Racing returns to York
6:24am 11th May 2011
Classy ex-French performer Dalghar will make his debut for trainer Andrew Balding in the Group 2 Duke of York Blue Square Stakes today.
The son of Anabaa, now five, was previously trained by Alain de Royer-Dupre and has form at the top level, winning a Group 3 and finishing runner-up to Lady Of The Desert in the Diadem Stakes at Ascot among many fine efforts.
In fact, Dalghar only finished out of the first three once last season when he was fifth to the mighty Goldivoka in what was a vintage renewal of the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot.
"He was purchased privately for some Australian clients and we know he is a high-class performer with some very good form.
"He has settled in well and his work has been good but he may need this first run and will certainly come on for it. If all goes well next week then the Golden Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot is the target."
Another trainer with high hopes of landing the 6F Group 2 is Yorkshireman William Haggas who will saddle Triple Aspect.
The five-year-old is a Group 3 winner already and was last seen in action when a fast-finishing seventh in the Group 2 Al Quoz Sprint on Dubai World Cup Night.
Haggas, who has secured Ryan Moore for the ride, said:
"Ryan rode him in Dubai and knows him. The trip (five furlongs) was a bit sharp for him in Dubai and he was outpaced but was finishing well.
"He either wants a stiff five (furlongs) or an easy six (furlongs), like York. I think he's well and seems to have taken his trip to Dubai okay."
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