Charlie Appleby's Masar 'the one to beat' in Group 2 Princess Of Wales’s Tattersalls Stakes at Newmarket's July Festival
Trainer Charlie Appleby believes that Derby hero Masar will be the one to beat on the opening day of the Moët & Chandon July Festival at Newmarket’s July Course.
The four-year-old is set to continue his comeback from injury in tomorrow's Group 2 Princess Of Wales’s Tattersalls Stakes in what will be his second outing of 2019, having finished fifth in the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot last month.
Masar will be bidding to make it three consecutive triumphs in this £100,000 mile and a half event for his owner-breeders, Godolphin. They won it in 2016 with Appleby’s Hawkbill then retained the trophy with the Saeed bin Suroor-trained Best Solution.
Talking about his colt's prepartion and chances, Moulton Paddocks' Appleby said: "Masar has enjoyed a faultless preparation since his run in the Hardwicke Stakes. We are confident that he is in as good a condition as we have ever had him and is the one they have to beat on Thursday.
“The Hardwicke didn’t pan out as we would have liked, he had that hiccough at the start, then they went steady and he was a bit free and had to come wide around the field. But he showed that his enthusiasm for the game is still there, had a nice blow afterwards and has come forward both physically and mentally since then.
“We were pleased with the way that he prepped going into that run, but running first up over a mile and a half at that kind of level was a big ask and there is nothing better than getting a race under your belt.
“The improvement that we hope we have seen since then means that we are confident that he can make up the three lengths on Mirage Dancer – provided Sir Michael’s horse hasn’t improved by another three lengths in the meantime.
“Comparing generations is always difficult but, while Hawkbill was a multiple Group 1 winner, Masar is a Derby winner so I would like to think that he has a bit more class than Hawkbill.”