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There were not be too many better bred horses in training than the Charlie Appleby
He is also a good looker who, having been something of a slow burner, thrived in 2017 without always looking the most straightforward.
Winner of a Newmarket handicap off 101 at the Guineas meeting, he was supplemented for the Investec Coronation Cup at a cost of £25,000 and showed that to be a shrewd move as he stayed on well from the back of the field to finish a length and three-quarters behind Highland Reel in second.
Appleby said: “Frontiersman finishing second there was a big step-up from his handicap win at Newmarket on his latest start.
“His homework had been so good and he has a pedigree to die for this horse. I’m not saying that makes him a great racehorse but he showed us all the right signs at home and he is a typical Dubawi who is getting better with age.
“We weren’t coming in here confident but we paid the £25,000 supplementary fee for a reason as we thought he deserved to have a crack at it.
“James [Doyle, jockey] thought his inexperience has just caught him out round there. We did ask James to just give him a chance round here as we knew the pace was going to be generous up front.
“He saw it out well and he galloped it out strongly. We might look at the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot with him as that looks the most logical step forward and he will justifiably deserve to be there in the line up. All being well, he comes out of this fit and well and we will then head to Royal Ascot.”
Frontiersman proved something of a tease after his run at Epsom but got back to winning ways at Newmarket in October when dropped to Listed company.
Three runs in 2018 have brought three defeats but he lost little in defeat when a close fourth to Vazirabad over 2m in the Dubai Gold Trophy last time at Meydan, having previously been edged out by stablemate Hawkbill at the same track.
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