Newmarket next for Godolphin's Derby hero Masar

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Last year’s Derby hero Masar will continue his comeback in next month’s Princess of Wales’s Tattersalls Stakes at Newmarket.

Charlie Appleby’s colt had his first run for more than a year in the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot on Saturday.

Not everything went to plan as he stumbled coming out of the stalls – which resulted in a hefty bang from the Czech raider Nagano Gold, who went on to finish second.

The incident lit Masar up, meaning he over-raced in the first half of the race – and after briefly threatening in the straight, he tired to finish fifth.

“Masar has pulled up well this morning. He’s been fully vetted, and everyone is happy with him,” said Godolphin trainer Appleby.

“The plan with Masar now is to make our way to the Princess of Wales’s at Newmarket’s July meeting.”

Appleby did enjoy a double on the card – with the now retired Blue Point winning the Diamond Jubilee, his second success of the week, and Pinatubo smashing the juvenile track record in the Chesham Stakes.

“With regards to Pinatubo, he’s come out of his race very well and will head to the Vintage Stakes at Glorious Goodwood,” said the Newmarket trainer.

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Blue Point has been retired after his incredible Royal Ascot sprint double last week.

The five-year-old became the first horse since Choisir in 2003 to win the King’s Stand Stakes over five furlongs on Tuesday before following up over a furlong further in Saturday’s Diamond Jubilee.

Blue Point bows out with four Group One wins to his credit and trainer Charlie Appleby has paid tribute to his star sprinter.

“He pulled up well from the weekend and after discussions with His Highness Sheikh Mohammed, we came to the conclusion that he owes us all nothing,” said Appleby.

“He’s given us some wonderful times, with the highlight being last week’s King’s Stand-Diamond Jubilee double.

“Even from his two-year-old days, winning the Gimcrack and being placed in multiple Group Ones, to winning the King’s Stand last year and then winning three Group Ones this year – he’s been top-class.

“He’s a horse very close to my heart, being there from the start, and it’s not often you get horses who impress you so much in a morning that do the same in the afternoon, but he’s never let us down. He’s been a true champion.

“I’d like to personally thank His Highness Sheikh Mohammed for allowing us to train him in the first place and place him as we have. He has been very much involved in the decisions and the plan for last week.

“We just felt Ascot has been his most fond place to race, his record speaks for itself and to go out like this is very appropriate – to retire on a high.

“It’s very rare for a horse to show such form at two and win Group Ones at five, and that is all credit to the horse.

“I’d just like to personally thank all my team who have been involved with him down the years, he’ll be sorely missed.

“I’m sure he’ll emulate his father (Shamardal) and be a very successful stallion.”

Blue Point retires having won 11 of his 20 races and over £2.5 million in prize money.

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Godolphin‘s Blue Point clung on grimly to complete a remarkable Royal Ascot double in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes.

Having successfully defended his crown in the King’s Stand on Tuesday, Charlie Appleby’s five-year-old was turned out just four days later in a bid to follow in the hoofprints of the Australian speedball Choisir – the last horse to win both races in 2003.

With the rapid Kachy adopting his customary pacesetting role, the 6-4 favourite got the perfect lead into the race and his rider James Doyle was still sitting motionless Racing inside the final two furlongs.

Once asked to go about his business, Blue Point quickly took a couple of lengths out of the field and at that stage looked set to score decisively.

However, the Sir Michael Stoute-trained Dream Of Dreams and Danny Tudhope finished with a real flourish and were only a head down at the line.

Kachy boxed on to finish third ahead of Speak In Colours in fourth.

Appleby said: “I thought about doing both races after he did a great piece of work the week before the King’s Stand.

“His Highness (Sheikh Mohammed) came into town a bit early and was looking round at the Ascot runners, and I said if he was happy I’d leave Blue Point in on the Saturday and let’s just dream we can win the King’s Stand and give ourselves the opportunity of potentially having a crack at the Diamond Jubilee.

“He’s going to retire this year and he’s a superstar of a horse.

“Sheikh Mohammed made the call. I just gave him the information on the horse. It was so sporting of him to bring Masar back as well. That is what the sport is all about, seeing good horses through their three- and four-year-old careers.”

Doyle said: “He’s a horse you dream about. He’s learnt what his job is all about and has learnt with each race. He went down to the start like a complete professional.

“He was a little bouncy and excitable in the gates, but he jumps and travels, just everything you need to do. Kachy ran a hell of a lick and I was trying to keep a lid on my horse.

“He is so genuine, he was trying to run him down earlier than ideal, so I was trying to preserve all his energy for as long as I could. I was mindful going that extra furlong.

“When we got there he was a bit lonely, he felt the other horse come and stuck his neck out. He’s an amazing horse. Maybe five and a half furlongs would be easier!”

He added: “Full credit to Charlie. I feel sorry for Will (Buick). This is a massive meeting for him to miss out on, but he’s here in full support. It’s great to see him.”

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