Com­mu­nique back to his best as Masar flops

Trainer John­ston lands fifth Princess of Wales’ Last year’s Derby win­ner fades away into last place

The Daily Telegraph - Sport - - Racing - By Mar­cus Army­tage RAC­ING COR­RE­SPON­DENT

Com­mu­nique, an 11-1 shot, gave trainer Mark John­ston a fifth Princess of Wales’s Tat­ter­salls Stakes on the open­ing day of New­mar­ket’s July Fes­ti­val yesterday – but Masar, last year’s Derby win­ner, failed to live up to his star billing, finishing a dis­ap­point­ing last.

Things may have con­spired against Masar in the six-runner field be­cause there was not much pace and jockey James Doyle could get no cover, which meant his mount was still pulling well into the straight. But when he needed to pick up there was pre­cious lit­tle on of­fer and there must now be a doubt about his rac­ing fu­ture.

Com­mu­nique, who had won a Group Two at New­mar­ket ear­lier in the sea­son, had dis­ap­pointed in the Coronation Stakes and fin­ished last in the Hard­wicke Stakes since but was back to his best here, sit­ting be­hind the even­tual fourth Dash­ing Wil­loughby be­fore pass­ing him two fur­longs out and going on to beat Mi­rage Dancer by 1¾ lengths.

“He was bowl­ing along com­fort­ably be­hind the leader and it didn’t mat­ter that he wasn’t in front,” John­ston said. “He’s had a cou­ple of goes at Group Ones and come up short, but he’s in that class.”

Hop­ing that the race would give Masar a con­fi­dence-boost­ing win, trainer Char­lie Ap­pleby was as dis­ap­pointed as any­one. “I hate mak­ing ex­cuses,” he said. “But the gal­lop was not as strong as we’d have liked, he over-raced for half a mile and paid the price.

“What does the fu­ture hold? Ob­vi­ously, we’ll have to dis­cuss that with Sheikh Mo­hammed, but the work we saw last week was ev­ery bit as good as any­thing he did at three. He’s had two runs and there’s plenty of gas still in him, so maybe going 10 fur­longs, so they go a stride quicker, might help him.”

Span­ish Mis­sion had been ear­marked for the new £1 mil­lion race at Bel­mont on Sept 7 be­cause his own­ers, Earle Mack and Team Valor, are Amer­i­can, but trainer David Sim­cock may have a re­think about the St Leger after the colt beat Nayef Road by four lengths in the Bahrain Tro­phy.

“I don’t think any horse was suited by one [Sev­er­ance] going 20 lengths clear, but Jamie [Spencer] waited as long as pos­si­ble on the bri­dle and he found for him up the hill,” Sim­cock said.

Ryan Moore’s big­gest prob­lem this sea­son is be­ing spoiled for choice and he must won­der what he has to do to get on the right horse when Bal­ly­doyle has more than one runner in a race.

Yesterday, pick­ing the wrong one was per­haps un­der­stand­able, in a two-year-old race in which they ap­peared closely matched on pa­per. Not for the first time this year, Wayne Lor­dan was the happy re­cip­i­ent of the Moore dis­card, this time the 11-1 shot Royal Lytham in the Tat­ter­salls July Stakes.

“He had one ear pricked cross­ing the line,” Lor­dan said. “That’s a nice way: race lazy, find plenty. I don’t think much both­ers him.”

A fea­ture of this sum­mer has been the great form of the Wil­liam Hag­gas sta­ble, and he has a strong hand in to­day’s Tat­ter­salls Fal­mouth Stakes, with One Master and Be­shaayir. When they met at the Cur­ragh it was Be­shaayir who came out on top by 2½ lengths, although Hag­gas pointed out she was the fit­ter of the pair and was get­ting 3lb.

One Master has since fin­ished a good third to Lord Glit­ters in the Queen Anne, while Be­shaayir’s pow­der has been kept dry and the mar­ket is prob­a­bly right in mak­ing One Master the favourite. Qa­bala has not done much wrong at New­mar­ket, so she could also fig­ure.

The Duchess of Cam­bridge Stakes boasts two As­cot win­ners, Daahyeh and Raf­fle Prize. Daahyeh looked a class act and should be on the mark again.

Class act: Sil­vestre De Sousa rides Com­mu­nique (left) to vic­tory in the Princess of Wales’s Tat­ter­salls Stakes at New­mar­ket

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