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Thursday 19th April 2018

Soliloquy States Classic Case

Charlie Appleby enjoyed an excellent afternoon on day two of the bet365 Craven Meeting at Newmarket, headlined by his Soliloquy winning the Nell Gwyn Stakes.

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The Group Three contest is a recognised trial for next month's Qipco 1,000 Guineas back at Headquarters and the daughter of Dubawi has thrust herself into the Classic picture after a taking display.

Soliloquy had just two runs as a juvenile last season, finishing second at Newmarket on debut before obliging next time out at Ascot.

The Newmarket whispers suggested she would have a big role in the Nell Gwyn and so it proved.

William Buick's mount was out smartly and made her own running for most of the journey. The Roger Varian-trained Altyn Orda attempted to press her late on, while Eirene also looked to get involved from off the pace.

Soliloquy was always in control, with the Mark Johnston-trained favourite Threading unable to land any sort of blow in a disappointing run.

Soliloquy would have to be supplemented for the 1,000 Guineas, while she'd also need adding to the French Guineas field.

Appleby also has Wild Illusion in the mix for the 6th May Classic on the Rowley Mile. He isn't keen to have his fillies taking each other on, but admits things could change.

"Soliloquy's work recently has done nothing but impress us. In the last three weeks she's blossomed and speed has come from where we haven't seen speed before," said the trainer.

"She's not in either the English or the French Guineas. We'd like to keep the two fillies apart and we'll see where we are in the next couple of weeks.

"We would supplement Soliloquy for one or the other. This filly goes on a quicker surface, whereas Wild Illusion broke her maiden on soft and won on soft in the Boussac as well.

"Wild Illusion's priority is the English Guineas, but if it is quick ground we'd have to have a chat nearer the time. This filly then potentially may come into the reckoning for one or the other. Wild Illusion is in both, this filly isn't."

Wild Illusion is 10/1 to win the 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket, while Soliloquy is trading at 12/1. The Aidan O'Brien contender Happily is 7/2 for the Fillies' Classic.

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