Persian Dreamer to be campaigned for Classic bid

Dominic Ffrench Davis is backing Persian Dreamer to prove her class next season following her respectable effort in the Cheveley Park Stakes.

The daughter of Calyx made a taking first impression when bolting up on good to soft ground at Newmarket in the spring and, following encouraging performances at both York and Royal Ascot, scooped Group Two honours on a rain-softened July course in the Duchess of Cambridge Stakes.

Saved for an autumn return to the Rowley Mile and a shot at the Cheveley Park, the youngster ran with credit to finish a keeping-on fifth, beaten under three lengths in her first taste of Group One action.

“I thought she ran a blinder on ground that was unsuitable basically,” said Ffrench Davis.

“She’s a really nice horse and she has come out of it remarkably well and we’ll put her away now for next year.

“Kieran (Shoemark, jockey) got off her and said she’s a Group One filly on soft ground, which is pretty much what we thought beforehand.”

Persian Dreamer is now poised for a step up in trip next season and is likely to return in one of the key Qipco 1000 Guineas trials, where she will put her Classic aspirations to the test.

“Kieran said she will definitely get seven and probably get a mile,” added the trainer.

“It was my thought (to run in a trial) and we would probably try to avoid running with a Group Two penalty. Hopefully, she winters well.”

Also set to be aimed high next term is Ornellaia, who was last seen finishing in a dead-heat for third with Persian Dreamer’s Cheveley Park conqueror Porta Fortuna in the Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh.

The daughter of Night Of Thunder is already on her winter break and could be another who will have the Classics in her sights in 2024.

“She’s in great form,” continued Ffrench Davis. “She went straight to the farm for her winter break and they tell me she has put on a lot of weight, has grown and looks fantastic.

“I think she will come on a bundle for having a winter on her back. She’s a real quality filly and you imagine she will follow a similar path to Persian Dreamer.”

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