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  • 15:10 Dubai Duty Free Arc Trial 1m 3f 5y

  • (group 3) £57,000 added 3yo+ 7 ran
  • Winner £32,359 2nd £12,266 3rd £6,139 4th £3,061
  • Going: Good, Good to Firm in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 2m 19.45s
  • Off time: 15:10:08

Midge Too Strong For Trial Foes

Last Updated: 17/09/10 5:28pm

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Dangerous Midge is in complete control.

Dangerous Midge is in complete control.

Dangerous Midge turned in a brilliant performance in the Dubai Duty Free Arc Trial.

The four-year-old bolted up in a competitive Haydock handicap on his penultimate start before finishing eighth in the Ebor at York.

Sent off at 9-2 on this first start in Pattern company, Brian Meehan's colt travelled strongly throughout before being asked to quicken clear heading inside the final furlong.

Odds-on favourite Rainbow Peak loomed up as a big danger on the outside but once Dangerous Midge engaged overdrive, he left the rest for dead and only had to be kept up to his work to score by four lengths.

Meehan said: "He ran a great race in the Ebor but everything went wrong there.

"I think a mile and six was too far but he looked good at Haydock the time before and he has really raised his game.

"I've no doubt he's going to win at Group One level. The plan is subject to discussion with the owners but I'd like to go for the Breeders' Cup Turf next.

"He's American-bred and qualifies."

Jockey Martin Dwyer concurred: "He quickened up like a sprinter over the last three furlongs. Not many mile-and-a-half horses can do that."

Coral offer Dangerous Midge at 10-1 for Churchill Downs glory.

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