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.