My Dream Boat was a shock 16-1 Group 1 winner at Royal Ascot
PICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)
By Jon Lees 8:08AM 28 JUN 2016
MY DREAM BOAT, surprise winner of the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot, is set to have ground to suit again as he bids for a double completed only once in the last ten years in Saturday’s Coral-Eclipse at Sandown.
The four-year-old has already enjoyed success at Sandown this year, getting the better of course specialist Western Hymn in the Group 3 Gordon Richards Stakes in April.
After finding Japenese raider A Shin Hikari too good in the Prix d’Ispahan at Chantilly in his next start, My Dream Boat turned the tables at Ascot, holding on by a neck from Found to land a memorable victory.
Trainer Clive Cox said: “Obviously he’s going to be a lot more interesting to people after what he’s done at Ascot but I can understand that, and it’s just wonderful to have a horse who’s just won a Group 1 race coming here with conditions very much in his favour in our opinion.
“It’s a nice position to be in. If it was a week later I’d be even happier but I’m very pleased with the signals he’s giving me.
“He’s at home with ease in the ground, there’s no doubt about it, but what he also has is an air of quality – he’s confirmed that he can change gear on that ground.
“He’s not just a mudlark but he’s more effective with ease in the ground than on too firm a surface.”
Rain expected on Tuesday
Heavy rain left parts of the course under standing water last week and a largely dry weekend is set to give way to further wet weather this week, according to clerk of the course Andrew Cooper.
“It’s improved from where it was going into the weekend,” he said on Monday.
“We’re not expecting to see anything in the way of rain until Tuesday afternoon but between Tuesday and Thursday looks unsettled with at least two or three frontal systems coming in from the Atlantic.
“In total we’re told by the Met Office to think in terms of 10-20mm of rain through the period, all of which would consolidate things as soft.”