Charlie Appleby pays tribute as he calls time on career of Derby winner Masar

Tue 16 Jul 2019
 Masar has run below-par in his two runs this term (Epsom Downs Racecourse)
Masar has run below-par in his two runs this term (Epsom Downs Racecourse)

Charlie Appleby paid tribute to Masar after confirming the retirement of last year’s Investec Derby hero.

The New Approach colt became the first horse to carry the royal blue silks of Godolphin to victory in the the premier Classic at Epsom last season, but a leg injury kept him off the track for the remainder of the campaign.

Masar made his long-awaited return in the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot last month – and performed with credit to finish fifth after stumbling soon after the stalls opened.

However, he disappointed when a hot favourite for last week’s Princess of Wales’s Stakes at Newmarket – trailing home last of six runners – and connections have now decided to call time on his racing career.

Appleby said on Tuesday: “After deep discussions with His Highness Sheikh Mohammed, the decision has been made to retire Masar.

Watch again how Masar won the Derby

“He’s a horse who has given us many great days, including a day at Epsom last June that none of us will ever forget.

“From a personal point of view, he was my first Classic winner – and while it will be sad to see him leave the yard, we have to do what is the right thing for the horse, and I’m pleased he’s retiring form racing fit and well.”

Masar is the second high-profile horse trained by Appleby to be retired to stud by the middle of the season.

Time was called on the career of Blue Point 48 hours after his famous Royal Ascot double last month.

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