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Sunday, 09 December, 2018

Guest going Stateside with Udontdodou - 'the best horse I've ever trained'

Heading stateside: Richard Guest with stable star Udontdodou
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The Guest family hope to realise a California dream at the start of next month when stable star Udontdodou lines up in a $200,000 conditions race at Santa Anita.

Owned by trainer Richard Guest's wife Alison, the five-year-old son of Fastnet Rock took his record to four wins from five starts at Chelmsford this month with a ready victory over Boom The Groom.

The valuable Santa Anita event over six and a half furlongs on dirt will be Udontdodou’s first Stateside assignment on February 3, with the possibility of contesting more races in the US in the following weeks.

Guest said: “I’ve always thought he’s a very good horse and the best I’ve trained. Nothing I’m seeing is telling me any different to that – he’s just coming to himself really.

“It’s been a long-term idea to head out there as there's plenty of dirt form on his dam’s side. He’s a lovely, powerful horse and the racing out there should suit him.

“There’s massive prize-money on offer in California and a shortage of runners, and although they will be high-quality horses he’ll be taking on he may well earn close to $100,000 if finishing placed in a few races.

“He appears to be an ideal horse to take out there – his temperament is remarkable for a sprinter, and what you need to travel around the world.”

Taking a splash: Udontdodou (left, Dean McKeown) walks through the water with Captain Scooby (E J Hills)

Guest excelled with the subsequently ill-fated Udododontu, who was beaten a neck into second by War Envoy in the Britannia Handicap at Royal Ascot in 2015, before selling him to Godolphin that year and does not rule out similar interest in non-relation Udontdodou.

Guest said: “It’s a business to run at the end of the day, so I wouldn’t be loath to sell him if he runs well out there – that’s what keeps us ticking over. That’s just how it is these days.”

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He appears to be an ideal horse to take out there – his temperament is remarkable for a sprinter and what you need to travel around the world
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