Pride Of Dubai was included in nominations for Saturday’s featured 2016 Expressway Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill Gardens, but trainers Peter and Paul Snowden have elected not to accept a position in the field for the three-year-old following a quiet barrier trial on Monday.
Pride Of Dubai more than announced his arrival through a standout 2015 Autumn Carnival campaign highlighted by wins in each of the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) and Group 1 ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m), but was unlucky to miss the entire Spring Carnival through injury.
Though pleased with the overall condition of the talented son of Street Cry, Paul Snowden told Racing Victoria the team believes the colt will benefit from a little more time in training prior to a competitive return.
“I thought he still trialled a bit fresh the other day,” Snowden said.
“I wouldn’t say he was disappointing but knowing the horse he was still running through the bridle a touch in what was a really strong and fast heat.
“He still needs a little bit of work, he’s not there yet which is why we’ve elected not to accept on Saturday.”
Snowden said the likely autumn launch pad for Pride Of Dubai will now be the Group 3 Eskimo Prince Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill on February 6th.
“He’s against his own age group next week and he’ll carry 60kg,” Snowden said.
“I think there’s only a 4kg spread of weights with the bottom weight carrying 56kg and 60kg should be nothing for him, he’s a big brute of a horse.
“He’ll also go into that race with a couple more bits of work under his belt.”
Pride Of Dubai has posted a career total of two wins and as many minors through his four competitive starts to date; amassing an impressive $1.3 million in prize money.
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