Balding dreaming of summer success

Andrew Balding believes Dream Eater is a better horse this season after undergoing a breathing operation over the winter.

The five-year-old lines up in tomorrow's totesport.com Summer Mile at Ascot on the back of a cracking run at the Royal meeting when third behind Goldikova and Paco Boy.

With Richard Hannon deciding to give the race a miss with the latter, Dream Eater is likely to be one of the favourites in the Group Two heat.

"We were really pleased with his run at Ascot. He had a wind operation over the winter," said Balding.

"We decided to run him at Haydock in the John Of Gaunt first where the ground was unsuitably soft for him.

"It was nice to see the way he finished at Ascot, the breathing is better and he's an improved horse as a result.

"I think a mile is his best trip, he has no problems with the mile. He was second in the Topkapi Trophy last season to Pressing over a mile and we are getting 3lb off him tomorrow, but I think it is the right race for him and he should run very well.

"Dingaan (stablemate) is in there to make sure they go a very good gallop," he told At The Races.

Owner Sheikh Hamdan won the race last year with Aqlaam and has two chances tomorrow with Barry Hills' Ouqba and Ed Dunlop's Fareer.

Ouqba was second to Paco Boy in the Lockinge but he has some ground to make up on Dream Eater from the Queen Anne.

"He didn't travel as well through the race as we expected him to and Barry just feels as if he might not have been at his very best, but he seems happy with the horse now and it seems the right sort of race to run him in," said the owner's racing manager Angus Gold.

"On his Lockinge form, if he ran back to that, he wouldn't be far away.

"Fareer is a nice horse. I think Richard (Hills) will be the first to say that from his draw at Ascot he went right across and he probably made too much use of him and he didn't finish his race off.

"We'll ride him differently this time and just give him a chance to see if he's good enough to feature in this.

"On his best form, Ouqba is the main hope. I would think he's a classier miler but having said that, Fareer is an improving horse and works like a good horse at home.

"On Ouqba's second to Paco Boy though he would be the one."

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