Dubai Duty Free Stakes
(registered As The Fred Darling Stakes)
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Group 3, Newbury 14:35
£60,000 added,
3yo only, 7f, Class 1  
Saturday 21st April 2018

1 Dan's Dream 10/1
2 Tajaanus 9/2
3 Dance Diva 14/1
11 ran Distances: 1¼l, shd, ½l
Time: 1m 27.09s (slow by 4.99s)

Dan's Dream, for the in-form Mick Channon, wins under Silvestre de Sousa

Dan's Dream
 
Mick Channon's horses are running well and, following a close second in the first race, 10/1 chance Dan's Dream, running for a partnership that includes Ian Botham, showed an impressive turn of foot to win in good style.
 
The trainer's first instinct was to advocate a supplementary entry for Dan's Dream, having just her third start, in the first British fillies' Classic, the QIPCO 1000 Guineas at Newmarket on May 6.
 
He said: "We have always thought a lot of Dan's Dream and she's just a smashing filly. She's a little bit of a freak, but I have sent a couple of mares to Cityscape because I thought that this was a very good filly last year.

"We are thrilled - it's all the boys putting a syndicate together and having a bit of fun. I think that she will go to the Guineas, but I have to speak the owners. She's not got an entry, but she will have one in a minute!
 
"The question now is do we go back to six furlongs or do we try a mile in the Guineas. I need to speak to Steven (Smith) of Hunscote Stud (the breeders and part-owner) and the rest of the boys. It is a lovely problem to have - I wish I had a few more problems like that.
 
"She settles so well and I had her a bit fresh today - she is just a smashing filly. I have never been afraid of anybody and I would have a go (at the Guineas), but someone has to come up with £30,000.
 
"I would love to have a go at the Guineas - everything has gone wrong in the race in the past but this filly would not mind the ground - it could be firm or soft - there would be no excuses. Whether she will get the trip is the question, but if you don't try, you won't find out.
 
"Silvestre said she has bags of speed and you could go back to six or try a mile. He could not say, but he reported she picked up lovely. The plan was to ride her like a good thing today. I know it sounds flash - give her a chance and ride a race on her. 
 
"Last time she jumped out, sat up the front and bolted up - she has had no experience. She needed the race today. The ownership was put together for charity."
 
Silvestre De Sousa declared: "Dan's Dream won over five and a half furlongs (at Bath on March 30) and was going up to seven so we discussed the tactics earlier - the key was riding her from the back and seeing how she got home. 
 
"She is a nice filly and I think she will go on any ground. The going today certainly didn't stop her."

Dan's Dream won by a length and quarter from the Hamdan Al Maktoum-owned Tajaanus (Richard Hannon/Jim Crowley, 9/2), with Dance Diva (Richard Fahey/Tony Hamilton, 14/1) a short-head back in third. The winning time came to 1m 27.09s.
 
Gavota (Roger Charlton/Ryan Moore) started the 7/4 favourite but disappointed in ninth of the 11 runners.

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Dubai Duty Free Stakes
£60,000 added, 3yo only, 7f, Class 1
11 ran
Going: Good to Soft, Soft in places

Pos Dr D Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st (8) Dan's Dream 10/1 S De Sousa
9-0
M R Channon 3
2nd (9) Tajaanus (IRE) 9/2 Jim Crowley
9-0
R Hannon 3
3rd (2) s.h Dance Diva 14/1 T Hamilton
9-0
R A Fahey 3
4th (11) ½ Hikmaa (IRE) 9/2 L Dettori
9-0
E F Vaughan 3
5th (10) All Out 20/1 Tom Marquand
9-0
R Hannon 3
6th (7) Peggy's Angel 100/1 L P Keniry
9-0
J Hughes 3
7th (6) Natural (IRE) 12/1 Oisin Murphy
9-0
R Hannon 3
8th (3) ½ Fille De Reve 16/1 P Cosgrave
9-0
Ed Walker 3
9th (1) Gavota 7/4f R L Moore
9-0
R Charlton 3
10th (4) Daddies Girl (IRE) 16/1 Andrea Atzeni
9-0
B R Millman 3
11th (5) Heart Power 25/1 James Doyle
9-0
I Mohammed 3

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