Coach Karl Burke will send Dandalla to France after completing his hat-trick in Newmarket


The Prix Morny in Deauville is the next on the agenda for Dandalla after his tenacious victory at Newmarket last week.

Tuesday July 14, 2020, 6:00 a.m.

Dandalla and Ben Curtis (left) win the Duchess of Cambridge Stakes from Fev Rover (3) and Santosha (far) during the second day of the Moet and Chandon July Festival at Newmarket Racecourse. Photo PA. Date of issue: Friday July 10, 2020. See the story of PA RACING Newmarket. Photo credit should read: Edward Whitaker / PA Wire

The first winner of Karl Burke in Newcastle dazzled her rivals when she went up to class for the Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot and was the hot favorite to finish her hat trick in the group two duchess of Cambridge Stakes on the course of July.

Although not as visually impressive as during her previous outing, Dandalla showed a willing attitude to see Filly Rover, a filly belonging to Nick Bradley Racing, by a head, Burke then revealing that his racer had increased his temperature a week before the race.

“It has to be right up there with the best results we’ve had,” said Bradley.

Dandalla and jockey Ben Curtis after winning the Duchess of Cambridge Stakes during day two of the Moet and Chandon July Festival at Newmarket Racecourse. Photo PA. Date of issue: Friday July 10, 2020. See the story of PA RACING Newmarket. Photo credit should read: George Selwyn / PA Wire

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“Dandalla lost a little more weight than after the race at Royal Ascot. Ascot was a walk for her and it was not the other day, but we explain to her that she was not quite right beforehand.

“Since the race, a few people have said that she would have been beaten in a few other strides, but I don’t agree – I felt she was still doing just enough to keep Fev Rover at bay.

“We are not in a hurry with her now, we will give her a little time and aim for the Prix Morny in mid-August. “

Dandalla, which is partly owned by Leyburn’s wife Elaine, has sparked a lot of interest, but Bradley says all offers have been turned down.

Bradley said Fev Rover, trained by Richard Fahey at Malton, had been previously advised by the coach and that he could now race in the Princess Margaret at Ascot on July 26.

A trip to York for the Nunthorpe is the next major target for the Skeptic after another excellent defeat streak in Saturday’s Darley July Cup.

Denis Hogan, four, second in Oxted trained by Roger Teal at the head office.

Hogan reports that his stable star has not returned to Ireland and that he will now be ready for a third tilt to the glory of group one in the feature film sponsored by Coolmore on August 21.

“He was back home yesterday (Sunday) and he seems to be coming out of the race well. He was a little tired from all the trips, but he’s good and healthy, which is the main thing, “said the Tipperary-based coach.

“He had a very good race. It probably didn’t work out as we hoped because we thought if something was going to beat us, it would be the Golden Horde, but these are sprints for you.

“You should be delighted with him. We weren’t expecting to go that far and there are small margins in these high level sprints, but hopefully it will take its turn somewhere along the line. “

He added: “For the moment, the plan is to go for the Nunthorpe. Frankie felt that going back to five (stadiums) would be fine, which obviously means that we will have to face Battaash, but we will probably try.

“There is a group three at the Curragh on August 9 – the Phoenix Sprint Stakes. We’ll just see how it goes over the next few days and then decide whether to drive it there first or go straight to York.

“After the Nunthorpe, you picked up the Flying Five at the Curragh (September 13) and Frankie mentioned the Prix de l’Abbaye at ParisLongchamp, but the obvious concern with this race would be that the terrain could be quite soft.

“There are a lot of options and it’s just a matter of choosing the right races for him. “

Another quality sprinter housed in Hogan’s backyard is Make A Challenge, which won its third Listed level victory in the Midsummer Sprint Stakes at Curragh on Friday evening.

The Invincible Spirit gelding could make a quick reappearance for the Curragh Group Sapphire Stakes on Sunday and Hogan does not rule out the possibility that he will face Skeptical before the end of the season.

“I was very pleased with him – he resisted well,” said Hogan.

“We are thinking of completing him for the Sapphire Stakes this weekend because he likes Curragh and seems in good shape.

“I guess the two could cross paths at one point or another, but it’s a nice problem to have – if Make A Challenge can win its group race, we’ll leave them there one day. “

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