Eclipse Aim For Masar

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Masar winning the Derby | Racing Post

Godolphin’s G1 Investec Derby winner Masar (GB) (New Approach {Ire}) will bypass the G1 Irish Derby on June 30 in favour of the G1 Coral-Eclipse S. a week later.

“His Highness Sheikh Mohammed and I discussed Masar’s programme at length and have reached the conclusion that the Eclipse will suit him best,” said trainer Charlie Appleby. “We will leave him in the Irish Derby, just to keep all options open. But the intention is to run in the Eclipse.”

Masar would be dropping back to 10 furlongs for the Eclipse, but returning to a track that he has won over, having taken the G3 Solario S. there last year.

“Masar has won at Sandown, showing that he acts well on the track and dropping back in trip will be no problem–he won the Craven S. and finished third in the 2000 Guineas,” Appleby said. “He’s got plenty of speed.”

Dee Ex Bee (GB) (Farhh {GB}), who carried the colours of Sheikh Mohammed’s son Sheikh Hamdan to second in the Derby, seems likely to head to the Irish Derby, according to Charlie Johnston, assistant to his father Mark Johnston.

“Jono Mills [Godolphin bloodstock manager] has been up to the yard this morning and I think if Masar is going to the Eclipse, that would make Ireland a strong favourite for Dee Ex Bee,” Johnston said. “He is in great order and we could even have gone to Royal Ascot as he came out of [the Derby] that well. The Irish Derby and the Grand Prix De Paris were the two options on the table and if Masar is skipping Ireland, it makes us more likely to go there.”

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