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Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Bronterre likely to wait for Dewhurst

Richard Hannon has revealed that Bronterre, who had been pencilled in for the £500,000 Tattersalls Million at Newmarket on Saturday, was likely to wait for the Dewhurst Stakes at Ascot on Champions Day (Oct 15). Bronterre, who has won both his races in impressive fashion and gained many friends when sluicing home in Listed company at Goodwood earlier this month, looked in terrific fettle as he breezed up the all-weather on Tuesday morning with Kieren O'Neill aboard.
The boss said:"I told Michael Pescod, Bronterre's owner, that he had to choose between the money and the glory - and it looks like he is going to go for the glory!

"Bronterre would be high up in the pecking order of our two-year-olds, and he deserves a crack at the Dewhurst. I expect Aidan O'Brien will send a few over for that race, but we have been very happy with our fellow since Goodwood and, while it will be a big jump up in class, he has earned his promotion.

"We have had another great season and are close on £3m in prize money, with 96 two-year-old winners alone, but there is still a lot of cash on the table through October, and, while it would mean a lot to retain the trainer's title, we know that we have work to do yet and winning either of the Sales races this week-end or the Dewhurst or Middle Park would certainly help our cause."

Julie Wood was on the gallops both at Herridge and Everleigh on Tuesday to watch her horses work, with Richard Hughes climbing aboard Blonde, whose debut could be imminent.

Strong Suit has been sold and several others of Julie's will be going to the Horses-in-Training Sale, but she will be at Tattersalls Newmarket Yearling Sale next month looking for fresh ammunition for next year, and she also has hopes that Blonde might prove useful.

She said:"Blonde is a Pivotal filly who could be out at Newbury's final meeting. She is big with plenty of scope so we have given her plenty of time, and the two Richards (Hannon and Hughes) have been very pleased with the way she has been shaping."

Meanwhile, the boss confirmed that both Dick Turpin and Dubawi Gold are likely to take on Frankel in the Champion Stakes at Ascot a fortnight on Saturday.