Charlie Appleby struggles to separate Master Of The Seas and One Ruler in their respective offerings for Qipco 2000 Guineas glory.
The Newmarket manager would love to win the Rowley Mile Classic for the first time on Saturday – and believes his two main contenders give him a good chance to do so.
William Buick sided with Master Of The Seas after his course and distance triumph in the Craven Stakes just over a fortnight ago, leaving James Doyle to take over on One Ruler in his seasonal reappearance. .
“I’m thrilled with the way Master Of The Seas came out of Craven. He showed us his well-being during the week – William sat on top of him on Wednesday and was happy with him,” Appleby said.
“He ticks a lot of boxes before the weekend. I couldn’t be happier with him and can’t wait to see him run.
“We’re going into the same conditions as in Craven in terms of the fast again terrain. We know he’s handling that and handling the track, and he saw the trip well, so I always thought it was going to be. hard for William to leave him. “
One Ruler has not been seen competing since taking second place in the Vertem Futurity Trophy in Doncaster in October, but he is said to be in poor health by his trainer.
Appleby added, “I’m happy with the build of One Ruler. It looks great and it’s ready.
“James is happy to ride it. He was in a good position, awaiting William’s decision, and he would always be happy to jump on either of those horses.
“These are two different types of horses. Master Of The Seas is a very honest traveler on the bridle, while One Ruler is a horse that warms up in its run.
“I am delighted to see One Ruler make their first start at the age of three. The two horses have different racing styles, but when it comes to the caliber of each horse I think they are difficult to separate. . “
Appleby has a third string to his bow as an outsider Naval Crown.
Dubawi’s son inflicted a shock defeat at Master Of The Seas in Dubai earlier in the year, before being beaten in the neck by Queen’s Tactical on his return to Newmarket in the Free Handicap.
Appleby thinks Naval Crown could exceed his chances, saying, “We left him in the Guineas for a reason. Master Of The Seas had the right to run for the race in Meydan and did come forward, but Naval Crown beat him fair and blunt.
“He’s been a rock solid little performer who brings an abundance of experience to the table, and I think the one mile hindsight is going to suit him.”
The Charlie Hills-trained Mutasaabeq was extremely impressive when he won a conditional race at the Craven reunion, which ultimately led to additional connections for the Guineas earlier this week.
“He seems to have come off very well from his run at Newmarket. Jim (Crowley) came to sit on him on Wednesday and said he was feeling very relaxed and fit,” Hills said.
“We were trying to care for him throughout his career, but his abilities got him to where he is now. He’s only had two runs, but they’ve both been to Newmarket – so he’s more experienced than most on a course like this.
“It’s always encouraging to see horses winning the way he did, but he hadn’t done anything wrong with his homework. He worked with the really beautiful horses at home and worked well with them. six lengths is nice to see – but did that surprise me?
“It goes without saying that it becomes a very valuable proposition if he wins a Guinea, being out of a Guinea winner.”
Richard Hannon is excited about Chindit’s chances, whose only loss in five starts came when he disappointed in the Dewhurst across seven stadiums here in October.
Wootton Bassett’s colt returned to the winning track when he returned to the Greenham Stakes in Newbury a fortnight ago.
“I think he’s a Group 1 horse now – whether he wins the Guineas or not – and they’re hard to find,” said Hannon.
“I think he’s smart enough, he knows when he’s done enough. What I liked about Greenham was that he looked like he didn’t start until he crossed the line. He looks like he wants a mile, which is great.
“He’s had all of his wins on flat tracks like Ascot, Newbury and Doncaster – and it’s very different. I don’t know if he enjoyed the Dewhurst, but I’m pretty sure it was on the ground.
“The run will have him excited, I think, will have just made him go. He travels home a lot easier now.”