X

Thursday 22
August

Horse Racing

Appleby keeping faith with Masar

14th July 2019, 12:03 by Craig Smithson

Charlie Appleby is hopeful that Masar will bounce back from a disappointing week and rediscover his Epsom Derby winning form.

The four-year-old colt hit the headlines in June 2018 when he secured victory for owners Godolphin in the Derby at Epsom, only for a leg injury to prematurely end his season.

Masar then recovered from a stumble to record a fifth-place finish on his seasonal return in the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot last month.

However, an expected win in Thursday's Group Two Princess Of Wales's Tattersalls Stakes at Newmarket failed to materialise with Masar finishing last from six runners.

Despite that outcome, Appleby is adamant he is keeping faith with Masar to get back to winning ways.

"He came out the race well and there were no problems at all. The discussion will go on over the next week before we make a decision on what lies in his future," said Appleby.

"At the end of the day he is a horse that owes us nothing and he gave us a fantastic day last year (at Epsom). On the flip side of that, his work last week was so good we came into this meeting confident that we would hopefully get him back on the winning track.

"He has had two starts this year. The first was a messy race for him - having the start he did - and this time we got trapped wide and ran too free. It would be lovely to see him have another crack at it where he can get himself into a lovely rhythm and we can see what he has done before.

"No one will change my mind at all. Does he still have the ability? Yes. The main thing is he has pulled up sound.

"The York Stakes in a couple of weeks' time will come too quick, so at the moment, there is no real set plan."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Craig Smithson is a journalist with over two decades of experience at the keyboard. A life-long Middlesbrough fan, Craig has an in-depth knowledge of all football and is also a keen fan of boxing amongst other sports.

More Horse Racing

Horse Racing

Gosden believes in Stradivarius

22nd August 2019, 17:13

Trainer John Gosden is confident Stradivarius can continue his great form and win the Weatherbys Lonsdale Cup at York on Friday.

Horse Racing

Enable wins 12th straight race in York

22nd August 2019, 16:57

Enable has won her 12th consecutive race as she crossed the line to take the spoils in the Yorkshire Oaks at York's Ebor Festival.

Horse Racing

Japan edges out Crystal Ocean at York

21st August 2019, 17:34

Japan has beaten off competition from favourite Crystal Ocean to win the Juddmonte International Stakes at York.

Horse Racing

Logician set for St Leger after York win

21st August 2019, 16:40

Logician won the Great Voltigeur Stakes at York's Ebor Festival to continue his good form in time for the St Leger.

Horse Racing

Cox delighted with Morney third

20th August 2019, 15:21

Clive Cox was delighted with Golden Horde's third-place finish in what he described as 'the best two-year-old race of the year' on Sunday.

Horse Racing

Raheen House set for Melbourne

20th August 2019, 15:09

Ebor candidate Raheen House is being lined up for an appearance in the Melbourne Spring Carnival after Australian Bloodstock bought a controlling share in him.

Recent Sport Headlines

Torino

Torino 2-3 Wolves

22nd August 2019, 22:42

Wolves withstood a late scare to secure a 3-2 victory at Torino in the first leg of their Europa League qualifying play-off tie.

Real Madrid

Navas requests Real exit

22nd August 2019, 20:42

Keylor Navas has reportedly told Real Madrid he wants to leave before the summer transfer window closes.

Liverpool

Oxlade-Chamberlain pens new Liverpool deal

22nd August 2019, 20:42

Liverpool have confirmed midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has signed a new long-term contract at Anfield.

Newcastle United

Newcastle’s Lazaar linked with Fiorentina move

22nd August 2019, 20:12

Newcastle United misfit Achraf Lazaar looks set to depart before the European transfer window closes and Fiorentina have emerged as potential suitors.

Manchester United

Is Sanchez the worst Premier League signing ever?

22nd August 2019, 20:10

Alexis Sanchez and Manchester United seemed to fit like a glove when the signing was announced, but the move has been far from a success.

Cricket

Archer leads charge at Headingley

22nd August 2019, 20:05

Jofra Archer starred for England with 6-45 as the hosts dismissed Australia for 179 on the first day of the third Ashes Test.

Derby County

Cocu happy to bide his time with Marriott

22nd August 2019, 19:40

Derby County manager Phillip Cocu has confirmed forward Jack Marriott is a doubt for the clash with West Brom this weekend.

Burnley

Can Burnley avoid relegation dogfight?

22nd August 2019, 19:10

Burnley looked in real danger of dropping out of the Premier League last season before a strong second half of the campaign saw them finish in 15th spot.