one thing with Silver Knott is that he is professional. For me, he has got a great profile coming into a Guineas in what he has achieved so far.

“James said he is not electric and doesn’t really quicken but he just keeps lengthening, that is the sort of horse he is. He sees the mile out strong. He is a horse that will come forward a good bit for this morning.”

He continued, “I questioned how he would take America but the one thing was he grew up so much in that week out there. He was a horse that surprised me how he took it as he wasn’t originally on the America list.

“Mysterious Knight was going to go there, but Silver Knott took his slot. The interesting thing was how much he grew up in his time there and he has shown that all winter subsequently. He has been an ultimate professional that goes out and just does his work. He is not flash but does everything that is asked of him.”



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