Stoute happy with Dank and Telescope.
DANK, Europe's only defending champion at the Breeders' Cup after the withdrawal of Magician, is in "very good shape" as she attempts to defy a 136-day absence from the track and retain her crown at Santa Anita tomorrow, writes Jon Lees.
The mare has not run since being injured in the Prince of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot, but her trainer Sir Michael Stoute is confident she has retained the form she showed when gaining a commanding win in the Filly & Mare Turf 12 months ago.
"Dank has been here and done it," he said after supervising her exercise yesterday. "She had an injury after Royal Ascot, but we have been happy with her preparation.
"We would have liked to have raced her a little bit more now that she is five but circumstances dictated. It will be her final race."
Stoute has six Breeders' Cup victories to his name, and has a special affinity with Santa Anita, where he has secured four of those wins through Dank, Conduit (twice) and Islington. He also runs Telescope tomorrow in the Turf. "I brought Royal Heroine here in 1983 and I stayed on a couple of weeks with Charlie Whittingham afterwards and I loved it," he added. "I have always loved this place.
"With Telescope we decided after York to leave the Arc and any other races alone and point him here. I wouldn't mind a drop of rain before the race but I think he will be okay. He never lets us down." VVSANTA Anita tomorrow, page 89
Sir Michael Stoute: six Breeders' Cup wins