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Autumn Racing Carnival targets are yet to be set in stone for Peter & Paul Snowden’s dual Group 1 winner Pride Of Dubai who produced a terrific Sydney trial at Randwick on Tuesday.
Elite level aims for the star Street Cry colt are still to be confirmed but three-year-old Pride Of Dubai is doing everything right ahead of his much awaited return in the autumn.
A winner of two of his four career starts to date with victories in the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) last February and April’s Group 1 ATC Sires Produce Stakes (1400m), Pride Of Dubai had his first public hit-out this week.
Showing he had lost none of his ability that saw him secure over $1.3 million in prize money in his opening season of racing, the progressive galloper was raw and raced wide throughout but still crossed the line first in the 838m trial.
Brenton Avdulla had the mount and guided him to the long neck success over Dark Eyes in his first official appearance since April, Pride Of Dubai absent from the entire spring racing season.
The form of the Randwick trial looks strong with Chris Waller’s Caulfield Guineas winning Hinchinbrook colt Press Statement just a quarter length off Pride Of Dubai in third.
The depth of the trial at the Kensington track was furthered by the inclusion of Waller’s Spring Champion Stakes winner Vanbrugh (5th) and the stable’s five-time Group 1 champion Boban (6th).
Co-trainer Paul Snowden was pleased with the effort of Pride Of Dubai who has plenty of improving to do off the hit-out.
“He definitely needed it, I dare say he needs to have another one, he was never going to be pushed out at all, it was just a fitness thing,” Snowden Racing Ahead.
“He jumped well and travelled quite strongly throughout the trial so it’s all good so far.
“He’s very fresh in himself and he was always going to trial like that.
“He won the trial but he was still well and truly within himself.”
The team are planning another trial in 10 days’ time before looking further into first-up options for Pride Of Dubai.
“He’ll have another trial in about 10 days’ time and we’ll assess how his fitness levels are before we go to the races again,” Snowden said.
“He’ll have another trial in about 10 days’ time and we’ll assess how his fitness levels are before we go to the races again.”
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