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Dutch has special Goodwood Connection


Reunited with decent ground and his beloved Goodwood, Godolphin’s Dutch Connection bounced back to winning ways in last month’s Group 3 Supreme Stakes for trainer Charlie Hills. Almost exactly 13 months after his previous victory, in the Group 2 Lennox Stakes over the same course and distance and having been denied a chance to defend that crown due to soft ground, the 5yo son of Dutch Art won easily under Jim Crowley. “He needs quick ground and it’s been a bad summer for that with all the rain,” said Hills.

“He likes it here too, it’s the third time he’s won here now. “September can be a good month for fast ground so I think we will try and find something suitable if the ground is quick.” “Jim Crowley gave him a good ride there. He can travel better in a race but was entitled to win that. “Dutch Connection ran in the Breeders’ Cup last year but he’s run two races out there now and the tracks don’t suit him,” said Hills. “I might have a look at Australia.” On the same card, William Haggas trained his 100th winner of 2017 when Sheikh Ahmed’s Novoman landed a £50,000 1m2f handicap under apprentice Georgia Cox.

“He’s always so keen over shorter it was a hard decision to step him up in trip,” said Cox. “He’s bred for 5f. He’s still very keen but cruises very nicely and just keeps going. He’s such a good specimen to look at but he’s by Sir Prancealot out of a 5f sprinter so is bred for speed. It’s not nice early on but he seems to stretch away.”

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15 Feb 2018
Issue Number: Issue 636
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