Dan's Dream best-priced 20-1 for 1,000 Guineas after Fred Darling success
Mick Channon is on fire. The Berkshire-based trainer has started the turf Flat season in blistering form and Dan's Dream, a recent novice winner, provided him with his sixth victory from his last eight runners in the Group 3 Dubai Duty Free Stakes.
Given a hold-up ride by Silvestre de Sousa, the three-year-old filly was brought to challenge down the stands' rail and she quickened up well to pass Tajaanus, Dance Diva and the well-supported Hikmaa, who were all dueling for the lead, to run out a comfortable length-and-a-quarter winner.
Run in by far the quickest time of the day so far at just 4.09sec above standard, Dan's Dream took a huge step forward from her Bath success at the end of last month when ridden by Franny Norton on a day he went through the card, and seems an improving sort.
The daughter of Cityscape, who needs to be supplemented for a price of £30,000 to run in the Qipco 1,000 Guineas, was given an introductory quote of 16-1 by Paddy Power for the Newmarket Classic on May 6. Ladbrokes go 20-1 for the first fillies' Classic of the season.
Channon last won the Dubai Duty Free, which is registered as the Fred Darling Stakes, in 2009 with the Darryll Holland-ridden Lahaleeb.
He said: "We've thought a lot of her for a long time and we know she's got the class to go back to six furlongs or up to a mile.
"It's up to the owners where we go and I hope it's to the Guineas."
Richard Hannon, trainer of runner-up Tajaanus, said: "She's a very tough filly but will have needed the run. I'm not sure it's the strongest 1,000 Guineas this year so this might be a year to have a go. She was doing her best work at the end."
Chris Richardson, managing director of Cheveley Park Stud, owners of third-placed Dance Diva, said: "She ran a blinder first time out. She worked with Maybride the other day and Maybride won, so we came here thinking she was may be out of her depth.
"She'll come on for the run. I think she'll stick at seven furlongs. She can always go to Royal Ascot."
The weak 7-4 favourite Gavota travelled nicely on her seasonal reappearance under Ryan Moore, but failed to pick up on the far side when asked and was well beaten.
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