Dream is still alive for Cox

My Dream Boat

Clive Cox hopes My Dream Boat can take the necessary steps required to prove he is up to contesting this year's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.

While plans remain fluid for the five-year-old following his fourth in the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud, the Lambourn handler has earmarked the prestigious mile-and-a-half Group One showpiece as his preferred long-term target.

Cox said: "It was a good performance by My Dream Boat on Sunday. He was drawn wide and probably just got hustled back in the pack .

"He finished off really well and gave the impression he was back to his best as it was a competitive Group One.

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"He has come out of the race well and he has entries that cover both a mile and a quarter and a mile and half. I'm not going to commit where he will go next as the ground will be key.

"I would love to run him in the Arc and if he takes a couple of positive steps in between now and then, it would be great to give him a chance in that sort of race."

Cox is weighing up a number of options at Group Two level for Grand Koonta, who struck at the third time of asking in novice event at Windsor.

He said: "It was a confidence-boosting run for Grand Koonta on Saturday. He ran on ground a bit too easy at Newbury and then ran a blinder in a very hot maiden at Newmarket.

"I am hoping he is on an upward curve and he has probably not come on to many people's radar yet.

"I would hope he can continue to take the next step forward and we will look at the July Stakes and Richmond Stakes for him."

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