Brown Panther to miss Meydan

Brown Panther is to sidestep the Dubai Gold Cup on World Cup night in Meydan and be campaigned towards Royal Ascot.

Part-owner Michael Owen tweeted news of a change of plan for the Tom Dascombe-trained six-year-old.

Brown Panther was last seen finishing a respectable eighth in the Melbourne Cup having won the Goodwood Cup in August.

Owen said: "We have decided to bypass Dubai and target Brown Panther at the Ascot Gold Cup as his early-season target with a race or two in the lead up."