Dartmouth | Horse Of The Month July 2016
Dartmouth - Horse Of The Month
Dartmouth is the BetsFree Horse of the Month for July. Owned by The Queen of Australia (does that title rankle you?) and Great Britain, Dartmouth saluted three times in a row, before running third in the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes.
Highland Reel, a place getter in last year’s Cox Plate, took the chocolates in that Group 1 race, prior to losing a close one to Dartmouth in the Group 2 Hardwicke Stakes. Australian officials are hoping to lure Dartmouth down under for the coming spring carnival in Melbourne. Could we see a rematch between Highland Reel and Dartmouth in the Caulfield and/or Melbourne Cups? It would be particularly special being in The Queen’s 90th Birthday year.
Black Heart Bart has been placed 22 times from 30 career starts, and this season 5 wins and 3 seconds from 10 starts. He has won $1, 699, 580 in prize money, and seems to be just getting going in this department. This was his maiden Group 1 win, after going close a number of times. He is currently on the second line of betting favourites for the Stradbroke.
Trained by Sir Michael Stoute, the 4 YO bay colt is out of Dubawi and Galtee by Galileo. From 13 starts, Dartmouth has had 7 wins and 2 placings.
Olivier Peslier drives Dartmouth to the line to narrowly win the Hardwicke Stakes. Picture: Getty Images
Top breeding and an excellent start to his career suggest that this horse could be anything. Royal Ascot was a sea of excitement during the summer carnival to see the very best horses and the cream of British society. The Queen has been a long-time supporter of English racing and, now, her son, Prince Charles has an interest in a couple of horses. The Royal patronage gives a buzz to the whole scene over there.
Dartmouth is still a young horse by staying standards and the best of him is yet to come, if injury does not hinder his long term future. Imagine The Queen as Melbourne Cup owner receiving the Cup on that first Tuesday in November, it would be very special indeed. The international horses, now, regularly competing in Australia during the spring, have revitalised horse racing in this country.
Fingers crossed we get to see Dartmouth out here competing in the world’s richest race over two miles. The Queen and trainer Sir Michael Stoute may be inclined to run Dartmouth in October’s Prix de l’ Arc de Triomphe, which would probably preclude coming down under in 2016.
Whatever and wherever Dartmouth is set to run in, we are confident he will give a top notch account of himself. BetsFree congratulates Dartmouth as the July Horse of the Month. Australian racing fans and punters would love to see this potential champion testing himself against the best on the antipodean stage.
Also, it is great to hear that Prince Charles, the loony vegetarian, has been bitten by the racing bug; perhaps there is hope for the future King of Australia yet.