SOMETIMES it seems as though there is an unwritten rule that an apparently disappointing stallion’s best results will happen when he is no longer available locally. A reminder of this was provided at Sandown eight days ago when My Dream Boat won the Group 3 bet365 Gordon Richards Stakes.

This was his first attempt at 10 furlongs, last year he won a listed contest at Chantilly and the Group 3 Prix Perth at Saint-Cloud, both over a mile, and although further improvement is needed to win either of the major events in which he holds an entry, sneaking into the frame is not impossible.