Queally dreaming of double

TOM QUEALLY is hoping the dream continues when he takes the mount on Frankel in the eagerly-awaited clash with Dream Ahead and Saamidd in the Dubai Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket today.

The jockey admits it has been difficult tying to treat today’s two-year-old clash as just another race as the unbeaten Royal Lodge winner takes on dual Group One victor Dream Ahead and Godolphin’s promising colt Saamidd.

The Henry Cecil-trained colt has reportedly been tearing up the gallops at Newmarket since his breathtaking victory at Ascot.

“There’s been an awful lot of hype surrounding Frankel ahead of the Dewhust Stakes, which many are billing as the two-year-old race of the century,” said Queally.

“I will try and treat it as any other race, but that’s easier said than done given what he’s been doing in his home work over the last week or so.

“In the end it doesn’t matter how many pigeons he’s been catching on the gallops, he has to translate that to the racecourse.

“He’s taking on a dual Group One winner in Dream Ahead and then Saamidd, who has been hailed as one of the best Godolphin juveniles for many a year.

“Frankel is the one for me, though. He does everything so easily and is so straightforward and relaxed – he is just a dream to sit on. All I ask for is that he comes through the race safely – and obviously in front.”

Frankel has been put in an odds-on to maintain his 100% record, but Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager for owner Prince Khalid Abdullah, is trying to play down the hype.

“The race has obviously been built up, but I think the time for talking has almost come to an end and it is time for the horses to do the speaking,” said Grimthorpe.

David Simcock’s Dream Ahead lines up just over a fortnight after his breathtaking display in the Middle Park Stakes at this track.

The trainer would ideally have preferred a bigger gap between races, but could not be happier with his stable star’s current condition.

“I don’t think it’s nerves that I’m feeling, I think it’s more excitement than anything else,” said Simcock.

“He’ll go out there and do his best and it’s a very, very good race. I don’t think it’s just a three-horse race as everyone is saying – there are six more-than-capable horses in there.

“He seems to have come out of the Middle Park absolutely fine. Two weeks between Group Ones isn’t ideal for any horse, never mind for a two-year-old, but his well-being seems excellent and we’re happy to take our chance.

“Frankel is the talking horse and it should be a good spectacle.”

Meanwhile, Twice Over attempts to add his name to the list of dual winners of the Emirates Airline Champion Stakes at Newmarket.

The likes of thoroughbred legends Brigadier Gerard (in 1971-72) and Triptych (1986-87) have successfully defended their crown, while the latest horse to land back-to-back victories was Alborada in 1998-99.

Queally believes the Henry Cecil-trained five-year-old has every chance of joining that elite.

“I am very fond of Twice Over and he has done so much for my career,” said Queally. “I think he has a great chance in following up last year’s win in the Champion Stakes.

“He’s had a terrific season so far, and while we were disappointed he didn’t win the Champion Stakes in Ireland, if you dissect the form he was only beaten a short head by Rip Van Winkle, who beat us a half length at York, so we have no reason to complain.

Coral make Twice Over a 4-1 chance to claim back-to-back renewals after having removed Ballydoyle’s Await The Dawn from their market. Aidan O’Brien’s colt has reportedly suffered a setback and will not make the trip across the Irish Sea.

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