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  • 15:20 Toronado Carnarvon Stakes 6f 8y

  • (Listed) £70,000 added 3yo 10 ran
  • Winner £39,697 2nd £15,050 3rd £7,532 4th £3,752
  • Going: Good (Good to Soft in places)
  • Surface: Turf
    Result
  • Winning time: 1m 12.20s
  • Off time: 15:20:34

Dream Dubai set for Toronado Carnarvon Stakes

Last Updated: 13/05/16 2:17pm

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Log Out Island is one of two runners for Richard Hannon

Log Out Island is one of two runners for Richard Hannon

View from connections ahead of the Listed Toronado Carnarvon Stakes at Newbury on Saturday.

Sylvester Kirk is optimistic Dream Dubai can play a starring role in the Listed Toronado Carnarvon Stakes at Newbury on Saturday - provided he runs up to the form of his most recent effort.

Unraced as a juvenile, the son of Kyllachy wasted no time in getting off the mark on his debut on the all-weather Lingfield last month before finding only Gifted Master too good when upped to Group Three company at Ascot.

With three-times champion jockey Ryan Moore back in the saddle, Kirk, who is also represented by Dream Destination, feels he has a potentially smart sprinter on his hands.

He said: "Dream Dubai's last race was a big step up from his all-weather maiden at Lingfield. This is an ideal race for him and he seems in good form.

"He is a nice horse with a great temperament and he is very straightforward. We might be able to step him up to seven furlongs at some point but we will stick at six for now.

"The ground is still on the slow side but I think he will cope with it and I don't think it will be an issue.

"If he just runs up to his previous form he will be up there. It is a big test but hopefully he has come on a bit again. He is going to be a nice sprinter."

"Dream Destination is a nice horse and had some good form last year. He was unlucky not to win a Group Three at Kempton.

"He has taken a little bit longer to get ready but he has done lots of work with the other chap (Dream Dubai) but he probably just needs it (the run)."

Richard Hannon is also double-handed with King Of Rooks and Log Out Island, both winners at Listed level during busy two-year-old campaigns.

Hannon said: "King Of Rooks has had a nice break since his last run. He has pleased us and appears to have done well.

"He has not been quite as keen as he was last year and hopefully he will run well first time out.

"We are coming back in trip with Log Out Island after he failed to see out seven furlongs in the Greenham at Chelmsford, and that should suit him.

"Hopefully he will behave better than he did that day as he gave himself no chance as he was pulling too hard going down to the start.

"They've both got to run very well if we are then going to look at the Commonwealth Cup."

Dhahmaan tasted defeat on his return at Ascot, where he finished behind Dream Dubai, but trainer Marco Botti is optimistic he will be more effective returning to a slower surface - despite carrying a 3lb penalty.

He said: "I was happy with his run at Ascot and he is entitled to come on for it. He has done well since and looks much fitter and has probably tightened up since.

"He does not mind the ground being on the soft side as we always said that he ideally wants a little bit more give in the ground.

"It is never a good thing giving 3lb away but it is probably not a disadvantage with sprinters as they can get away with it."

Connections of the Roger Varian-trained Taneen expect him to be in need of the run on the colt's first start since breaking his maiden tag at Newmarket last August.

Angus Gold, racing manager to owner Hamdan Al Maktoum, said: "He looked like a nice horse last year. We were hoping to run in the Middle Park but he scoped dirty so we had him put away.

"He has been working OK but I don't think it is any more than that.

"He needs a run badly and whether that soft ground will suit I am not sure. He has been off a long time and we are just glad to get him back on track."

Dean Ivory fears problems with pollen levels at his yard may compromise the chances of Twin Sails being able to perform to the best of his ability.

He said: "The horses have not been running 100 per cent because of the pollen that is around.

"I think he underperformed on his last run at Ascot and I was a little bit disappointed but we are on a learning curve with the horse.

"Ideally, he wants good ground. I'm not too worried about the soft we just don't want it tacky as he run there in the Washington Singer Stakes on that last year."

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