Dunkerron looks for redemption at Newmarket
Dunkerron, rated by Alan as “the best two-year-old that I have trained”, attempts to get back on track in the Group 3 Somerville Tattersalls Stakes at Newmarket on Thursday.
Having shown he belongs right up there with the big boys when finishing fourth in the July Stakes at Newmarket – only three lengths behind subsequent G1 winner Advertise – Dunkerron produced an even better effort when runner-up in the Vintage Stakes at Glorious Goodwood.
His only blip on an impressive first season came behind 2000 Guineas favourite Too Darn Hot in the Solario Stakes at Sandown last time, but clearly he did not show his true form on the Esher slopes as he suffered a 16 lengths turnaround with Confiding from their previous meeting at Goodwood.
Alan said:”If Dunkerron comes back to his best he ought to go very close. Sandown was very disappointing, but the following week he was quite sick with a bad scope and a lot of my two-year-olds at that time were not quite right.
“He is back in good form now and breezed well on Tuesday, and he would definitely be the best youngster I have trained so far, which is quite special since he was bred at the Barbury Castle Stud by my good mate Nigel Bunter, who still has the mare.”
A mile and a quarter is as far as two-year-olds go in their first season, and with soft ground prevailing at Goodwood on Wednesday small wonder that the opening maiden on the Sussex course is tagged “for future stayers”,
However, the stamina test ought to suit The Olympian, whose debut at Windsor delighted Alan. He was staying on all the way up the straight over the mile, suggesting that this extra distance will be right up his street.
Soft ground at Goodwood denied Giving Glances her hat-trick at Kempton last month, but the filly returns to the all-weather for the 32Red Handicap at Kempton on Thursday evening. She won on her only try at the polytrack – at Lingfield – so, while she is taking on some seasoned older campaigners, we hope that she’ll again be competitive.