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Frontiersman in line for Meydan campaign after Wolverhampton defeat

Tue 16 Jan 2018

Charlie Appleby is planning to send Frontiersman to Dubai for a tilt at the Group Three Nad Al Sheba Trophy at Meydan.

The six-year-old, who was runner up in last year's Coronation Cup, finished third over two miles at Wolverhampton on Monday in what was a Fast-Track Qualifier for All Weather Championships Finals Day.

Appleby felt Frontiersman had his excuses on his first start since October and will now look further afield with his charge.

He said: "He was fresh and he probably just needed the run. Adam Kirby said that he just over-raced for the first three-parts of the first mile.

"Going forward with him, we will probably stick to plan A and head to Dubai and come back two furlongs for a shot at the Nad Al Sheba Trophy on March 1.

"Had he won at Wolverhampton, it would have given us two options, but as he has not won, that has basically ruled us out of Lingfield on Good Friday."

The Newmarket handler intends to give Wuheida a similar programme to last season, culminating in the defence of her Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf title.

He added: "Wuheida is currently having a winter break in Dubai and she deserves it. We will work back from the Filly & Mare Turf and we will probably not stray too far off the route we took last year.

"We will wait until she has had her break and then see where we are in the spring. I think the feeling is she will have more of a European campaign from the summer onwards."

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