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Trainer Charlie Appleby tallies his first winner with Godolphin

Expressly cruises in Ascot Lawyers Maiden Fillies' Stakes to tally first winner for Godolphin trainer Charlie Appleby, who was granted a license to train at Moulton Paddocks last week.

Jockey Mickael Barzalona, second from right, rides Expressly to a convincing victory in the Ascot Lawyers Maiden Fillies’ Stakes at Ascot on Sunday. It was the first win for Godolphin trainer Charlie Appleby. Alan Crowhurst / Getty Images
Jockey Mickael Barzalona, second from right, rides Expressly to a convincing victory in the Ascot Lawyers Maiden Fillies’ Stakes at Ascot on Sunday. It was the first win for Godolphin trainer Charlie Appleby. Alan Crowhurst / Getty Images

ASCOT, England // New trainer Charlie Appleby saddled his first winner for Godolphin when Expressly bolted up on her debut at Ascot on Sunday.

The filly, sired by Street Cry, made light work of her seven rivals to score by four-and-a-half lengths from Mu'ajiza in the Ascot Lawyers Maiden Fillies' Stakes.

Snow Powder was a further neck back in third.

"I am delighted to have my first winner," Appleby told the Godolphin website.

Appleby, who was an assistant to banned trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni, was only last week granted a licence to train 200 horses for Godolphin at Moulton Paddocks in Newmarket, after the British Horseracing Authority concluded he had "no awareness of the actions" of Al Zarooni.

Appleby, 38, who has been with Godolphin for nearly 15 years, was not present to welcome in Mickael Barzalona's mount, who was equipped with a hood for her debut.

Barzalona said: "We went a nice pace and she got a good lead. She did everything very easily, but she is still very green.

"Charlie didn't want to take any chances with her, so we applied the hood. It's is good for him, so well done, Charlie. I'm sure he will have many more winners."

Ryan Moore and Richard Hannon maintained their pursuit for their respective jockeys' and trainers' titles with a sparkling double.

Moore moved to within eight winners of championship leader and title-holder Richard Hughes with victories aboard the Hannon pair Piping Rock and Refraction.

The Acomb Stakes at York could be the next target of Piping Rock, following a successful front-running debut in the six-furlong Anders Foundation EBF Crocker Bulteel Maiden Stakes.

The two year old dictated a modest early pace before holding off the late thrust of Makhfar for a length-and-a-quarter victory.

Former trainer Mark Smyly, representing Hannon, said: "He is a son of Dubawi and has always been a nice horse.

"Ryan felt that seven furlongs would be ideal and he felt he was very green in front, but he did it professionally and he behaved beforehand.

"The Acomb Stakes at York looks a possible target now, but that's up to Richard to decide."

The pair doubled up when Red Refraction (4-1) stayed on well to take the Millward Printing Handicap Stakes by three-quarters of a length from Can You Conga.

Red Refraction had made the frame in his previous six outings and victory in the six-furlong event was just reward for the three year old's consistency.

Smyly said: "This good pace suited him he likes to come from off a fast pace.

"A stiff six or seven furlongs suits him and he's been very consistent. He deserved to win a decent race."

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