Dream Boat seeks repeat win
Clive Cox expects My Dream Boat to give a good account of himself in his attempt to register back-to-back wins in the bet365 Gordon Richards Stakes at Sandown on Friday.
The five-year-old claimed the Group Three prize 12 months ago on his seasonal return, before striking at the top level on his third start in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot.
With the son of Lord Shanakill racing without any penalties for that Group One success, the Lambourn handler is hoping he can once again use the mile-and-a-quarter race as a springboard to bigger and better things.
Cox said: “I’m very happy with him, he has done really well over the winter and has had a great preparation. I am looking forward to getting him back on track. Any more rain would be welcome, but I imagine from what I have been told that the ground should be fine.
“He starts this season without a penalty which is great news and hopefully he can build to such heights he achieved last season.
“The way he finished in the Champion Stakes and Irish Champion gives us encouragement he might get further, so he is entered up with all possible options.”
Although Muntazah is expected to come into his own over further, trainer Owen Burrows feels this is an ideal starting point for the Dubawi colt who has been absent since trailing home last in the Princess of Wales’s Stakes in July.
Burrows said: “He had a good run in the Dante, but then things didn’t go to plan at Newmarket. He had a setback after that.
“The track and ground will suit. We are on a bit of a fact-finding mission to see where we are with him and we will probably step him up after this race.
“It’s a good race and hopefully he will run well and show some promise. He will come forward from it. He has been working nicely and considering we had problems last year we have had a nice clear run with him.”
John Gosden hopes a recent away day at Chelmsford City can bolster the chances of Royal Artillery making a winning return, having ended last season finishing third behind English and Irish Champion Stakes winner Almanzor in a Group Two at Deauville.
Gosden said: “I am happy with him. He has been working with Western Hymn who goes for the Jockey Club Stakes
“They really enjoyed their day out at Chelmsford last week. It sharpens them up going down to the racecourse doing a bit of work.
“It was just nice bridle work in a pair, but it does them good mentally.”
The Newmarket handler will welcome back the long-absent Tashweeq later on the same card in the bet365 Mile.
He missed all of last season through injury, but Gosden reports the four-year-old to be in good shape ahead of his first start in 544 days in the Group Two prize.
He said: “He is in top order having been off for over a year. He ran in France and got a stress fracture to his shin. It took a long time to heal as the blood supply there is not readily the same. He has come back fine and is very good order.
“He went back to Shadwell and rather then push him back for last year smartly he has had a year off and has benefited from it.”
Ruth Carr believes Sovereign Debt has solid claims on his return to Pattern-race level having hit the jackpot last time out in the mile final on All-Weather Championships Day at Lingfield on Good Friday.
Carr said: “He came out of the Lingfield race really well. Obviously it is a competitive race, which you expect for a Group Two, but he has every reason to be there and hopefully he will be there with a big shout.
“He deserved that win last time. That was a big pay day and that box is ticked off, so maybe that takes a bit of pressure off.
“I thought the mile at Sandown would suit him better than the seven furlongs at Leicester (on Saturday) and I thought at the time of doing the entries that looked as competitive for half the prize-money.”
Charlie Hills is optimistic Jallota can make his mark over the trip having been narrowly denied over it on his penultimate start in an Italian Group One back in September.
The Lambourn handler said: “He has had the first holiday he has ever had over the winter. He has come back nice and fresh and his work has been nice.
“We are trying him back over the mile first time out. There is a question mark over the trip and it is his first time there, but I would like to think he will get it.
“If he doesn’t then there are plenty of nice races over seven furlongs, but it would be nice if he got a mile as it gives us more options.”