Preview: Discovery mission for Classic hope Masar
Godolphin trainer Charlie Appleby hopes to find out if highly rated Masar is capable of handling a dirt track when the colt contests the Listed Al Bastakiya on Super Saturday at Meydan.
The son of Darley stallion New Approach has not raced since finishing a courageous sixth in the G1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf at Del Mar in November but has been working well at Godolphin Marmoom in Dubai.
From five starts — all on turf — he has won twice and been placed twice, and Appleby believes the colt has genuine Classic aspirations.
“This is a chance to learn a bit more about him,” Appleby explained.
“Obviously, we have Gold Town going for the G2 UAE Derby on World Cup night, but Masar could establish his own credentials on dirt, which would add another dimension to his profile.
“It is very likely this race will act as his prep for Newmarket’s G1 2000 Guineas, which will be his first target back in the UK. All going well, he could then progress to the Derby trials,” he added.
Appleby believes that Masar, the highest-rated in the Al Bastakiya, will be given a stern test at his first run on Meydan’s dirt surface.
“He has drawn wide, but also the horse drawn Gate one, Yulong Warrior, is a good yardstick who ran some very promising races when trained by Michael Halford in Ireland.
“It will be tough, but Masar has done very well at home and I expect him to run very well,” Appleby added. (fonte : Godolphin)
Last season’s G1 Breeders’ Cup Turf winner Talismanic (Maxime Guyon) stayed on well to beat Cloth Of Stars (Mickael Barzalona) by a length and three quarters in the Prix Darshaan, an extended nine-furlong conditions race.
Rosa Imperial (Mickael Barzalona) also shaped encouragingly when going down by three quarters of a length to City Light, the pair clear, in another conditions contest – the Prix Anabaa over six and a half furlongs.
All three horses are trained by Andre Fabre, with Talismanic, a five-year-old son of Medaglia d’Oro, set to race on dirt for the first time in the G1 Dubai World Cup over 10 furlongs on 31 March.
Cloth Of Stars, runner-up in the G1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in October, will remain over 12 furlongs on turf for the G1 Dubai Sheema Classic, while G3 winner Rosa Imperial is due to line up in the six-furlong G1 Al Quoz Sprint on turf.
Lisa-Jane Graffard of Godolphin commented: “We were very pleased with Talismanic, Cloth Of Stars and Rosa Imperial, who all appear to be in good form physically and mentally.
“They will all come on for their races today and will fly out to Dubai at the end of this week to continue their preparation for Dubai World Cup Night.” (fonte : Godolphin)