Chapple-Hyam has art master

Peter Chapple-Hyam enjoyed his first domestic Group One victory since returning from Hong Kong in the spring of 2004 when Dutch Art powered to success in the Shadwell Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket.

Peter Chapple-Hyam enjoyed his first domestic Group One victory since returning from Hong Kong in the spring of 2004 when Dutch Art powered to success in the Shadwell Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket.

The unbeaten Medicean colt gave the local trainer a win at the top level in the Prix Morny in France last month and he bounced to another impressive success, this time under Frankie Dettori.

Winner of a novice event on his debut at Windsor in June, success in the Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot followed before the juvenile struck with his Group One brace.

He faced just five rivals in a high-class renewal of the Middle Park, and despite drifting in the preliminaries was still sent off the heavily-backed 6-5 favourite.

Dettori’s mount bounced out of the stalls and pulled hard through the early stages as he jostled for the lead with Brave Tin Soldier and Captain Marvelous.

But once the Italian asked the Paul and Susan Roy-owned Dutch Art to quicken the response was immediate and the juvenle powered clear with an electric turn of foot to score by an easy two lengths.

Wi Dud came from off the pace to take second, with the outsider of the field Captain Marvelous (33-1) a length and a quarter back in third.

Dutch Art is now quoted at 7-1 for the Stan James 2000 Guineas by the sponsors, while Coral, Ladbrokes and Blue Square go 10-1. William Hill are 9s and totesport 8-1.

Chapple-Hyam confirmed the colts’ Classic will be Dutch Art’s main target, saying: “He got six furlongs well on soft ground and will get a mile no problem next season.

“The Guineas will be his main target and I will need to discuss whether or not he has a prep race with Mr Roy.

“He is still growing and is getting better and better. In fact, you won’t see the best of him until next year.”

He added: “He just gets better and better. He’s a different horse to when he won first time at Windsor, he was small then.

“He keeps growing and improving all the time.”

Chapple-Hyam was the last trainer to complete the Middle Park/2000 Guineas double with Rodrigo de Triano in 1991, and he continued: “This horse is very, very good. I’ve said it for a long time.

“He is better on better ground too. I don’t think Frankie got serious with him and he’s a serious, serious horse.”

Dettori said: “He’s four from four now. When I was third behind him in the Morny I thought he was a special horse.

“I only had to change my hands, he quickened up and won like a good horse should do.

“At home he doesn’t do a tap but when he comes to the races, he lights up and runs like a good horse.

“I’ve never ridden him on good ground, but he handled that. Good horses go on any ground and that would be the case with this one.”

Wi Dud’s rider Neil Callan said: “We had reservations over a stiff six furlongs, but he switched off and stuck on really well.

“The winner was just a better horse, but we’ve got a nice one to look forward to next year.”

His trainer Kevin Ryan added: “I’m delighted. He’s a proper horse. We were worried about the ground but he went through it OK. The winner looks top class.

“He switched off better today and stayed the stiff six really well. All he wants to do is please you.

“That’s it for this year and he’ll stay sprinting next year.”

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