Charlie Appleby is far from writing off Masar’s comeback, after the four year-old finished last of six in the Group Two Princess Of Wales’s Tattersalls Stakes at Newmarket.
Last year’s Investec Derby winner had an eventful return from injury, when fifth in the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot, but had stumbled leaving the stalls.
He faded late on at Newmarket on good to firm ground and an undulating track and discussions are likely to take place this week on his future plans.
“No one is going to change my mind at all,” Appleby told the Racing Post. “Does he still hold the ability? Yes. The main thing is he’s pulled up sound and we can discuss it this week.
“He owes us nothing and gave us a fantastic day last year but, on the flip side of that, his work last week was so good that we came into this meeting very confident we would hopefully get him back onto a winning track.
“I’m not one to make excuses but we got trapped out wide and ran too free and it would be lovely to see him have another crack at it in a race where he can get himself into a rhythm.
He added: “He jogged yesterday and today and is perfectly sound, and a discussion will go on over the next week before we make a decision on his future.”