Dan's Dream stakes Classic claim with Darling win

Sat 21 Apr 2018

Watch a full replay of the Dubai Duty Free Stakes won by Dan's Dream at Newbury on Saturday and Tom Stanley's interview with winning trainer Mick Channon.

Dan's Dream came with a strong run on the stands side to land the Dubai Duty Free Stakes at Newbury and put herself in contention for a crack at the Qipco 1000 Guineas.

The Mick Channon-trained filly was fit from a victory at Bath three weeks ago and showed she had improved plenty for that outing by springing a surprise in this Group Three contest over seven furlongs, registered as the Fred Darling Stakes.

Heart Power set a decent pace until being swallowed up once the race for the line began in earnest.

Dan's Dream (10-1) was the last to pounce in the hands of Silvestre de Sousa and quickened up nicely to win by a length and a quarter from Tajaanus with Dance Diva a short head away in third.

Alhough Dan's Dream is not entered in the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket, Channon hopes the owners will agree to stump the cash at the supplementary stage.

Channon said: "We've thought a lot of her for a long time and we know she's got the class to go back to six furlongs or step up to a mile.

"But it's up to the owners where we go and I hope it's to the Guineas. She's a smashing filly and that race has been a long ambition. We haven't had much luck in it though.

"Today the plan was to ride her like a good horse and with this filly there could be no excuses. Silvestre said she picked up well and could go either direction distance wise."

Dan's Dream was given a first show of 16-1 for the 1000 Guineas with Paddy Power, although De Sousa was not totally convinced the daughter of Dubai Duty Free winner Cityscape would handle the step up in distance in two weeks.

"She is a nice filly, has a lot of talent, and came in to this race fit," he said.

"She has a lot of speed, so that might be the question mark. I'll leave it to Mick to see where she goes next.

"She won over five furlongs and went from five to seven."

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