ARCHER’S DREAM will bid to protect her 100 per cent record when she contests the Group 3 William Hill Summer Stakes at York on Friday.
The James Fanshawe-trained filly has kept improving since making a winning debut at Doncaster back in April.
She made it three from three when dead-heating in the Listed Cathedral Stakes at Salisbury last month.
Now she is being asked to step up again in class as part of a 17-strong field for Friday’s six-furlong feature on the Knavesmire.
Newmarket-based Fanshawe said: “She has done nothing but progress all season.
“We’re trying to take it step by step. She’s strong and a powerful filly but she’s not the biggest.
“You’re only going to learn on the racecourse how good she really is because at home she never actually shows you a great deal. She’s pretty relaxed about things.
“But saying that, at the two-furlong pole at Salisbury she really did go and quicken up well there, so I think she’s got a good turn of foot. Will that be effective as she goes up in grade? Well, we’ll see.
“At Salisbury she was really tough and probably took it up soon enough – she was in front a long time up the hill. Hopefully at York she can take her time a bit more.”
Whatever happens, Archer’s Dream is proving another success story for Fred Archer Racing who have gone from strength to strength since Fanshawe’s wife Jacko established the partnerships ahead of the 2014 season.
Their chief flag-bearer has been Group 1 hero The Tin Man but Archer’s Dream is just the latest in a series of successful horses to run in the increasingly recognisable dark blue and dark red silks.
Fanshawe added: “Jacko started it off and the first decent horse was The Tin Man but the syndicate had ten winners from 11 horses last year. It’s always difficult to follow that up, but Archer’s Dream has won three and been another good example for Fred Archer Racing – and she didn’t cost a fortune either. We bought her because I trained her dam and she was pretty useful and it’s a good family.”
York’s two-day meeting begins on Friday at 2.05pm with a seven-race card. Saturday’s feature is the renowned John Smith’s Diamond Jubilee Cup, worth £200,000.