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2,000 GUINEAS: William Buick opts for Master Of The Seas

Master Of The Seas will be partnered once again by William Buick at Newmarket this weekend



Master Of The Seas ridden by William Buick riding (centre) win The bet365 Craven Stakes at Newmarket Racecourse. Picture date: Thursday April 15, 2021.

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.

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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.

Master Of The Seas ridden by jockey William Buick wins the bet365 Superlative Stakes on day three of The Moet and Chandon July Festival at Newmarket Racecourse.
Master Of The Seas make the short trip to Newmarket for this Saturday’s Guineas Festival under William Buick

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.

Charlie Appleby smiles at the Ebor Festival
Master Of The Seas’ handler Charlie Appleby chases a first success in the 2,000 Guineas

“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.”

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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.

Dominic Chapman is senior content writer at Low6 with a passion for horse racing. He provides a NAP and NB every day throughout the week on selected National Hunt and Flat cards in both Britain and Ireland. Additionally, he hosts the Paddock Picks Podcast with former Welsh Grand National-winning pilot, Charlie Poste - the pair interviewing and discussing current racing topics with a special guest every week.