Masar will make his long-awaited reappearance at Royal Ascot next week although trainer Charlie Appleby has yet to confirm the target for the Derby-winning colt.
Masar finally ended the Godolphin wait for glory in the Epsom Classic last June before a setback ended his season shortly after. Appleby has been nursing him back to full fitness in patient fashion and now has Masar ready to go into battle at Ascot.
He will either take his chance in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes over a mile-and-two-furlongs or the Hardwicke Stakes over a mile-and-a-half, with the Newmarket-based trainer anticipating a decision by the weekend.
“He did a routine bit of work [at home], but rain stopped play in allowing us to get over the road on to the Limekilns. I couldn’t have been happier with his work,” said the Newmarket trainer.
“In regards to whether he runs in the Prince of Wales’s or Hardwicke, a decision will be made in the next 48 hours. I don’t want to put it further back but thereare plenty of calculations that need to be made, especially with the way the ground is with the rain.
“You would be hoping for decent ground but the forecast has changed over the last couple of days and that has to be taken into consideration. I will speak to [owner] Sheikh Mohammed and we will make what we think is the right call for the horse for his start at Ascot.”
Masar is 8/1 with Betfred to win the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot and dropping back in distance wouldn’t give his trainer cause for concern.
“Dropping back to 10 furlongs doesn’t worry me… as he has won the Craven and we were going to come back to 10 furlongs after the Derby, when unfortunately he met with a setback when favourite for the Eclipse,” he added.
“We have just got to make sure we make the right decision for his first start after a long lay-off.”
Odds subject to change.