Godolphin’s retained rider William Buick will ride Master Of The Seas for this Saturday’s Qipco 2,000 Guineas Stakes at Newmarket, the opening Classic of the flat season.
The three-year-old landed the bet365 Craven Stakes on the Rowley Mile earlier this month, leaving his pilot with the decision to partner him once again over stable-mate and the fellow Godophin representative, One Ruler.
In an interview with the Racing Post, Appleby said:
“It wasn’t an easy call for William, who rode Master Of The Seas in the Craven and then sat on One Ruler in a routine gallop at Moulton Paddocks last week.
“William asked some serious questions of Master Of The Seas in his race, and he was pleased with the response. I believed that’s what clinched it in the end. Of course, the final call comes at declaration time on Thursday.
“Five days out from the Guineas, I couldn’t be happier with them. One Ruler has been progressing nicely at home, while Master Of The Seas has gone to the races and put the score on the board.”
On Saturday, One Ruler and Master Of The Seas will bid to become the first Appleby-trained winner of a Classic since Masar’s Epsom Derby victory in 2018.