Golden Eagle on the radar for Godolphin’s Noble Truth after Royal Ascot romp

Trainer Charlie Appleby has put the $10 million Golden Eagle on the radar for Noble Truth following his Group 3 The Jersey Stakes win at Royal Ascot.

GODOLPHIN’S Charlie Appleby is eager to take home the Noble Truth for the $10 million Golden Eagle after the Kingman three-year-old’s strong win in Group 3 The Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot on Saturday.

Appleby prepared his third winner for Royal Ascot week, while Noble Truth led most of the way before revealing his ambitions for the spring carnival in Sydney.

Appleby told News Corp earlier last week that the Golden Eagle, which was run in Rosehill Gardens in October, was “on his radar” and is also considering sending its French 2000 Guineas winner, Modern Games, to Sydney.

Noble Truth may not be in the league of Modern Games, but he is a forward-thinking three-year-old who has racked up consecutive stakes wins this season.

“We’re looking for a horse to match the golden eagle and that brings me to him,” Appleby said. “I think he has the qualities for that race, maybe he’ll tick a few boxes for that.”

Godolphin made the decision to have Noble Truth neutered after he won a listed six-length race at Newmarket in April and Kingman’s son made his first start since knocking out the Jersey Stakes.

Noble Truth led most of the way in the 1400m sprint and although he was briefly challenged by Samburu in the 400m, three-year-old Godolphin again ran clear, stopping Find and Dubai Poet.

“He hasn’t been an easy horse to ride. He can pull like a fast train every morning, so we made the cruelest (moon) cut of them all,” Appleby said.

“But we think it was good for the horse and in the last 10 days he has started to listen to me.”

Noble Truth rider William Buick said it is remarkable that since the three-year-old has been neutered he is “much more professional” in his racing manners.

“Noble Truth has so much energy and today he was able to channel it in the right direction,” Buick said.

“He has a lot of speed, but today I was able to ride him a little while I was a passenger on him in the past.”

Originally published as Golden Eagle on the radar for Godolphin’s Noble Truth after Royal Ascot romp