Dwyer relishing Percy return

Martin Dwyer has insisted that whichever end-of-season target Marcus Tregoning picks for Sir Percy the colt will run “a very big race”.

Martin Dwyer has insisted that whichever end-of-season target Marcus Tregoning picks for Sir Percy the colt will run “a very big race”.

The three-year-old has been off the track since winning the Vodafone Derby in thrilling fashion from Dragon Dancer, Dylan Thomas and Hala Bek.

However, he is now nearing a return with connections having to decide between a tilt at the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe over a mile and a half or the Champion Stakes over two furlongs shorter.

“I don’t know about plans but he’s in great form,” said Dwyer. “I went and had a sit on him last week and he worked tremendous. I’m very pleased with him.

“He feels as good, if not better, than he was in the spring. He’s really benefited from the break he’s had and wherever he runs next he will run a big race.

“It’s a big call. If he goes for the Arc he’ll run a massive race, but obviously there’s a few in there that will be very hard to beat.

“There’s Shirocco and the Japanese horse (Deep Impact). It’s a world-class race.

“If he goes for the Champion Stakes we should really win. I suppose Dylan Thomas would be the one we’d have to beat but we have beaten him already,” Dwyer told At The Races.

“I don’t want to call it but who’s to say he can’t win the Arc? If he runs I’m sure he’d run a great race, but it would be very hard for him to win it.

“You get used to that (people knocking him). The colt is unbeaten apart from one run when he finished second to a superstar (George Washington) on the day in the Guineas.

“He’s done nothing wrong. He’s won a Derby and people don’t give him the credit he deserves.

“He’s got a lot of speed. That’s why I had to settle him near the rear in the Derby. If I’d have let him he would have been near the pace and not got home.

“He’s got good acceleration and good travelling speed and he’s a very good horse. Wherever he goes next he’ll run a very big race.”

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