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Dundonnell to take his chance at Santa Anita

October 25, 2012 06:56:18 PM

Roger Charlton has confirmed that his smart youngster Dundonnell will take his chance at Santa Anita on November 3 and bid to provide Britain with success in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf and keep punters around the continent happy (check out the latest Swedish betting odds).

One of six British and Irish entries still potentially set to take their chance in the mile contest at the California circuit, Dundonnell had been expected to bid for the Group 1 Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket recently but was ruled out of the event won in impressive fashion by Dawn Approach on account of the unsuitably testing ground. The same reason has been cited for the son of First Defence missing the Group 1 Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster.

Charlton explained that his charge must have decent ground in order to be seen at his best, something denied him in Britain since his most recent outing when he pushed the very smart Toronado all the way in the Group 2 One Call Insurance Champagne Stakes over seven furlongs at Doncaster’s St Leger meeting,eventually going under by just half-a-length to Richard Hannon’s unbeaten colt, a leading ante-post candidate for next year’s 2000 Guineas.

Prior to his Doncaster defeat the US bred two-year-old had followed his debut third at Newmarket on soft ground in July with a very impressive 12-length win in a mile maiden at Lingfield on turf, before stepping up in class to run at York’s showcase Ebor fixture, staying on too strongly in the closing stages to defeat the usefulSteeler by three-quarters-of-a-length in the Group 3 Acomb Stakes.

The Mark Johnston-trained Steeler subsequently went on to frank that form by winning in listed company at Goodwood next time out then followed up in the Group 2 Juddmonte Royal Lodge  Stakes at Newmarket at the end of September.

Charlton believes that the combination of almost guaranteed fast ground at Santa Anita and the sharp track which sees two turns during the mile contest, is tailor-made for his colt who is bred to go well on the surface and has clearly shown a preference for hearing his hooves rattle. As long as his season hasn’t caught up with him there is every reason to believe that Dundonnell will give a very good account of himself in a race won three times in the last four years by European raiders, two of whom were trained by John Gosden, who could be represented this time around by Snow King, winner of his only outing in an Ascot maiden.

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