Dubai Warrior rediscovered his best form to register a fourth course success at Lingfield Park in the Listed Betway Quebec Stakes on Saturday (18th) afternoon.
The son of Dansili enjoyed an excellent record at the track for his previous trainer John Gosden, winning three of his four starts including this race in 2019 and the 2020 G3 Betway Winter Derby.
Now trained by David Loughnane, Dubai Warrior was last on his debut for the stable in the G3 Diamond Stakes at Dundalk in September but shaped much better in fifth behind Pyledriver in the Listed Betway Churchill Stakes at Lingfield Park on November 13.
Richard Kingscote deployed more positive tactics today and positioned Dubai Warrior in behind front runners Garden Paradise and Palavecino in the early stages. The duo was relegated to fifth at the four-furlong pole before making a decisive move widest of all approaching the home turn.
Dubai Warrior, sent off a 13/2 chance, led at the top of the straight and dug in gamely as Regal Reality closed all the way to the line. The winning distance was a nose, with 5/2 favourite Felix two lengths further back in third.
Loughnane said: “Dubai Warrior is a class horse and very good around here. It is brilliant to get a winner on the board for his owner [Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Maktoum].
“He is a very easy horse to train and maps out his own races. We don’t have to do too much with him.
“He had a setback and then was gelded. He used to get a bit worked up and sweaty before his races but that can be typical of his sire’s progeny, but he is a happy horse now and happy horses win races.
“We just think the eye-shields help him put his head down. Richard gave him a great ride and, once this horse gets rolling, it takes a good one to go with him.
“The aim now will be the Winter Derby and then Finals Day itself will be a long-term target. I would think he will come back here for the Winter Derby Trial as well.”
Kingscote said: “It probably wasn’t the smoothest race for Dubai Warrior. He needs to get rolling early, which meant I had to get myself out and come too wide.
“I thought coming to the half-furlong pole, my momentum was just finishing and Ryan [Moore] was coming on the second, but Dubai Warrior really stuck his neck out.
“He is a smart horse, particularly around here, and there should be more pots in him going forward.”