No going concerns for well-backed Dandy Boy
Tuesday 10 July 2012
By Geoffrey Riddle
David Marnane believes that Dandy Boy will have few problems handling the going at Newmarket as the lightly-raced six-year-old makes the step up from handicap company to the Group One July Cup on Saturday.
Dandy Boy won the Wokingham Stakes at Royal Ascot last month at 33-1 on his 21st career start.
It was only the third occasion Dandy Boy had been tried over six furlongs and after the horse was supplemented at a cost of £30,000 on Monday Marnane is excited about running his charge at the highest level, despite the recent rain.
“He has won on soft before,” Marnane told Racinguk.com. “He won his maiden at Fairyhouse by four lengths, and he was placed in a Group 3 over seven furlongs on good to yielding at the Curragh so he should handle it on Saturday.”
Prior to Ascot, Dandy Boy’s previous run over six furlongs was when he was tenth to Duff at Dundalk just under a year ago.
“He was far too free then,” Marnane added. “He is a free-going sort but when things drop right for him he is very good. He has travelled well in his races recently but just didn’t get the trip so it was worth trying him over shorter.”
Dandy Boy won the Wokingham in time faster than that of Black Caviar in the Golden Jubilee Stakes on the same card. No winner of the Wokingham Stakes, however, has progressed to success at the highest level in the past decade but the Irish raider, who travels to England tomorrow, was backed yesterday to end that hiatus.
Dandy Boy is a best-priced 14-1 with Ladbrokes and Blue Square, but as short as 12-1 after being 20-1 in the morning.