On the day the mighty Frankel delighted the Bet Victor horse racing community when he carried the same colours to a stunning victory in the Juddmonte International Stakes at York, just an hour earlier Prince Khaled Abdullah saw his highly promising two-year-old Dundonnell put up an exciting performance to land the Group 3 Pinsent Masons LLP Acomb Stakes and catapult himself into the reckoning for honours for next season’s Qipco 2000 Guineas at Newmarket.
Trained by Roger Charlton, (who was amazingly registering his first winner at York in eight years!), Dundonnell had made a big impression when running away with a Lingfield maiden on the Polytrack 18 days earlier, slamming Van Percy by 12 lengths and breaking the juvenile track record over a mile at the Surrey venue.
Dropping back a furlong and returning to turf, (having made his debut at Newmarket onsoft ground in July when third to the promising Ghurair), the James Doyle-ridden son of US sire First Defence was always tracking the pace set by Ballydoyle’s Afonso de Sousa, before quickening in fine style to take up the running at the two furlong from home marker. Charlton later observed that his charge had probably hit the front plenty soon enough, but he stuck to his task in determined fashion as the persistent Goodwood maiden scorer Steeler stayed on the get within three-quarters-of-a-length of the winner at the line.
Charlton expressed himself “really impressed” by Dundonnell who has an entry in next month’s Group 2 Champagne Stakes at Doncaster and also in the Group 1 Racing Post Trophy at the same track in October. Bet Victor horse racing news sources and Bookmakers reacted to the York winner by cutting him from a top pre-race offer of 33/1 to a general price of 16/1 in the ante-post market for next spring’s 2000 Guineas at HQ.