Dunlop brings Navan to Kempton
View from connections ahead of Saturday's totescoop6 September Stakes at Kempton Park.
Harry Dunlop is hoping for a positive performance from Robin Of Navan
Harry Dunlop is hoping Robin Of Navan can show he is over the problems he had following the French Derby when he makes his comeback in the totescoop6 September Stakes at Kempton on Saturday.
The Lambourn trainer has played a patient game with his stable star, who was injured in the Prix du Jockey at Chantilly three months ago.
Understandably delighted to get him back on the racecourse, Dunlop sees this race as a pointer as to what the rest of the year holds for his talented three-year-old.
"He got an injury in the French Derby, he pulled some ligaments. We've taken our time to get him back and we just felt this race would be a starting point for him," he said.
"Obviously we've been very much targeting France where he's won so much money with the premiums.
"It's a tough race, but we're just hopeful and it's nice to get him back out there.
"There's a nice race for him in Germany, a Group One, and a nice race in France for him as well.
"He's still in the Arc, but we've got to get him back first. This is very much a fact-finding mission and a pointer to where we're going."
Fire Fighting thrives on racing and keeps coming back for more.
Mark Johnston's five-year-old has been running virtually every week recently and turns up after finishing fifth to Berkshire in the Listed August Stakes at Windsor last Saturday.
"He's ready for his weekly outing. You know what you are going to get from him, we hope," said Johnston's son and assistant, Charlie.
"In truth he has been a little in and out of late. There has been two great wins at Goodwood and Newmarket but some not so good runs in between.
"He's always dangerous and we know he's effective on the all-weather as he won a few on it last year. Based on the figures he should be involved at the finish."
Denis Coakley is hoping Miss Marjurie can translate her solid form on turf to an all-weather surface.
The six-year-old mare has just had the three starts so far this season and her trainer reports her to be ready to run for the first time in seven weeks.
"We're happy with her, she seems in good form and we're hoping she'll like the all-weather," said the West Ilsley handler.
Sky Hunter is on the comeback trail after being absent since finishing down the field in the Melbourne Cup.
The six-year-old has been giving his trainer Saeed bin Suroor the right signals ahead of his return to the fray.
"We gave Sky Hunter a break. He is doing well at the moment and working really nicely," Bin Suroor told www.godolphin.com.
"The horse is in good form and the trip will suit him but whatever he does on Saturday, he will improve for the race."
Arab Spring has to bounce back from a disappointing run in the Judmdonte International at York where he was heavily eased in the closing stages after losing his place in the final two furlongs.
The six-year-old, trained by Sir Michael Stoute, had shaped well on his first run for 15 months when third to Royal Artillery at Haydock a month ago.