Godolphin to supplement Nations Pride for the Epsom Derby
- Godolphin will stump up the supplementary fee for Nations Pride to enter the 2022 Epsom Derby
- This famous Classic will take place at Epsom on Saturday 4th June
- Nations Pride has been impressing Charlie Appleby since winning the Newmarket Stakes
William Buick riding Nations Pride (blue) win The Best Odds On The Betfair Exchange Newmarket Stakes at Newmarket. (Getty)
Godolphin will add a third runner to the Epsom Derby arsenal, with runaway Newmarket Stakes winner Nations Pride set to be supplemented.
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Charlie Appleby has won two of the last three runnings of the Epsom Derby, scoring with Masar in 2019 and Adayar 12 months ago. Appleby and Godolphin had several Derby entrants sitting prominently in the market heading into this season, but the trials didn't go as well as the team would have liked.
Despite having runners in all of the major trials at Chester, Lingfield and York, few really impressed. Walk Of Stars came closest to winning at Lingfield, but was edged out of it late on by Aidan O'Brien's raider, United Nations.
The only Derby trial winner Godolphin has was Nahanni, who won the Blue Riband Trial here at Epsom back in April. At the latest stage of declarations, Nahanni and Walk Of Stars were the only runners left in by Sheikh Mohammed's ownership powerhouse.
During the week, reporters asked Appleby which of his runners would he ride in the Derby. Appleby responded by highlighting, not Nahanni or Walk Of Stars, but Nations Pride, who at that stage wasn't entered up in the Derby.
"Nations Pride is the highest rated and has done little wrong." Appleby said.
"The three I worked are all different. Nahanni is a different animal when he turns up at the races. At home he struggles to even warm up in a gallop. He led the way in a swinging canter under Adam.
"He's done fantastically well in the past four weeks and turned himself inside out. He's been here and done it, while at Leicester he put nine lengths between himself and the others in a matter of a furlong. He will be putting in his best work at the finish in the Derby."
"Walk Of Stars has all the ability and possesses the engine to do something exciting. He did disappoint at Lingfield, but he was jigging about and in my view he's a work in progress."
"He's a big, scopey horse and Will said he thought he handled the track very well at Lingfield. He said that for a big horse he switches his leads very easily.
"He will have the hood on to post in the Derby and if you could pick one that's got the profile of an Adayar, then it's him. This horse has a lot more character and is a big boy who is still immature. If I was forced to say which is in with the best chance, he would be the one."
After some deliberation, it was confirmed today that Godolphin would stump up the £75,000 supplementary fee for Nations Pride to enter the Epsom Derby. Appleby was delighted with what his star produced on the gallops, during the open gallop session for the media on Friday.
Appleby told the Godolphin website. "He (Nations Pride) worked with a reliable and very able lead horse and he looked very good. Importantly, he has done well since. I have been delighted with him since the gallop."
"He has the right profile for Epsom. He's got five runs under his belt, having won the Jumeirah Derby and then taking the Newmarket Stakes, where William (Buick) was very pleased the way he went through the line, which has given us as good an indication as any that the step up to a mile and a half is going to suit him."
"Therefore, we think he deserves to be supplemented on Monday morning."
Nations Pride is currently the third favourite to win the Epsom Derby, with QuinnBet listing Appleby's runner as a 6/1 chance, behind Desert Crown and Stone Age. The full betting for the 2022 Epsom Derby can be found on our website.
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