Frontiersman is very much the one to beat in the Princess Of Wales’s Arqana Stakes at Newmarket on Thursday, according to trainer Charlie Appleby.
Runner-up behind the supremely-talented Highland Reel in last month’s Coronation Cup at Epsom, Frontiersman is one of two runners for Appleby in the mile and a half Group 2 contest and he is the 13/8 favourite to win.
On his home track, Appleby is also saddling last year’s Eclipse hero Hawkbill, but he doesn’t have any doubts over how the pecking order should be.
Frontiersman was forced to miss Royal Ascot last month after an unsatisfactory scope but he is back in peak condition now and the rest of the Newmarket field have got to find a way of getting him beat, says a confident Appleby.
“Frontiersman is our number one contender. He has done nothing but please us of late. I am applying the cheekpieces just to help him along,” said the trainer.
“He has got an ungenuine head carriage, which is not his fault, but he is not an ungenuine horse. The cheekpieces will just help him concentrate.
“I think they have all got him to beat. He just had a dirty scope a few days before Ascot and I would have loved to have run him there, but thinking long-term you don’t want to put these horses under pressure and we have sat patient with him.”