Charlie Appleby backs Master Of The Seas to defy the odds at Breeders’ Cup Mile and cap off a great season
Charlie Appleby backs Master Of The Seas to defy the odds at Breeders’ Cup Mile and cap off an impressive season for Britain’s soon-to-be new champion coach.
- Charlie Appleby is confident that Master Of The Seas may cause discomfort at Breeders’ Cup
- Master Of The Seas was injured over the summer after finishing second in the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket in May.
- Winning the Breeders’ Cup on Saturday would cap off a wonderful season for the coach.
- Appleby coached the winners of the English and Irish Derbies, King George and St Leger
Coach Charlie Appleby cautioned against underestimating his perceived second-row Master Of The Seas ahead of tonight’s Breeders’ Cup Mile in California.
Recent Appleby Prix de La Foret winner Space Blues, the saddle of stablerider William Buick, is leading the betting for the $ 4 million contest.
But Appleby has confidence in Master Of The Seas, ridden by James Doyle, who was injured over the summer after his second place in Poetic Verse in the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket in May.
Coach Charlie Appleby cautioned against underestimating his perceived second-rate Master Of The Seas.
That belief was unaffected by Benbatl’s third comeback at the Joel Stakes in September before sinking into soft ground behind Baaeed in the QEII Stakes at Ascot last month.
Appleby said: ‘We probably saw Master Of The Seas in its prime when it was just released in the Guineas on fast ground. They are going to go hard and that will do you good. If it finds its way to Guinea, it will take the whole beating. He’s an exciting horse that will go slightly under that radar. ”
Appleby believes Master Of The Seas can win the Breeders’ Cup after recovering from injury
Space Blues won the Foret with great force, but Appleby says the fast terrain at Del Mar won’t be an excuse for the versatile five-year-old in what appears to be the last start of his career.
The coach added: ‘He will travel for fun and if the gaps appear, he has the acceleration.’
Victory in the Mile, in which Aidan O’Brien races with 1,000-Guinean winner Mother Earth, would cap off a wonderful season for Appleby.
He will be crowned champion coach in Great Britain for the first time and his more than 100 winners include the English and Irish Derbies, King George and St Leger. Appleby has a fantastic Breeders’ Cup record with three wins and a second out of seven riders. .
Appleby (far right) won the Cazoo St Leger Stakes with Hurricane Lane in September
The coach also claimed the Epson Derby when Adam Kirby and Adayar triumphed in June.
It has Walton Street and Yibir in Turf, the race with the best record for Europeans with 23 wins in 37 races.
But he admits both will struggle to handle 2020 Dermot Weld winner and Arc runner-up Tarnawa.
The additional presence of Teona, winner of Roger Varian’s Prix Vermeille, and Aidan O’Brien’s Bolshoi Ballet on the lawn, will make it disappointing that the award does not return to the other side of the Atlantic.
The Europeans had three wins when the meet was held at Del Mar in 2017 and they could match that with O’Brien’s Love in the Filly & Mare Turf plus two more defending champions: Kevin Ryan’s Glass Slippers (Turf Sprint) and James Audarya. Fanshawe (Filly And Mare Turf).