Ed Walker isn't resting on his laurels with regards his talented Dreamloper after the five-year-old ran away with the Prix D'Ispahan at ParisLongchamp. The Lambourn handler has the choice of two high-quality races before a run in the Nassau Stakes at Goodwood in August. "She is good and is in great form," said Walker. "She has only two options, really. The Nassau is the main target, but it is a case of what we do between now and then - it is either the Pretty Polly at the Curragh or the Falmouth at Newmarket. "I think we will probably end up going in the Falmouth, rather than travelling her all the way to the Curragh for a stiff 10 furlongs. "I think the Nassau would probably suit her more than the Curragh when she goes over 10 furlongs. Those are our two options on the way to Goodwood, which I think will really suit her, and I think we will probably end up going to Newmarket." Walker isn't ruling out another cross-Channel foray for Dreamloper later in the season. "The Prix Rothschild and the Prix Jean Romanet at Deauville are options later on," added Walker, who feels Dreamloper is not ground-dependent. "It was pretty quick ground at Longchamp. She is quite versatile, really. She ran very well in the Sun Chariot (when third to Saffron Beach at Newmarket last October) on quite soft ground."
It has been a sharp rise for Walker who only started training in 2010 but the trainer was quick to hand the plaudits to jockey Keiran Shoemark who claimed only his second Group 1 win at Longchamp on Dreamloper.
"I think getting that Group One monkey off the back was obviously a big thing and it is great to back it up relatively quickly," he added.
"It was great for Kieran as well - it was only his second Group 1. I am very pleased for him, he is a very good jockey."
Walker also gave a pointer to his Royal Ascot runners, saying Great Ambassador may be his best chance in Berkshire. "Our biggest hopes at Ascot would probably be Great Ambassador in the Platinum Jubilee," said Walker. "He is well and has not run this year, so it is quite a big ask going straight to that. He has had a few niggling setbacks which have been a bit frustrating, but he is very well. "Popmaster is in the Wokingham and Primo Bacio will work and after that we will know whether she goes for the Duke of Cambridge."
🏆Prix d'Ispahan (G1)
1850 m, 250.000 EUR, for 4yo+
(5M Lope De Vega - Livias Dream, by Teofilo)
J :K. Shoemark
T :E.C.D. Walker
O :J Fill
B : Mrs Olivia Hoare
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