Masar makes Eclipse swap

Daily Mail - - Athletics - MAR­CUS TOW­NEND

DERBY win­ner Masar has been cut to 15-8 favourite for the Coral Eclipse Stakes on July 7 af­ter a change of plan which will see him run at Sandown rather than in the Ir­ish Derby. Trainer Char­lie Ap­pleby and owner Sheik Mo­hammed ini­tially favoured a trip to the Cur­ragh on June 30 with the colt, who car­ries the Godol­phin blue colours. But it has now been de­cided to drop two fur­longs in dis­tance by go­ing for the 10-fur­long Eclipse. Ap­pleby said: ‘We will leave him in the Ir­ish Derby, just to keep all op­tions open, but the in­ten­tion is to run in the Eclipse. ‘Drop­ping back in trip will be no prob­lem. He has plenty of speed.’ AI­DAN O’BRIEN’S Tat­ter­salls Gold Cup win­ner Lan­caster Bomber is out of Royal As­cot with a foot prob­lem. The colt had been a pos­si­ble ri­val for Cracks­man in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes.

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