Charlie Appleby hopeful Line Of Duty will be a 'live player' in the Epsom Derby
Newmarket-based Charlie Appleby is hopeful that Line Of Duty will prove to be a 'live player' as he bids to win back-to-back Epsom Derbies next month.
Appleby celebrated his first ever victory in the Classic last year thanks to Masar, who beat off the challenge from Dee Ex Bee.
Line Of Duty – winner of the Group 1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf in 2018 – had been entered into the 2000 Guineas, but Appleby has opted to go down another route ahead of a tilt at the Derby.
"Far from saying that Line Of Duty is a Derby horse yet, him and Masar have very similar profiles. They both raced five times at two, they both went to America and Line Of Duty actually came out with a better result than Masar (sixth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf) on the day," he said.
"We made the decision not to send Line Of Duty to the 2,000 Guineas. I have always said that a turning track is better for him, as it keeps him interested.
"There is no doubt that the Guineas is one of the best trials for the Derby, but I felt it just was not going to suit this horse. I would rather go the Dante route to give him that opportunity up in trip and see where we are.
"I am looking forward to Line Of Duty running next week and, provided everything goes well between now and then, we will be going there in good shape and he will be a live player."
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