Danzeno: tested at the top level all seasonPICTURE: John Grossick (racingpost.com/photos)
Danzeno takes detour to British Champions Day
DEFEAT has not diluted confidence in Danzeno for his trainer Mick Appleby who, if anything, is sure his sprint star is merely biding time until reaching maturity.
The four-year-old has been beaten in his last six starts but has attempted to scale some daunting peaks this year including the Temple Stakes (fourth), July Cup (fifth) and Sprint Cup (sixth).
A drop in class at Musselburgh on Sunday is next on the route map before another march on the Group 1 summit on Qipco Champions Day at Ascot next month.
Appleby said: "Last year Danzeno burst on to the scene with a win in the Group 3 Chipchase Stakes at Newcastle and he finished off with a head second in the Group 3 Bengough Stakes. This year he was fourth in the Temple, third in the Chipchase when he was rather unlucky as he stumbled at a key time.
"His best run was fifth in the July Cup, when Frankie rode him for the first time. He stuck by him in the Haydock Sprint Cup last time but the ground was against him there. It was dead ground, very sticky and he couldn't pick his feet up. He travelled beautifully to the two marker but then he couldn't handle it."
Appleby, who trains Danzeno in Nottinghamshire, added: "We are looking to a conditions race at Musselburgh next Sunday to give him a confidence-booster and then we will head to the British Champions Sprint at Ascot next month.
"He's improving all the time and I don't think sprinters get to their best until they are five or six, so I'm very optimistic about his prospects for next season."
Read more on Appleby's all-star squad in this week's Racing & Football Outlook - available from Tuesday