Dandy has Ascot date

Champions Day bid likely for Irish star

Last Updated: 10/09/12 10:48am

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David Marnane was thrilled to see Dandy Boy prove himself a top-class sprinter with an excellent effort in the Betfred Sprint Cup at Haydock.

The six-year-old was an impressive winner of the Wokingham Stakes at Royal Ascot and connections did not learn much from his Group One debut in the July Cup, as he toiled in the testing conditions at Newmarket.

He found things happening too quickly for him dropped back to five furlongs for the Nunthorpe Stakes at York, but back up in distance and on a quick surface, Dandy Boy showed his true colours on Merseyside as he finished strongly to claim fourth spot.

Marnane feels the result may have been even better had there been a stronger pace from the outset and the Qipco British Champions Sprint Stakes at Ascot is next on his agenda.

"Unfortunately the race wasn't run to suit him as they went no gallop, but on the positive side, we went there to find out if he was a Group One horse and I think he showed he is," said Marnane.

"He's a horse who covers a lot of ground and he's not one that is going to pick up very quickly. He was still on the bridle with a couple of furlongs to run and that's not a good sign for him.

"He came home well and quick ground and six furlongs is what he wants, he just could have done with a stronger gallop, but it'll happen for him one day.

"He's come out of the race particularly fresh and well because he didn't really have a hard race.

"The aim would be to run him back in Ascot on Champions Day (October 20) if the ground is OK. He's won in Ascot twice before and we know he likes the place, so that's the obvious target for him if conditions are right.

"After that I would love to take him to Hong Kong in December if he gets invited, as I think the place would really suit him."

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