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  • 18:50 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf 1m

  • (Grade 1) $1,000,000 added 2yo 14 ran
  • Winner $638,800 2nd $197,800 3rd $98,899 4th $49,299
  • Going: Firm
  • Surface: Turf
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  • Off time: 18:52:06

Dun camp dreaming

Charlton happy ahead of Juvenile bid

Last Updated: 02/11/12 12:21pm

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Dundonnell: Extremely well

Dundonnell: Extremely well

Roger Charlton reports Dundonnell to have settled into Californian life "extremely well" ahead of his bid for glory in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf at Santa Anita on Saturday.

The American-bred two-year-old built on a promising Newmarket debut with a 12-length triumph at Lingfield, before opening his Pattern-race account with a stylish performance in the Acomb Stakes at York.

He had to make do with the runner-up spot behind the exciting Toronado in the Champagne Stakes at Doncaster in September, but his trainer could not be happier with his charge after seeing him breeze on Thursday morning.

Charlton said: "He's settled into his routine extremely well.

"He's taken to his pony very well and is very relaxed.

"My travelling head lad Steve Raymont says he's got better day by day.

"He does sweat between his legs, but (on Thursday) that was less pronounced than it has been and he didn't turn a hair."

Dundonnell carries the colours of Prince Khalid Abdullah, whose racing manager, Teddy Grimthorpe, said; "He loves fast ground and the ground will suit him.

"This has always looked a very nice, late-season opportunity for him.

"It's pleasing he's eaten up and settled into Californian life pretty well.

"He has solid formlines to bring to the table as York has worked out well, while at Doncaster things didn't go his way."

Ballydoyle handler Aidan O'Brien is double-handed with the Ryan Moore-ridden George Vancouver joined by apparent second string Lines Of Battle, the mount of Richard Hughes.

O'Brien said: "At home Lines Of Battle might just edge out George Vancouver over seven furlongs, but George is a (son of) Henrythenavigator and his dad couldn't walk on soft ground.

"Ryan Moore has ridden both colts and is of the view that a mile round here would be good for George.

"Lines Of Battle is a big, straightforward horse that wants fast ground as well.

"Richard Hughes will have to go forward on Lines Of Battle, while Ryan will maybe bide his time on the other horse."

Jeremy Noseda is no stranger to success at this fixture, having saddled Wilko to win the Juvenile race on dirt in 2004.

This year he is keen on the chances of Fantastic Moon, who won his first two starts before finishing an unlucky fifth in the Royal Lodge Stakes at Newmarket.

Noseda said: "He had an awful run in the Royal Lodge, he basically got impeded three times and the thing that pleased me was that at the right end of the race, he put his head down and did an awful lot of running in the last furlong.

"He showed great determination. I'm confident he's much better than he showed in the Royal Lodge.

"Fast ground suits him well, it was quick the day he won at Sandown.

"I'm going here because this race is a Grade One and it probably won't take a Group One performance as we have in this country to win it.

"If he performs to his best, he'd have a very live chance."

Godolphin's Artigiano finished second in the Royal Lodge and trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni feels he is just learning his trade.

He said: "He's very well and travelled nicely. He's doing well, he's eating and he's happy and in good form.

"This horse took time to learn. He ran in four races and didn't learn much in his first three.

"Then I could see he understands what you want from him and now he is understanding the game."

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