Who Dares Wins set for drop in distance at Goodwood

Thu 27 Jul 2017

Alan King is optimistic smart dual purpose performer Who Dares Wins will be equally as effective when taking a drop back in trip at the Qatar Goodwood Festival. 

Having finished third in the Ascot Stakes on his most recent start, the five-year-old, who filled the same position on his last jumps outing in the Coral Cup at Cheltenham, will revert back to a mile and three-quarters a week on Saturday for the Qatar Summer Handicap. 

King said of his Chester Cup fourth: "Who Dares Wins has been fine and the plan is to go to Goodwood for the mile-and-six handicap a week on Saturday."

He went on: "He has been to Cheltenham, Chester and Ascot this year. He is a great horse and I was delighted with his run at Ascot. Hopefully he should be fine coming back in trip.

"There is a possibility he could be a Cesarewitch horse and he has an Ebor entry, so he has got all these options, but he goes to Goodwood first."

Who Dares Wins is likely to be joined at the Sussex track by stablemate Oceane, who finished behind Who Dares Wins at Ascot.

The Barbury Castle Stables handler preparing him for a second tilt at the Matchbook Betting Exchange Goodwood Handicap Stakes.

King added: "Oceane will go back for the two-mile-five handicap on Wednesday. He was entered up last week, but the ground was too soft for him. He is very much a good ground horse. He was third in the race last year so hopefully he can go well in it again."

One horse that will not be seen out for a while is Ascot Stakes fourth Rainbow Dreamer, with his plans put on hold until later in the campaign. 

King said: "Rainbow Dreamer is having a break as he was quite jarred up after Ascot. He will be back in the autumn.

"We have got to get him back sound first, so there are no plans for him at this stage."

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