URBAN SEA TO THE FORE ONCE MORE
19 April 2018
Godolphin’s homebred MASAR (IRE) blew away his rivals in Thursday’s
Group 3 Craven Stakes at Newmarket, winning by an uncontested nine lengths. The
Charlie Appleby-trained colt did not take to the Meydan dirt last month, but
had strong form as a juvenile, beaten less than three lengths by Mendellsohn at
the Breeders Cup, after finishing third in the Group 1 Prix Jean Luc Lagardere
and winning the Group 3 Solario Stakes.
The 2,000 Guineas is next for MASAR (IRE), whose dam Khawlah
(IRE) won the UAE Derby and Oaks. A daughter of Cape Cross (IRE), she is a
half-sister to Group 2 winner Vancouverite. The second dam, meanwhile, was
placed in both the Irish and Epsom Oaks, and the third dam is none other than
Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe heroine Urban Sea. MASAR (IRE) is therefore inbred to
Galileo (IRE) and Sea The Stars (IRE).