Dance can party at New­mar­ket

Warwickshire Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE -

SIR DANCEALOT is well worth an in­ter­est in the Tat­ter­salls Stakes at New­mar­ket.

Trained by David Elsworth, whose horses have been in good or­der this month, the young colt must ad­mit­tedly take a size­able step for­ward on pre­vi­ous runs.

But Elsworth thinks the world of this one, hav­ing al­ready iden­ti­fied po­ten­tial Group One tar­gets as he con­tin­ues to strengthen and de­velop.

In the mean­time, a shot at this Group Three over seven fur­longs looks rea­son­ably within his reach.

The two-year-old son of Sir Prancealot, whose prog­eny have ex­celled this sea­son, made a quiet de­but at Wind­sor in July, but he has since thrived on the Kemp­ton all­weather.

A six-length maiden suc­cess gave a re­veal­ing in­sight into his qual­ity, after which he claimed a hot con­di­tions event by a length and a half from the well-re­garded War Of Suc­ces­sion.

Sir Dancealot is quite an im­pos­ing thor­ough­bred but has demon­strated traits of head-strong naivety and green­ness in his ca­reer so far.

With that very much in mind, there could be much more to come once if he has a sounder grasp of what is ex­pected of him at Head­quar­ters.

Fly At Dawn fin­ished third be­hind Sir Dancealot in that Kemp­ton race two and a half weeks ago and can give the form a mighty shot in the arm by win­ning the Turf­trax Nurs­ery Hand­i­cap ear­lier on the card.

Godol­phin’s colt was al­ways up against it with an 8lb penalty yet he still turned in an en­cour­ag­ing per­for­mance as he was beaten un­der two lengths.

What was per­haps no­tice­able that day was the way he kept at it over seven fur­longs, which tends to sug­gest this step up to a mile will be just the ticket.

A win­ner of his first two races, Fly At Dawn has a good op­por­tu­nity to kick on again for the Char­lie Ap­pleby team.

It will be good to see sta­ble­mate Sir Fever make his Bri­tish de­but in the Listed Jockey Club Rose Bowl over two miles.

A rather spec­tac­u­lar per­former in his na­tive Uruguay, it is in­ter­est­ing Ap­pleby gives him the chance to shine within the stay­ing ranks.

He is, though, a less com­pelling bet­ting propo­si­tion as Sir Fever must surely have it all to prove on his first start for over 540 days.

To that end, it should be more ben­e­fi­cial to side with Fun Mac, who tends to come alive at this time of the year and fin­ished a fine third in the Prix du Cad­ran on Arc week­end 12 months ago.

Hav­ing re­turned to win­ning form at Yar­mouth a fort­night ago, trainer Hughie Mor­ri­son is clearly keen not to miss the boat while the five-yearold ch­est­nut is in such de­cent nick.

Shab­bah’s progress has rather stalled after he knocked off three wins on the spin, but the re­turn to a mile and a quar­ter might just do for him in the Si­mon Scrope Dalby Screw-Driver Hand­i­cap at Pon­te­fract.

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