Michael Dods Stable Tour

    The Darlington handler talks to attheraces.com about his team, which includes a promising batch of young horses and of course the stable's star sprinter Mabs Cross.
  • Monday 04 June 2018
  • Stable Tours

MICHAEL DODS has made a relatively quiet start to the season but he will soon be donning the top hat and tails for Royal Ascot where his flag bearer Mabs Cross will be on duty.

The daughter of Dutch Art displayed her prowess when landing the Group 3 Palace House Stakes over five furlongs at Newmarket in May and could well have produced a career best performance in the Group 2 Sandy Lane Stakes at Haydock later that month when finishing, fourth beaten only three quarters of a length, to Battash with Washington DC and Kachy just nostrils in front of her.

There was a personal best last season numerically when 62 winners were on the board and over half a million pounds in prize money and there is plenty of leeway to be made up by the Denton Hall trainer to match that performance with only six winner so far but it wouldn’t be the greatest surprise to see that achieved as the season unwinds.

Michael said: ”It’s been a slow start as a lot of the horses are a bit high in the handicap but we are getting them running and there’s a few of them are looking like there are ready to win.

The two-year-old are backward as it was so wet and cold in the Spring but in the last ten days they have started to flourish and we are happy to wait for them to tell when they are ready to run. They are coming now and there will be quite a few of them getting ready for the winner’s enclosure shortly.”

Michael kindly spoke to Tony Elves of ATR about those he hopes can blossom shortly.

Older Horses

Dakota Gold

  • 4-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Equiano - Joyeaux (Mark of Esteem)
  • Trained by: M Dods
  • Last Race: Catterick, 20 Oct 2018 15:30
  • Result: 13/14, raced alone far side, prominent with stand side until hung right to stand side group 2f out, soon weakened
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Form Profile:

Winner of three of his 13 starts and currently rated 99. Best effort this term when third, beaten a length, to Soie D’Leau at Thirsk (5f) in May off his current mark.

Trainer Says:

He had a good season last year and is very quirky and was bad at the stalls and he wouldn’t be the easiest ride. I was a bit disappointed really that the handicapper keeps leaving him on 99 so he has to ply his trade against the best handicap sprinters. He ran ok at Thirsk but there wasn’t a big field and he was too keen at York where he was drawn one and totally on the wrong side of the track. Anything drawn there at York that day had no chance and when we run him again we are intending to put a hood on him and hope that might settle him a bit and make life easier for the jockey.

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Davy's Dilemma

  • 4-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Sixties Icon - Wansdyke Lass (Josr Algarhoud)
  • Trained by: M Dods
  • Last Race: York, 22 Aug 2018 16:15
  • Result: 2/16, mid-division, headway 5f out, not clear run 3f out, switched left and effort over 2f out, stayed on final furlong to go second close home
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Form Profile:

Winner of three of his 9 starts and currently rated 83. Finished third, beaten only a neck, to Master of Irony on his reappearance at Doncaster (1m 6 1/2f) in May off his current mark.  

Trainer Says:

He ran well on his first outing at Doncaster. They were all in a line and I have been waiting to run him but he needs cut in the ground. I think he will improve big time for a step up to two miles and he is a decent horse. He is ready to run but he needs the rain to come.

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Fumbo Jumbo (IRE)

  • 5-y-o; bay mare
  • Breeding: Zebedee - Baraloti (Barathea)
  • Trained by: M Dods
  • Last Race: Ayr, 2 Oct 2018 15:15
  • Result: 9/12, tracked leaders, effort 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace, weakened final 100 yards
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Form Profile:

Winner of two of her 28 starts and currently rated 72. Finished sixth, beaten three and three quarter lengths, to Carlton Frankie on her latest start at Redcar (5f) in May off her current mark.  

Trainer Says:

She has struggled a bit with the handicapper and she started last year off 84 and finished second but it was soft when she was running. She ran well at Redcar the other days in a very competitive fillies race off 72 and I think she will probably end up dropping to 70. I would say she is on a mark where if she gets good fast ground she would be winning.

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Get Knotted (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of six of his 38 starts and currently rated 95. Finished third, beaten a length and three quarters, to Gilgamesh at York (7f) in May off a mark of 96.

Trainer Says:

He ran well on his reappearance at Haydock and I think he needs a turning track as in the Victoria Cup at Ascot he just didn’t show the same. He then ran well at York where he always runs well and he will get his day. He just loves York and anything under 0-100 we will go to York and hopefully he will win one there again. He has won over seven furlongs but he keeps giving me the impression he could win at six. He is well in himself and a nice horse.

