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Masar confirmed for Coral-Eclipse race
June 14, 2018
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DUBAI: Sandown Park’s G1 Coral-Eclipse is to be Derby winner Masar’s next target.

Trainer Charlie Appleby has confirmed the Godolphin star is set to drop back in distance, to a mile and a quarter, for his next run on July 7.

“His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai and I discussed Masar’s programme at length and have reached the conclusion that the Eclipse will suit him best,” Appleby said.

“We will leave him in the G1 Irish Derby, just to keep all options open. But the intention is to run in the Eclipse.

“Masar has won at Sandown (the G3 Solario Stakes), showing that he acts well on the track and dropping back in trip will be no problem - he won the G3 Craven Stakes and finished third in the G1 Guineas. He’s got plenty of speed,” Appleby pointed out.

Masar looked bright as he went about routine work at Moulton Paddocks early on Wednesday.

The New Approach colt gave Godolphin a famous first Derby success in the royal blue colours, but Dubai’s ruler is of the opinion that much better is to come.

Meanwhile, D’bai gained a first G3 success with a brave display in the John of Gaunt Stakes over seven furlongs at the Haydock Park in UK on June 9.

The four-year-old son of Dubawi, runner-up in the six-furlong Listed Leisure Stakes on his European return at Windsor on May 21, was settled in fourth of the seven runners early on by William Buick.

D’bai, trained by Charlie Appleby, quickened smartly to take the lead entering the final furlong and gamely saw off the late challenges of Larchmont Lad and Tabarrak to prevail by a head in 1m 28.24s on good to firm ground.

Godolphin’s other runner Dutch Connection (Charlie Hills/James Doyle) kept on to come home a clear fourth.

Charlie Appleby said: “D’bai travelled very well today and really put his head down when he had to.

“He holds an entry in the G1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes (6f, June 23) at Royal Ascot and we will keep the race on our radar, but he could also head for the G2 Lennox Stakes (7f, July 31) at Goodwood.

“D’bai is a G3 winner over seven furlongs now, so it seems logical to keep him over the same distance, but the way he travels in his races suggests that a fast-run six furlongs could be right up his street.

“We will see how he comes out of the race and talk things over but I am delighted that he has won a G3 race.”

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