Dubai Prince’s eventual debut for Godolphin was about four months too late for the Classics but all may not be lost judged upon a fortifying victory in a minor event at Newbury.
A two-and-a-half-length defeat of Jet Away, one of a small field of older horses comfortable at the level of the Dubai Duty Free Conditions Stakes, is not a firm guide of whether the colt could justify his entry in the Qipco Champion Stakes, even if little more could be demanded from his first start for almost a year.
Dubai Prince was spoken of as either a 2000 Guineas or Derby horse in the spring, having won both his starts at two for Dermot Weld, until a hairline fracture to an area in his pelvis intervened.
He was nonetheless made the 4-6 favourite and with Frankie Dettori unable to manage 8st 6lb, he was ridden compassionately by Kieren Fallon and allowed to stride clear two furlongs from home.
Neither Mahmood Al Zarooni nor Godolphin racing manager Simon Crisford were at the course but team representative Diana Cooper said: ?He’s obviously in great shape and you couldn’t really ask for a better reintroduction.
?He did everything asked of him last year, beating Seville in a maiden at Gowran and winning a Group Three easily, so it all speaks of good things to come.
?He’s well entered up and the races are in the programme book. He’s handled nine furlongs and there’s no reason not to step him up. We’ll have to see what Sheikh Mohammed says and I’d imagine a decision on his next race would be made in the next week or so, but not by me.? Fallon added: ?He felt electric ? he’s a proper horse.?
“He’s ready to race after a setback ruled him out,” Crisford, said. “A lot of water has passed under the bridge since he was mentioned as aDerbypossible, but we’ll see how he gets on. He’s a good horse and this is a good opportunity for him.”
LEAD FROM START
On 16 September, Dubai Prince marked his debut for his new owners in the Dubai Duty Free Conditions Stakes at Newbury, running over a distance of 1 mile and 1 furlong on a ground labelled good to soft.
The son of Shamardal, out of Desert Frolic by Persian Bold, Dubai Prince under jockey Kieren Fallon, took on four other opponents.
The William Haggas trained and Richard Hughes ridden colt Penitent took the lead from the start.
The next target for the unbeaten three-year-old colt would be the Champion Stakes at Ascot on 15 October, 2011, where Dubai Prince is cut to 12 to 1 from 33 to 1 by Victor Chandler.
Sources: Belfasttelegraph, thenational, bettor