Dartmouth prepares for Canada
View from connections ahead of the Dubai Duty Free Legacy Cup at Newbury on Saturday.
Dartmouth (r) could put himself in line for a trip to Canada
Dartmouth will step up his preparations for a possible trip across the Atlantic next month with an appearance in the Dubai Duty Free Legacy Cup at Newbury on Saturday.
The Sir Michael Stoute-trained four-year-old provided the Queen with a Royal Ascot winner in the year of her 90th birthday with a thrilling success in the Hardwicke Stakes in June, and a month later returned to Berkshire to finish an excellent third in the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes.
Having since enjoyed a midsummer break, Dartmouth makes his comeback at Group Three level and while the demanding underfoot conditions are a negative, connections are keen for him to "blow away the cobwebs" ahead of a potential tilt at the Canadian International on October 16.
Stoute has saddled the last two winners of the Woodbine showpiece in Hillstar and Cannock Chase.
The Queen's racing advisor John Warren said: "He's a big, strong horse and he's in very good form. The intention is for him to run.
"It's been a while since the King George and hopefully this will be a nice blow-out for him and a good prep race. The Canadian International is a possible target for him, if he did well on Saturday.
"It is obviously not ideal the ground being as it is, but there are not many options for him and hopefully it will blow away the cobwebs.
"There is no substitute for a run."
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Dartmouth was one of six horses declared for the one-mile-three-furlong contest, although The Grey Gatsby has already been withdrawn on account of the deteriorating ground.
David Simcock is looking forward to getting Algometer back on the racecourse.
Winner of the Cocked Hat Stakes at Goodwood in May, the three-year-old has not been seen in competitive action since finishing seventh in the Derby at Epsom.
"He's been ready to run for a while now and he's in good order," said Simcock.
"He'll appreciate the rain they've had – the ground won't be a problem for him – and he'll also appreciate being back on a more conventional track."
Another one-time Classic hope who should not be inconvenienced by conditions is the Harry Dunlop-trained Robin Of Navan.
Winner of the Criterium de Saint-Cloud in testing terrain last season, the French-bred colt disappointed in the French Derby and was subsequently found to have suffered an injury.
He made his return in the September Stakes at Kempton a fortnight ago and performed admirably to finish second to Arab Spring.
Dunlop said: "Because of the injury he had you'd be a little bit wary if the ground got really bad, but at the moment it looks ideal and we're looking forward to it.
"The Grey Gatsby doesn't run and maybe one or two more might drop out as well, which would obviously be a positive for us.
"We've been very happy with our horse since Kempton and he's tightened up nicely.
"Hopefully this will be a good opportunity for him."
Roger Charlton's Ayrad and Tashaar from Richard Hannon's stable complete the line-up.
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