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Wild Illusion came close to providing Charlie Appleby with a first Classic winner when runner-up in the Investec Oaks – little did he know that 24 hours later he would land the Investec Derby with Masar.
Appleby travelled home to his Newmarket base deflated on the Friday night after Wild Illusion, the 5/2 favourite, had found Forever Together too strong.
The three-year-old daughter of Dubawi, ridden by William Buick, travelled well into contention in the home straight but could not match the finishing kick of the impressive winner.
“Wild Illusion ran really well but has just been outstayed,” Appleby said: “We thought stamina would be her real forte and when William made his move, I thought we were going to go through and win it, but Forever Together was on the rail and as we’ve already seen this afternoon, it is a little bit of an advantage.
“She didn’t look that comfortable coming down the hill but she came there to win her race and we got beaten by a better horse on the day. We didn’t lose too much in defeat, we just met one on the day who was a superior stayer.”
Buick added: “I’m very proud of her. She has grown up a hell of a lot and had only one run this year in the 1000 Guineas.”
Wild Illusion also found one too good, Magic Wand, when burdened with a 3lb penalty in the Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot on her next start but it all came good next time in the Qatar Nassau Stakes at Goodwood where she made all and won by two lengths from Urban Fox.
Appleby said: “The plan was always to come here after the Nassau and try and put this one in the back of the net and then head on to the Breeders’ Cup Filly And Mare Turf.”
Wild Illusion duly travelled to America and cam close to another tremendous win, only for Sistercharlie to edge her out by a neck.
Kept in training in 2019, she had yet to show her very best form – finishing fourth in the Juddmonte Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh on her latest start.
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