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Wednesday, 19 December, 2018

Frontiersman to return to turf for Dubai carnival campaign

Frontiersman: disappointed on all-weather debut at Wolverhampton
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Charlie Appleby's classy performer Frontiersman has had his domestic all-weather season curtailed and is to head out to Dubai next month, when he is set appear at the carnival at Meydan on March 1.

The five-year-old turned in a below-par effort on his first start on an artificial surface when third to Watersmeet in an all-weather championships qualifier over two miles at Wolverhampton last week.

Prior to that, Frontiersman showed some high-class form on turf last summer, notably when second to Highland Reel in the Group 1 Coronation Cup at Epsom in June.

Appleby said: "Frontiersman ran well enough at Wolverhampton but didn't seem to suit the all-weather style of racing, which can be a bit stop-start instead of the true end-to-end gallop he needs. He was overracing a bit and was going on at the finish but we feel he's better on turf so we'll ship him to Dubai next month."

He added: "Frontiersman remains a horse of some potential as he had no end of issues in his early life and has not that many miles on the clock.

"The plan is to run him in the Listed Nad El Sheba Trophy on March 1 – the track should suit him and he could make the running. Beyond that there is the Group 2 Dubai Gold Cup on World Cup night."

Godolphin have a good record in the Nad El Sheba Trophy and won it last year when Beautiful Romance defeated subsequent Dubai Gold Cup winner Vazirabad.

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We feel he's better on turf so we'll ship him to Dubai next month
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