Clive Cox maps out My Dream Boat campaign
Monday 20 March 2017
My Dream Boat, who beat subsequent Arc winner Found by a neck in last year's Prince of Wales's Stakes, is scheduled to begin his European turf season as he did last year with a run in Sandown's Gordon Richards Stakes on April 28.
Ambitious plans are already afoot to send him to Chantilly in the autumn for an attempt at the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, also.
The five-year-old entire beat Western Hymn by a length and a quarter when kicking off his 2016 season in the Sandown Group Three last year, and trainer Clive Cox said the plan is very much to head back to the Esher course for the son of Lord Shanakill's 2017 debut.
My Dream Boat's trainer Clive Cox told Racing UK on Monday: "That's our intended target to get going with him, and we are very keen after the way he finished off his races so well in both the Irish Champion Stakes and the one in England that we can explore the possibility of going a little bit further [in trip] with him as well, which is very exciting."
Asked if future plans could include a tilt at the Arc, Cox confirmed: "There are a few steps to take in the middle first but that would be our plan."
My Dream Boat won his Ascot engagement at odds of 16-1 with Adam Kirby on board and continued to be campaigned at the highest level but finished just out of the places in three subsequent Group One bids.
He is one of several horses at Cox's Lambourn base who the trainer says have wintered "really well", and he nominated Profitable and Harry Angel as two others to have come through the off-season in good shape.
Cox added: "We're also pleased to have a nice strong team of two-year-olds who are gradually doing more all the time, and some nicely bred ones, and we're pleased where we're at. It's exciting, as strong a team as we've ever had."
Profitable, whose 2016 also peaked at Royal Ascot when winning the King's Stand Stakes, will run in the Godolphin colours this year.
Cox said of the five-year-old son of Invincible Spirit: "He's done really well, and we're thrilled to have him still in training. He was amazing at the start of last year and obviously he didn't win after Ascot which means he doesn't have a penalty to start this year on so I'm looking forward to getting him cracking."