Hills likely to let Dutch Connection take shot at Group 1 glory

Dutch Connection - James McDonald wins

Dutch Connection (white cap) won easily at Goodwood

  PICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)  

 By Scott Burton 9:47AM 7 AUG 2016 

THE prospect of Dutch Connection running in the Group 1 LARC Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville on Sunday has increased markedly after trainer Charlie Hills said he is “happy enough” with the drying ground.

Hills had previously expressed some reservations about the going but with the sun having dried out track conditions to an official description of good, the Lennox Stakes winner was flown over on Sunday morning and now looks set to take his chance.

“He has arrived and we are happy enough at this stage,” said Hills. “I am just about to fly out and I’ll have a look at the track when I get there.”

Dutch Connection heads the betting at 9-2 in a field of 15, after the Mick Channon-trained Mobsta was declared a non-runner.

Drop in trip

Dutch Connection was in action at Goodwood just 12 days ago, when he ran out an impressive winner of the Lennox Stakes over Goodwood’s speedy seven furlongs.

Not since his two-year-old maiden days has Dutch Connection raced over a trip shorter than seven furlongs but Hills feels that the unique 6½f distance of the Maurice de Gheest will not pose a problem.

“It looks a good opportunity and he has a good draw in stall one,” the trainer said on Saturday. “He’s got a good cruising speed and plenty of pace, while I can’t see the trip inconveniencing him as you are only talking about 100 yards less.”

More to follow…

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