Injury ends Masar's campaign but connections eye four-year-old career

A leg injury has ended Derby hero Masar's season, but Godolphin's new pin-up boy is set to return to the racecourse next year.

The news came on Sunday morning just a week after the son of New Approach was an 11th-hour absentee from the Coral-Eclipse after suffering a bang to his off-fore.

After seeing the results of a scan, connections have decided not to run the three-year-old again this year.

Trainer Charlie Appleby said on Sunday: "The vet has seen a change in the soft-tissue damage to Masar's off-fore, and after speaking to His Highness [Sheikh Mohammed], we have decided to call a halt to the colt's season immediately.

"Sheikh Mohammed is keen for Masar to run again at four, and if we are to deliver on that the best option is to give him a long break.

"He's going to be on the easy list for six to eight weeks in any case, and that leaves little time to prepare him properly for the big targets in the final months of this season."

Masar's season
March 10 – finishes tenth of 13 on dirt at Meydan
April 19 – wins the Craven Stakes by nine lengths
May 5 – finishes a creditable third in the 2,000 Guineas
June 2 – wins the Investec Derby under William Buick
July 6 – withdrawn from the Coral-Eclipse after sustaining an injury
July 15 – ruled out for the season following scan

An impressive winner of the Craven Stakes, Masar was third in the Qipco 2,000 Guineas before becoming the first horse to carry the Godolphin blue to glory in the Investec-sponsored Derby.

"In time, though, we can give him the right preparation for big races such as next year's Coronation Cup, which is over the same course and distance as the Derby," Appleby added on the Godolphin website. "Other targets we will look at are the King George and the Arc."

Masar and William Buick winning the 2018 English Derby at Epsom Downs, picture Liesl King