09/17/2010 11:48AM

Dangerous Midge romps in Arc Trial


Dangerous Midge, the 9-2 winner of the Group 3, $88,000 Arc Trial at Newbury on Friday, won’t be running in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, but he is under consideration for the Breeders’ Cup Turf.

A Lion Heart colt, Dangerous Midge cruised clear under Martin Dwyer for a four-length victory over the 8-11 favorite, Rainbow Peak, as the Godolphin-owned Campanologist, saddled with a seven-pound penalty for two recent Group 1 scores in Germany, was an unthreatening third, two lengths behind the runner-up. The time for the 1 3/8 miles on good ground was a very slow 2:19.45.

Dangerous Midge had shown promise when dominating a 1 1/2-mile Haydock handicap by eight lengths two back but failed to stay the trip when a well beaten eighth in the 1 3/4-mile Ebor Handicap at York on Aug. 18. His trainer, Brian Meehan, who has earned a reputation for spotting horses above their level, called the Breeders’ Cup Turf a possibility for Dangerous Midge, a Kentucky-bred 4-year-old.

◗ Delegator, unsighted since finishing fifth in the Breeders’ Cup Mile, returned to action with a win in the listed, seven-furlong Dubai Duty Free Cup for Godolphin, as he held on for a 3-1 neck victory over Sir Gerry. Trainer Saeed bin Suroor is thinking of both a second shot at the Breeders’ Cup Mile as well as the Hong Kong Mile for Delegator, a 4-year-old son of Dansili.