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Holmeswood

  • 4-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Mayson - Anglezarke (Acclamation)
  • Trained by: M Dods
  • Last Race: York, 12 Oct 2018 16:25
  • Result: 13/18, not much room start, held up towards rear, ridden over 2f out, never dangerous
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Form Profile:

Winner of four of his 12 starts and currently rated 94. Finished ninth of 18, beaten five and a quarter lengths, to El Astronaute at York (5f) in May off a mark of 96.  

Trainer Says:

He ran well at York on ground that was a bit quick for him off 96. He has dropped to 94 and he had a good time last year and I think we need to try him again over six furlongs. He runs at Windsor on Monday night and he has improved from last year so we will see how it goes over six.

Video Form
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28 Apr 2017:

Hot Hannah

  • 4-y-o; grey filly
  • Breeding: Hellvelyn - Toy Top (Tactical Cat)
  • Trained by: M Dods
  • Last Race: Ayr, 11 Oct 2018 14:35
  • Result: 3/17, in touch, headway over 1f out, kept on into 3rd inside final furlong, never a threat
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Form Profile:

Winner of two of her 15 starts and currently rated 63. Gained her last success in a handicap at Ayr (5f) in July of last year when scoring by a neck from Boogie Babe off a mark of 61.  

Trainer Says:

She is what you see – a low rated sprinter – but when she gets soft ground and can dictate from the front she will win but she doesn’t like to be taken on in a race.

Video Form
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Kings Gift (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of two of his 14 starts and currently rated 96. Finished sixth, beaten nine lengths, to Thundering Blue in a handicap at York (1m 2 1/2f) on his latest start in May off a mark of 98.  

Trainer Says:

He pulled a muscle when he came out of the stall at York and we have given him a bit of time to get over the race. He is a horse who was highly campaigned last year and struggled a bit with the handicapper but he is dropping back to a more realistic mark. I could see him winning over eight or nine furlongs before too long.

Kings Gold (IRE)

  • 5-y-o; chestnut gelding
  • Breeding: Excellent Art - Party Feet (Noverre)
  • Trained by: M Dods
  • Last Race: Thirsk, 12 Jun 2018 14:45
  • Result: Won/15, mid-division, headway 3f out, challenged from 1f out, led well inside final furlong, stayed on
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Form Profile:

No wins from 12 starts and currently rated 64. Finished runner-up, beaten two and a quarter lengths, to New Society at Catterick (1m 4f) in April off his current mark.

Trainer Says:

He has had niggles and he missed last season. He came back and he ran well on his last run at Catterick and the winner came out and skated in again at Pontefract. He has had a few entries but he couldn’t run on fast ground. It would be nice to get a win into him before selling him to go jumping. A mile and a half to a mile and six will be his trip.

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Kiwi Bay

Form Profile:

Winner of 13 of his 138 starts and currently rated 55. Finished fifth, beaten five and three quarter lengths, to Pudding Chare at Ayr (1m 1f) in May off a mark of 57.  

Trainer Says:

He is a13-year-old now and he wins every year. He ran two days running at Ayr and run well both days. He will just campaign over a mile and a mile and quarter in claimers and sellers. He still loves it and I am sure he will win before too long.

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Le Chat D'or

  • 10-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: One Cool Cat - Oh So Well (Sadler's Wells)
  • Trained by: M Dods
  • Last Race: Carlisle, 12 Sep 2018 16:50
  • Result: 5/10, slowly into stride, behind, headway over 2f out, chased leaders approaching final furlong
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Form Profile:

Winner of six of his 44 starts and currently rated 86. Finished fifth, beaten five lengths, to Gulf Of Poets latest start at Pontefract (1m) in April off a mark of 87.  

Trainer Says:

He ran well at Pontefract last time but he runs 10lb better at Ayr than anywhere else. He is getting on a bit now and the handicapper hasn’t really given him much leeway. When he drops in the handicap and a mile round Ayr on heavy ground he can still pick a race up.

Video Form
29 Apr 2017:

Mabs Cross (GB)

Form Profile:

Winner of five of her 9 starts and currently rated 106. Returned to winning form in the Group 3 Palace House Stakes at Newmarket (5f) in May when beating Judicial a neck and highly creditable effort in the Group 2 Sandy Lane Stakes at Haydock (5f) later that month when fourth, beaten three quarters of a length, to Battash.

Trainer Says:

She has obviously stepped up on last year and she won the Palace House Stakes where the ground was just probably quick enough for her. She then ran well at Haydock in the Sandy Lane but I basically think a stiff five or an easy six furlongs suit her. She is improving and the Owners would be keen to let her take her chance at Ascot. The likes of Lady Aurelia and Battash over five you would think would have more toe but it’s a stiff track and if there’s a bit of juice in the ground to steady them up a bit you never know. She deserves her chance and then after that we will run her over six and she can go to France or Ireland. She does try very hard and Silvestre said she gave him the feel of a Group 1 horse but possibly more likely six furlongs and she will improve as the season goes on.

