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Royal Ascot could be on the agenda for Charlie Appleby's Espom Derby winner Masar

Charlie Appleby has revealed that Epsom Derby-winning Masar could make his long awaited return to action at Royal Ascot next month.

Injury has meant that the four-year-old has not run since his famous victory last year, which provided Appleby and Godolphin with a first ever victory in the Classic.

He has entries in the Group 2 Hardwicke Stakes and Group 1 Prince Of Wales's Stakes, with Appleby also revealing that the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe is the ultimate target.

Masar (9870250)
Masar (9870250)

"We have made the entries for the Prince Of Wales's Stakes and the Hardwicke Stakes," said the Moulton Paddocks-based trainer.

"It is a day by day situation with him and he is doing everything we have asked of him. The only thing I would emphasise is that he is a horse who helps himself potentially getting to Ascot because he is an athlete and a very good horse. He is a very clean-winded horse and if he comes in time for Ascot then great, we will be there.

"However, if I'm a gallop short with him, then I'll wait as I'm not going to force him into getting to Ascot. It would be a lovely stage to bring him back, but it is a big stage and I wouldn't want to bring him back there only 75 per cent fit. Let's hope it's all good news from here on in.

"Personally, we feel that the mile and a quarter will be the right starting point for him. We saw what he has done over a mile and we haven't explored 10 furlongs.

"The Prince Of Wales's is a G1 race, but I feel after such a long layoff, 10 furlongs could be the better starting point. Our ultimate aim is going to be the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe with him."