Newbury preview: Horris Hill success the Dream for Johnston colt

Fri 27 Oct 2017

By staff

Dream Today bids to sign off his juvenile campaign on a high with a Group-race success in the Bathwick Tyres Stakes at Newbury.

The Mark Johnston-trained colt showed he was up to Group Three level when finishing second to Ghaiyyath in the Autumn Stakes at Newmarket two weeks ago.

That sound effort made amends for a disappointing display in the Champagne Stakes at Doncaster and connections are optimistic of a good show in what looks a competitive renewal of the race registered as the Horris Hill Stakes.

"He was second in the Autumn Stakes behind a good horse of Godolphin's and that was a good run," said Johnston's son and assistant, Charlie.

"He was just a bit disappointing the time before in the Champagne Stakes at Doncaster, but his last run showed he is a genuine Group horse

"It would be nice now to get a Group win next to his name before the end of the season. We are quite looking forward to heading there."

Godolphin are represented by Mythical Magic, who was two places and eight lengths ahead of Dream Today when third in the Doncaster Group Two last month.

After that, the Charlie Appleby-trained colt tackled Group One company in the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere at Chantilly, where he was fifth of six to Happily.

The Newmarket trainer is expecting a better run from the son of Iffraaj, who had won his fist two starts in promising style.

"Mythical Magic is in good form. We are putting a line through his run in the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere and he came out of it with no problems," Appleby told


All runners carrying the Number 10 will wear specially designed number cloths

"His work has been good, while the ground won't be a concern and the drop back to seven furlongs should suit."

Nebo has had six races since making a winning debut on his course in May and is stepping up to seven furlongs for the first time.

However, trainer Charlie Hills is happy to give the Kodiac colt another run on the back of his narrow defeat in a three-runner Group Two heat at Maisons-Laffitte two weeks ago.

"He's had a long year, but he seems nice and fresh at home," said Hills. "He's obviously run two good races at Newbury before and the trip is going to be fine for him as well."

David Menuisier is looking forward to saddling Vintager, who was fifth in the Solario Stakes at Sandown after springing a 33-1 surprise on his debut at Newmarket in August.

"Vintager seems to be in good shape and the track at Newbury should suit," said the Pulborough handler. I think that the soft ground should suit as well because he won nicely on similar ground on his debut at Newmarket.

"He was meant to run the other day at Newmarket in the Somerville Stakes but his scope wasn't great, so we decided to give him a bit more time and he seems fine now.

"He was very green when he ran in the Solario Stakes and he switched off a little bit too much at the back. Sandown is not an easy track for two-year-olds and when you win first time out, you need to learn a great deal quickly in order to compete at Group Three level. Despite his greenness, it was still a good run.

"He should be a bit cleverer on his third run and we will see how he gets on - he will either prove me right or prove me wrong!"

To mark the 10th anniversary of Worthington’s Armed Forces Raceday, all runners carrying the Number 10 will wear specially designed number cloths for the seven-race card.

Newbury will once again welcome members of the Armed Forces and Royal British Legion for its final Flat meeting of the season, which also plays host to the launch of the 2017 Poppy Appeal for Berkshire and Vale of White Horse.

There will be a whole variety of military-themed entertainment on offer, along with the ceremonial Poppy presentation which takes place before racing. This year the poppy will be delivered by the Royal British Legion’s Parachute Display Team accompanied by military band, the Waterloo Band and Bugles of the Rifles.

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