Oasis Charm maintains progressive profile at Newmarket

Royal Ascot a possible target for Appleby winner

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Oasis Charm justified favouritism for Charlie Appleby in the Spring Lodge Stakes at Newmarket.

Along with Roger Varian’s Sharja Bridge, the pair dominated the betting and from some way out had the race to themselves.

Unplaced in the King George V Handicap at Royal Ascot last year, he has been lightly raced since but has now won two on the bounce and appeared ahead of the handicapper under William Buick, beating Sharja Bridge by half a length with the pair well clear of Third Time Lucky.

Appleby, who was carrying on from where he left off at the Craven meeting, said of his progressive four-year-old: “We felt this was the right race for him and coming back in trip didn’t worry me.

“Once he hit the rising ground I was confident he would see it out well, as he’s seen 10 furlongs out before.”

Regarding plans, he said of his 4-1 winner: “We’ll get this weekend out of the way and regroup, but if he got a mile and a half we could look at something like the Duke of Edinburgh (at the Royal meeting), as he does travel very well.”

While Masar could finish only third in the 2000 Guineas, Appleby continued his incredible form at the track this season with three further winners.

Tribal Quest (7-2) in the Hot Streak Handicap, Key Victory (5-4 favourite) in the Havana Gold Newmarket Stakes and Symbolization (7-4) in the closing Qipco Racing Welfare Handicap added to his gains.

“He’s tough, that was a game effort as he was giving a stone away to the second,” said Appleby of the latter.

“He wintered in Dubai, lost nothing in defeat at the Craven meeting and the step up to a mile suited him.

“The horses are running out of their skins, but there’s only one English Guineas every year. Masar lost nothing in defeat.”

Oasis Charm maintains progressive profile at Newmarket
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