German mission for Wuheida as Charlie Appleby diverts classy filly

By Geoffrey Riddle@Louchepunter
Fri 4 Aug 2017

By Geoffrey Riddle at Goodwood

Charlie Appleby believes that Wuheida will be tough to beat when she takes her chance in the German Oaks on Sunday at Dusseldorf.

The daughter of Dubawi was scratched from Thursday’s Nassau Stakes won by Winter on account of the 50mm of rain that hit Goodwood on Wednesday.

Wuheida won each of her two starts as a juvenile, including the Group One Prix Marcel Boussac at Chantilly.

She returned from nine-month absence in the Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket a shade over three weeks ago and ran a fine race to fill the runner-up spot behind Aidan O'Brien's subsequent Prix Rothschild scorer Roly Poly.

Appleby had hoped to step his filly up in distance in Sussex and reports her in top shape ahead of the 159th Henkel-Preis der Diana.

“I would have loved to have run her here,” Appleby said. “She is in great nick and I’m delighted with her. For a filly that has been off the track with a muscular injury I just didn’t want to pull her around on this track with so many miles ahead of her.

"We're happy stepping her up to a mile and three (furlongs) and the ground is good out there, which we think will suit her better.

"She is the paper favourite there at the moment, but if she turns up with her A-Game and gets a clear run she will take a bit of pegging back.”

Wuheida is the only British challenger in a 16-strong field, with William Buick travelling to Germany for the ride.

She holds an entry in the Darley Yorkshire Oaks on August 24, and is a best-priced 16-1 behind dual Oaks and King George winner Enable, who is the market leader at 1-3. Winter is 12-1 to step up in trip following her winning effort on Thursday.

Appleby did not discount turning up at the Knavesmire. “We hope stepping up in trip is going to suit her, and I am confident that it will, he added. “This is her first step up in trip so after the weekend if she goes and wins the German Oaks it opens up other options.”

Stable companion Sobetsu could also be heading abroad after finishing third to Winter and Blond Me.

The daughter of Dubawi was an impressive winner of the 10-furlong Group One Prix Saint-Alary on soft ground in May, and was running for the first time since only beating one home in the Oaks at Epsom over 12 furlongs in June.

Appleby said: "I am delighted with that. We got a soft lead, but that is her ground, and 10 furlongs is as far as she is going to get.

"Going forwards with her, we'll see how she comes out of this but we could go to Deauville for the Prix de la Nonette, dropping back to Group Two company.

"Otherwise, she is a filly we could travel with to America for the Grade One Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup for three-year-old fillies over nine furlongs - Keeneland in October can get easier conditions."

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