Dan­dalla ‘one to beat’ at New­mar­ket

Evening Times - - RACING -

KARL Burke be­lieves Dan­dalla is the one to beat in the Duchess of Cam­bridge Stakes at New­mar­ket on Fri­day.

An im­pres­sive win­ner of the Al­bany Stakes at Royal As­cot, she is aim­ing to com­plete a dou­ble last achieved by Richard Han­non’s Il­lu­mi­nate in 2015.

The Dandy Man filly was a two-length win­ner at New­cas­tle on the sec­ond day of racing’s re­sump­tion and then bolted up by six lengths at As­cot.

Burke was able to breath a sigh of re­lief at be­ing back among the win­ners this week af­ter a frus­trat­ing run of placed horses.

“We’d had a run of sec­onds in the last two weeks, then we got a win­ner on Tues­day and an­other on Wed­nes­day and that gives us a bit of con­fi­dence,” said Burke. “Dan­dalla is in great form, I’m very happy with her. It’s an in­ter­est­ing race, there are two or three nice fil­lies in there, but if she runs like she did at As­cot, she’s the one to beat.

“She’s drawn one, but she was 14 of 14 in the Al­bany. It will be a good horse race and we go there with a great chance.”

Her main mar­ket ri­val is Ralph Beck­ett’s Time Scale, who did not run at As­cot. Fan­cied for her de­but at New­mar­ket, she was slowly away and never re­cov­ered, but then won eas­ily at Chepstow and landed a Listed race in fine style last time out.

Beck­ett said: “Time Scale bounced out of the Em­press in good shape. She’s in good form at home and we’re very happy with her.”

Burke, left, with Dan­dalla

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