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Mustaqbal (IRE)

  • 6-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Invincible Spirit - Alshamatry (Seeking The Gold)
  • Trained by: M Dods
  • Last Race: Pontefract, 8 Oct 2018 16:45
  • Result: 7/13, tracked leaders, driven over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, never on terms, weakened inside final furlong
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Form Profile:

Winner of four of his 34 starts and currently rated 76. Made a winning reappearance at Haydock (1m) in April when beating Fleetfoot Jack two and a half lengths off a mark of 68.

Trainer Says:

He is what you see and the handicapper was quite hard on him when he won at Haydock. He loves the soft ground and they went quick at Haydock and he won nicely. He is a bit quirky and one of those who when he fancies it he can win but if things don’t go right he wouldn’t be the hardest under pressure. He is in good form at the minute and ready to run but just needs a bit of juice in the ground.

Video Form
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My Name Is Rio (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of seven of his 47 starts and currently rated 81. Finished second beaten a neck, to Black Isle Boy on his latest start at Thirk (6f) in April off a mark of 80.

Trainer Says:

He needs cut in the ground and he ran well when second at Thirsk but he has been waiting to run. The ground has been too firm but he has entries next week and I think he is probably better over five furlongs even though he ran well over six on his last run. He is one of those horses that wins one every year but once he has won one the handicapper put him up enough that he can’t win a second one but he is straightforward.

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Proud Archi (IRE)

  • 4-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Archipenko - Baharah (Elusive Quality)
  • Trained by: M Dods
  • Last Race: Ayr, 2 Oct 2018 16:20
  • Result: 7/13, mid-division on outside, ridden inside final 2f, kept on same pace, never able to challenge
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Form Profile:

Winner of three of his 18 starts and currently rated 79. Finished fourth, beaten three and a half lengths, to Dawaleeb at Beverley (1m 1/2f) in May off his current mark.  

Trainer Says:

He is another that has struggled with the handicapper. I ran him at Beverley over a mile and 100 yards the other week and he ran alright but I felt he didn’t stay and he is in at Ayr this week over seven furlongs. He is a straightforward horse and I don’t think it will be long before he is winning.

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Ventura Secret (IRE)

  • 4-y-o; chestnut gelding
  • Breeding: Roderic O'connor - Bajan Belle (Efisio)
  • Trained by: M Dods
  • Last Race: Musselburgh, 15 Oct 2018 14:50
  • Result: 5/9, promient, switched right over 2f out, not quicken over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong
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Form Profile:

Winner of four of his 25 starts and currently rated 70. Best effort this term when fourth, beaten half a length, to Black Isle Boy at Thirsk (6f) in April off a mark of 71.  

Trainer Says:

He surprised us a bit as he won three for Tim Easterby over a mile last season and we thought he was showing speed at home so we thought we would try him sprinting. He looks like he could win over six or seven furlongs and he is another who I could see winning within the next month.

Video Form
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Three Year Olds

Admiral Rooke (IRE)

Form Profile:

No wins from 10 starts and currently rated 64. Finished third, beaten two and a half lengths, to Troop at Hamilton (1m 1f) in May off his current mark.

Trainer Says:

He ran well first time this season at Pontefract when finishing third and then he went to Beverley and in the middle of the race they slowed it up and he pulled a bit hard and didn’t get home. He ran last week at Hamilton and he ran well where I stepped him up to a mile and one. He looked to me that he was doing his best work a furlong out and he is a horse who probably wants a mile on good to soft ground.

Video Form
19 May 2017:

Boundary Lane

  • 3-y-o; chestnut filly
  • Breeding: Mayson - Dea Caelestis (Dream Well)
  • Trained by: M Dods
  • Last Race: Thirsk, 27 Jul 2018 16:55
  • Result: 7/13, raced centre, prominent, led over 2f out, headed over 1f out, weakened closing stages
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Form Profile:

Winner of her only start at Ayr (6f) in May when scoring by three quarters of a length from Columbia Kid.

Trainer Says:

She did well and won first time out at Ayr. I don’t think it was a great race but she travelled well and picked up and you would hope she would learnt a lot from the race. We will see where we go and we have given her an easy time afterwards but she will be ready to run in the next couple of weeks. She should keep improving.

Byron's Choice

Form Profile:

Winner of one of his 6 starts and currently rated 77. Finished fourth, beaten three and three quarter lengths, to Tribal Warrior at Musselburgh (7f) in May off his current mark.  

Trainer Says:

He ran well up at Musselburgh over seven furlongs. He is ready to run and won’t be long in winning but he needs a bit of juice in the ground.  

