The Frank Ritchie-trained Dawn Patrol is a notable shortener on fixed odds for Saturday’s 2000 Guineas.
He has come in from 7s to 6s.
Madison County has eased to $2.90 while there is good money for The Chosen One and Sword of Osman. King Louis has friends at a $16 quote.
Ritchie is looking to land his first Gr.1 New Zealand 2000 Guineas.
The 74-year-old believes Dawn Patrol, unbeaten in two starts, provides him with his best opportunity to win the three-year-old classic since the great Bonecrusher finished third off an interrupted preparation in 1985.
“He worked over 1400m on Saturday morning at Cambridge on the course proper and I was very happy with his work,” Ritchie said.
“It was a good solid hit-out.
“On Tuesday he had a nice, quiet piece of work and he was due to fly out in the early hours of Wednesday morning, but that was aborted due to fog in Christchurch, so he was delayed by 24 hours.”
Ritchie said the Guineas was not initially a target for the son of Dawn Approach, but improved racing manners has given him the confidence that Dawn Patrol can be a factor.
“He’s eligible for the Karaka Million and that was always his target in the beginning,” he said.
“After he won a trial, I thought it would be hard to get him ready in time for the Guineas.
“He’s an aggressive horse and he likes to get on with his work. I don’t have to work him in company very often, because he does it himself.”