Clive Cox has said that he hopes My Dream Boat will be able to take the steps required to prove that he is up to running in this year’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.
Plans are still fluid for the five year old after his fourth place finish in the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud. However, Cox, the Lambourn handler, has said that the prestigious mile-and-a-half Group One showpiece is his preferred long term target.
Speaking last week Cox said, “It was a good performance by My Dream Boat on Sunday. He was drawn wide and probably just got hustled back in the pack. He finished off really well and gave the impression he was back to his best as it was a competitive Group One. He has come out of the race well and he has entries that cover both a mile and a quarter and a mile and half. I’m not going to commit where he will go next as the ground will be key. I would love to run him in the Arc and if he takes a couple of positive steps in between now and then, it would be great to give him a chance in that sort of race.”
Cox is also considering a number of options at Group Two level for Grand Koonta who struck on his third attempt in a novice event at Windsor.
He said that the ground was a bit too easy at Newbury for Grand Koonta but that he then “ran a blinder in a very hot maiden at Newmarket.”
“I am hoping he is on an upward curve and he has probably not come on to many people’s radar yet. I would hope he can continue to take the next step forward and we will look at the July Stakes and Richmond Stakes for him.”