Teal targeting Futurity Trophy with Dancing Gemini

Roger Teal has given Dancing Gemini the green light to line up in the Futurity Trophy at Doncaster next month following his dominant victory at the track on Friday.

The Camelot colt was beaten on his first two starts but made it third time lucky in some style at Newbury last month, earning him a step up to Listed class in the Betfred Flying Scotsman Stakes.

Dancing Gemini continued his rise up the ranks with another facile success under Lewis Edmunds and Teal insists the performance came as no surprise to those closest to him.

“We’ve always liked him, he’s just been a typical two-year-old in that his body has been changing shape all year and everything has come together late on. He’s strengthened up finally and he’s just proved what he can do now,” he said.

With his colt having proven himself on the track and testing conditions, the Lambourn handler is happy to roll the dice at Group One level back at Town Moor on October 28.

Dancing Gemini is a 12-1 shot for the Futurity Trophy with Paddy Power, who make the Aidan O’Brien-trained Diego Velazquez their 9-4 favourite and his stablemate Capulet second in at 6-1.

Teal said: “That’s what we’ll aim for (Futurity Trophy), definitely. He acts on the course and the ground will probably be testing, so I think he deserves to take his chance.

“I’m sure Aidan will bring his battalion and I’ll be like the sniper against them!

“We’ve been keen to step him up to the mile. Lewis couldn’t really pull him up over seven the other day, so I don’t think an extra furlong will be a problem to him at all.”

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