The St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot remain Master Of The Seas’ next likely goal after their narrow loss in the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket.
The Craven Stakes winner barely came to provide coach Charlie Appleby with his first win in the Rowley Mile Classic – losing to Jim Bolger’s Poetic Flare in a thrilling finish on Saturday.
Appleby, who saddled two winners and five seconds during the two-day Guinéas Festival, reports that his horses have recovered well from their efforts over the weekend.
He said: “They all came out of their races well. The whole team looks good – they all had an easy canter this (Tuesday) morning, and everyone is very happy with them.
“It was a great weekend for the race, and we were delighted with the way all of our people raced. We had a touch of secondity – but as I always tell the team, I prefer to be second rather than penultimate.
“We know the horses are in the right races and they are in good shape – and if we keep knocking on the door, those doors will open.”
Master Of The Seas won the best of three riders in the Qipco-sponsored Guineas for Appleby, with Naval Crown finishing fourth and One Ruler sixth.
Naval Crown looks set to join Master Of The Seas at the Royal Reunion, with all seven Jersey Stakes seen as a suitable target, while a Derby tilt will be considered for One Ruler.
“Master Of The Seas has done three races this year now, so he deserves a little break,” Appleby added.
“I hope we come back to Ascot with fresh legs. We look forward to potentially having a rematch with the winner at St James’s Palace.
“Naval Crown has a few options, and I would most likely say we’ll be looking towards the jersey with him. He’s got a lot of boots, but to be honest two of his best races have been over the mile – beating Master Of Les. seas to Meydan and the Guineas.
“He now has two solid performances behind him, but it seems like the most logical option for him to head for the jersey.”
The lineup of the Coaching Derby squad will likely be much clearer in the coming days, with Wirko and Yibir heading to Chester, Adayar bound for the Lingfield Derby Trial and Hurricane Lane possibly lining up for Dante in York .
Appleby said: “Everyone is testing their (Derby) credentials over the next week, with the races in Chester followed by Lingfield on the weekend and then in York next week.
“One Ruler is in the mix for sure. The way he bounced off Guineas, I’m very happy with him.
“It’s always hard to tell where your horse is going to go immediately after the race, until you start to see how they came out of it.
“The signs with everyone have been very good, so conversations will take place during the week confirming some plans for these horses.”