Mi camp focus on King George Stakes

Connections of Coral-Eclipse disappointment Dar Re Mi are confident their star mare will bounce back to her best in the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

John Gosden’s charge, owned by Lord and Lady Lloyd-Webber, was having her first start since winning the Dubai Sheema Classic in March and a lack of race fitness appeared to take its toll up the Sandown hill.

Having contested the early pace with eventual winner Twice Over, Dar Re Mi faded into fourth, but the owners’ racing manager Simon Marsh expects a better performance at Ascot on July 24.

“I’ve spoken to John and she’s absolutely fine this morning,” said Marsh.

“It wasn’t a bad effort from her in the end and the race was not run to suit at all.

“They went very quick early on and that’s just one of those things but it will bring her on for the King George. She should be absolutely straight for that.

“The King George has been her main target but we had to get something into her beforehand and we have done that now, so we’re looking forward to Ascot.”

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