Purchased at the Arqana November Sale this son of INTELLO comes from the stable of Francois Nicole, having had four starts and four places over hurdles in France. He then went on to win his first start over fences at Fontainebleu at the beginning of November.
Working as well as any horse in Ditcheat, Dogon has always been highly thought of but things have just taken a while to click on the course, in the process he has been dropping down the weights and when things did fall into place he’s in a position to run up a sequence.
Things did exactly that at Southwell, the good ground and the switch to positive tactics working the oracle and scoring in impressive fashion:
The Racing Post commented “going best 3 out, shaken up and reminder and went clear run-in, ran on well, comfortably and he should be hard to beat next time.”
Training Update: He ran a very game race at Cartmel on his latest start under the 7 pound winners penalty, to take 3rd, just being caught on the run-in. A lovely fun horse who is most consistent, now that we have learned how to ride him (from the front). He’s on a winter break, because he’s best on a sound surface and we’ll see him back from March time onwards, for a summer’s fun. Plenty more races to be won with him, not to mention the opportunity to own a share with the 11 times champion trainer Paul Nicholls! TIMEFORM RATED: CHASE 117 § and HURDLE 111 §