Masar stamps his class on Solario Stakes at Sandown

Sat 2 Sep 2017

Watch how Godolphin colt Masar proved too strong for his rivals in the Group Three contest on Saturday, plus an interview with winning trainer Charlie Appleby

By staff

Masar was an emphatic winner of the BetBright Solario Stakes at Sandown.

The son of New Approach touched off the smart Invincible Army on his racecourse debut at Goodwood in May and lined up at Royal Ascot as a leading contender for the Chesham Stakes.

While Charlie Appleby's charge ultimately came up short, he emerged with plenty of credit after finishing third behind high-class fillies September and Nyaleti, and was an 11-8 favourite to get back on the winning trail in this Group Three event.

Runaway course and distance winner Connect took the field along for much of the seven-furlong contest, with De Bruyne Horse second and Masar settled in third by James Doyle.

Masar quickened up to lead inside the final two furlongs, but was followed through by Ken Condon-trained Irish challenger Romanised.

For a moment it looked as though it might be close, but Masar really asserted his authority late on and passed the post two lengths to the good.

"I thought it was a nice, professional performance," Doyle said. "He had good form in the book, obviously. Being placed in the Chesham was pretty smart form.

"We knew he'd see out the trip quite well and we just kept it simple. He took a little bit of time to drop down into gear, but once he did he powered away nicely.

"I was pretty confident after going a furlong. I'd say a step up in trip will suit him."

Appleby immediately nominated the Royal Lodge Stakes at Newmarket on September 30 as a possible next port of call.

"I'm delighted. James gave him a lovely ride," said the trainer. "He got the run we were hoping for. We though they (Connect and De Bruyne Horse) were the two pace angles in front of us and he got a dream run round.

"I was confident going into the final furlong he was going to carry on galloping and he galloped out nicely.

"It was a pleasing performance and I hope he's a horse with a bright future.

"He's potentially a horse for the Royal Lodge. We feel next year will be his year, so we'll treat him with some kid gloves, hopefully get another run under our belts and then put him away for the winter."

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