Frontiersman set for Newmarket
Charlie Appleby is ready to send Frontiersman into battle in next week's Princess of Wales's Arqana Racing Club Stakes at Newmarket.
A son of Dubawi out of the great racemare Ouija Board, the four-year-old bolted up in a Rowley Mile handicap in early May before being thrown in at the deep end in the Coronation Cup at Epsom.
He performed admirably in defeat to fill the runner-up spot behind Highland Reel and Appleby is excited about his chances on the July Course next Thursday.
He said: "He came out of the Coronation Cup well and we intended to run him in the Hardwicke Stakes, only for him to scope dirty and there was then not quite enough time to get him ready for Ascot.
"But he did a nice piece of work last Saturday and, provided he maintains a clean bill of health, it's all systems go for the Princess Of Wales. A repeat of his Coronation Cup run should put him bang in contention.
"He was stepping up from a handicap to a Group One in the Coronation Cup so for sure that was a career best for him.
"We didn't run him there on a whim – he's regally bred and had been showing us all the right signs at home – and his performance justified the decision to supplement him.
"Good ground would be perfect for him, he wouldn't want it testing, but anything quicker should be no problem.
"And he's already won on the Rowley Mile, so I am not worried about the track."
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