Sunday 19 November 2017

Cox hopes My Dream Boat can make return trip to top level

Trainer Clive Cox
Trainer Clive Cox

Graham Clark

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 today.

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."

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 which 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."

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: "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.

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.

He said: "He ran in France and got a stress fracture to his shin. It took a long time to heal. He has come back fine and is very good order."

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