Sir Patrick Moore is set for the Ganton Stakes at York
Last Updated: 13/06/13 4:23pm
Harry Dunlop: Trains Sir Patrick Moore
One-time Classic hope Sir Patrick Moore has been declared by trainer Harry Dunlop for the Ian and Kate Hall Macmillan Ganton Stakes at York on Saturday.
The son of Aussie Rules was last seen in April, finishing a good second to Olympic Glory in the Greenham Stakes at Newbury after which Dunlop pinpointed the German 2000 Guineas as the colt's next target.
Unfortunately a minor setback prevented Sir Patrick Moore from taking up that engagement but Dunlop believes he is back to his best ahead of Saturday's Listed contest, over a mile on the Knavesmire, the pattern book highlight of a card offering over £200,000 in prize money.
Dunlop said: "He ran a super race at Newbury and Ryan Moore (jockey) felt that stepping up to a mile would really suit him.
"We had planned to take him to Germany for the 2000 Guineas but he knocked a joint and couldn't make the trip.
"He seems in really good form and this race looks a nice step for him. I hope a few of the forecast showers arrive as he goes well with a bit of cut in the ground."
Sir Patrick Moore did the majority of racing last year in France where he won a valuable conditions race and also finished second in a Listed contest at Deauville.
His seven rivals in this mile Listed event include recent course winner Pintura and the Richard Fahey-trained Lady's First, who finished third in the Betfred Middleton Stakes on her penultimate start.