Masar likely to bid for Derby double at the Curragh

Charlie Appleby sets sights on Irish Derby challenge for Epsom hero

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The Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at the Curragh is the most likely next port of call for Masar following his heroics at Epsom on Saturday.

A brilliant winner of the Craven Stakes at Newmarket, the son of New Approach then finished third behind red-hot Investec Derby favourite Saxon Warrior in the 2000 Guineas.

However, stepping up to a mile and a half, 16-1 shot Masar reversed that form emphatically in the world’s most famous Flat race, providing trainer Charlie Appleby with his first Classic success and ending Sheikh Mohammed’s long wait for a Derby winner in the royal blue silks of Godolphin.

Speaking on Sunday morning, Appleby told Press Association Sport: “We had a quiet night and the horse pulled out well this morning.

“It still hasn’t completely sunk in, to be honest. It was a fantastic result for everyone involved and as many people have said already, it’s great for racing.

“Coolmore and Ballydoyle are doing what they’re doing and fair play to them. They’re very sporting people and they’ve congratulated us, too.

“I said last week I felt he (Masar) was a big price. Obviously there was a question mark about the trip and I suppose the fact the trainer hadn’t trained a Classic winner before contributed, too!”

Asked about future targets, the trainer added: “Myself and Sheikh Mohammed watched the replays together last night and I think we’re both on the same page.

“We’ll see how he is and how he comes out of the race, but he stayed the mile and a half well and I think the Irish Derby is the obvious place to go.

“We have no reason to come back in trip at the moment.”

Masar likely to bid for Derby double at the Curragh
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