Dods is hoping for rain to aid hat-trick bid

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Michael Dods: “It’s a race we’ve enjoyed success in before”

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 By David Milnes 9:32AM 18 JUL 2016 

MICHAEL DODS has won both previous runnings of the £25,000 feature and is two-handed in a bid to extend his record with Finn Class and Le Chat D’Or.


With further rain forecast, soft-ground lover Finn Class should find the surface to his liking on his first run in the contest, but Le Chat D’Or knows what it is about as he finished sixth in it in 2014.

Dods, fresh from the triumph of Mecca’s Angel in the Group 2 Sapphire Stakes at the Curragh on Saturday, said: “It’s a race we’ve enjoyed success in before and we’re throwing two darts at it this time around. Both of ours need soft ground so the more rain the better.”

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What they say

Jeremy Noseda, trainer of Keystroke
He’s in good order and has had a break since he disappointed in the Lincoln consolation race. We still don’t know why he ran as he did that day but he’s been working nicely and should be competitive.

Karl Burke, trainer of Lord Ben Stack
He’s had some time off with a couple of niggly problems but is fine again now. He has plenty of speed so we’re dropping him back to a mile.

Michael Dods, trainer of Finn Class and Le Chat D’Or
Both like plenty of cut in the ground but the handicapper appears to have Finn Class in his grip. Le Chat D’Or is a very in-and-out performer and he needs a strong pace. He needs to be held up, so he can find trouble in running. He could take a hand on a going day.

Richard Fahey, trainer of Dolphin Vista and Another Touch
If they get more rain it would suit Dolphin Vista but he’s drawn a bit wide, which could be a problem. Hopefully they’ll go a good gallop, which will allow him to sit in early. Another Touch, on the other hand, has a good draw and goes on any ground so we’re hopeful of being involved.

Jim Goldie, trainer of Margaret’s Mission and Nicholas T
Both ran well over course and distance last time but Margaret’s Mission may well have hit the front too soon in her race. She goes there in good shape but if there is more rain she’d be a doubtful runner. Nicholas T didn’t quite get there when third last time and won’t mind the ground.

William Muir, trainer of Mikmak
He must have soft ground and this looks the right race for him, but he has a terrible draw [14] and it’s difficult to know what to expect from there.

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