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Hampton Court date for Dancer

16 June 2017 National Sport

Last Updated: 16/06/17 10:20am

Mirage Dancer (pink cap) could run in the Hampton Court

Mirage Dancer (pink cap) could run in the Hampton Court

Mirage Dancer is set to contest the Hampton Court Stakes at Royal Ascot next week.

The son of Frankel made a successful start to his career in a Doncaster maiden last October and was far from disgraced on his seasonal reappearance when fourth behind subsequent Derby runner-up Cliffs Of Moher in the Dee Stakes at Chester.

Sir Michael Stoute’s colt holds an entry in the King Edward VII Stakes next Friday and is as short as 5-1 with some bookmakers for a race known as the ‘Ascot Derby’.

However, he is set to stick to a mile and a quarter at Group Three level on Thursday.

Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager to owner Khalid Abdullah, said: “I would say he’s more likely to go for the Hampton Court than the King Edward.

“We’ve always said he’s very much a work in progress. He caught the eye at Chester and that was only his second lifetime start and his first of the year.

“We hope he’ll improve from that. He’s coming on all the time.”

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