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Goodwood beckons for Cox's noteworthy Dream Tune

DREAM Tune could bid to go one better in the Betfred Mile after having to settle for second place in the Buckingham Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Trainer Clive Cox is looking at the Glorious Goodwood contest on August 2 after the four-year-old was given 8st 13lb in the valuable Heritage Handicap.

The Lambourn handler has a second possible runner in Haafaguinea (8st 9lb), who has been absent since winning at Sandown in April.

"Dream Tune is a possible for the Betfred Mile. He is on 95 at the moment so I just need to see where he sits," said Cox.

"There are a few other things to sort first, but I am very much hoping that he will be heading in the Goodwood direction.

"It was a great effort over seven furlongs at Royal Ascot and I am keen to step him up to a mile after that run.

"The race is also a possible option for Haafaguinea. He just had a little hold-up after Sandown so that's why there is some uncertainty as to where he will go next. At this stage, I would say Dream Tune is the more likely starter."

Top weight of 9st 10lb is shared by the Marcus Tregoning-trained Boom And Bust, winner of this race in 2011, and David Livingston, who represents South African trainer Mike de Kock.

The sponsors make the Andrew Balding-trained Stirring Ballad (9st 1lb) the 7-1 favourite while other notable contenders include Royal Hunt Cup victor Belgian Bill (9st 5lb), Nine Realms (8st 11lb) and Wentworth (8st 10lb).

The sole Irish entry Brendan Bracken, from Ger Lyons' County Meath stable, has been allotted 9st 8lb.

Emirates Queen is set to tackle the Darley Yorkshire Oaks following her victory in the Lancashire version at Haydock on Saturday.

Trainer Luca Cumani has confirmed the Group One over a mile and a half at York on August 22 as the next target for the half-sister to Dubawi.

Emirates Queen had just one win in a maiden to her credit in six previous starts before she came good in some style at the Merseyside track, although she had shaped encouragingly when sixth to Dalkala in the Middleton Stakes at York on her seasonal debut.

"It was very good and we're very pleased with her," said the Newmarket handler.

"She's come out of the race well and it's the Yorkshire Oaks next."

Oklahoma City could make a swift reappearance next week after running out an easy winner at Naas last night.

The Aidan O'Brien-trained colt blazed a trail in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF (C & G) Maiden, coming home a 13-length winner under the handler's son, Joseph.

"The visor must have woken him up and obviously he came forward well from his first run," said the trainer.

"We'll probably look to step him up in grade now. We could look for a Listed race or the Group Three Anglesey Stakes at the Curragh (July 20) could be a possibility as well."


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