Video Form
29 Jul 2017:

Camacho Chief (IRE)

  • 3-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Camacho - Passage To India (Indian Ridge)
  • Trained by: M Dods
  • Last Race: York, 12 Oct 2018 16:25
  • Result: 2/18, slowly into stride, towards rear, ridden over 2f out, headway and switched left over 1f out, ran on well, went 2nd towards finish, not reach winner
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Form Profile:

Winner of two of his 10 starts and currently rated 85. Best effort this term was on his reappearance at Doncaster (6f) in April when third, beaten three lengths, to Wahoo off a mark of 86.

Trainer Says:

He had a good time as a two-year-old and yet again he is another horse who is in the grip of the handicapper. He ran at Ripon the other day and is down to 85 now but he realistically needs to be down to 80. He ran ok the other day but he needs some decent ground and he didn’t really handle the soft. I wouldn’t be against bringing him back to five furlongs on soft ground.

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Farhh Away

Form Profile:

No wins from 4 starts and currently rated 67. Finished runner-up, beaten a neck, to Weellan at Ripon (1m) in May off his current mark.  

Trainer Says:

He is a big raw horse and he was too big and weak as a two-year-old. We ran him at Musselburgh and he couldn’t handle the track or the ground and then he ran at Ripon and by the time the penny had dropped the race was over really but he only failed by a neck. I would think that the more racing he gets the more he will improve and I don’t think it will be long before he is winning.

Video Form
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John Kirkup

Form Profile:

Winner of three of his 10 starts and currently rated 85. Well beaten in two starts this season at Thirsk (5f) in April off a mark of 92 and York (7f) in May off a mark of 89.  

Trainer Says:

He is another horse who has struggled with the handicapper. He won three races last year and he will have a few runs and find his mark. I could see him winning over six furlongs. He is not fast enough for five and he doesn’t stay seven. If we could find a six furlong race on good to soft ground then that could be the key.

Video Form
13 Sep 2017:

Mecca's Spirit (IRE)

Form Profile:

No wins from 6 starts and currently rated 57. Finished fourth, beaten four lengths, to Bibbididibobbidiboo at Musselburgh (7f) this month off her current mark.  

Trainer Says:

She is has been a disappointing filly to be honest and has limited ability. She can win a race but unless she suddenly starts to improve she is what you see.

Video Form
10 Oct 2017:

Super Major (IRE)

Form Profile:

No wins from 7 starts and currently rated 64. Finished third, beaten five and a quarter lengths, to Metronomic at Ripon (1m 2f) in May off a mark of 71.  

Trainer Says:

He has struggled as he is very small and the handicapper got him totally wrong and rated him mid 70 last year and he is probably a 55-60 horse and I told the handicapper that. He ran ok in a seller at Ripon when finishing third but to me it was too far. If he could get in a 0-60 rated 55 he could win a race.

Video Form
11 May 2018:

Wahoo

Form Profile:

Winner of two of his 7 starts and currently rated 85. Made a winning reappearance at Doncaster (6f) in April when scoring by two and three quarter lengths, from Kyllachy Dragon off a mark of 78.

Trainer Says:

He won on heavy ground at Doncaster over six furlongs and then he went to Newmarket and the ground was just too quick for him. We are waiting for a bit of nice ground and six or seven furlongs doesn’t matter to him. He is an improving horse and just doesn’t want the ground too quick.

Video Form
27 Apr 2018:

Two Year Olds

Amazing Alba

  • 2 ch f Helmet – Silcasue
Form Profile:

Unraced  

Trainer Says:

She is a sharp two-year-old and she will be ready to run in the next couple of weeks. She will start over five furlongs.

Bullion Boss

  • 2 b c War Command – Gold Bubbles
Form Profile:

Unraced  

Trainer Says:

He is a nice horse by War Command and I could see him running in the next two or three weeks over six furlongs. He could then step up to seven furlongs but is a very nice looking horse.

Coco Motion

  • 2 b c Es Que Love – Beguiler
Form Profile:

Unraced  

Trainer Says:

He is quite a nice horse and he will start off over six furlongs. I could see him staying seven and he won’t be far off a run.

Dancin Boy

  • 2 br c Gregorian – La Gifted
Form Profile:

Unraced  

Trainer Says:

He is ready to run in the next couple of weeks and he could set off at six furlongs and I could also see him staying seven or eight furlongs. He is a fine looking horse who could do well at two.

Flint Hill

Form Profile:

Finished seventh, beaten six lengths, to Cosmic Law at Carlisle (5f) in May on his debut.  

Trainer Says:

He ran ok at Carlisle over five furlongs and needs step up to six furlongs. He will run over six at Carlisle on Thursday.

Video Form
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Myrmidons

  • 2 ch g Casamento – Allegrissimo
Form Profile:

Unraced  

Trainer Says:

He is by a nice horse in Casamento and he is probably ready to run. He will start off over six but seven furlongs or a mile will suit him better as the season progresses.

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