Prince seeks Glorious success
Dubai Prince will aim to go some way to fulfilling his huge potential in the Coutts Glorious Stakes at Goodwood on Friday.
Unbeaten in two starts as a juvenile when trained in Ireland by Dermot Weld, the son of Shamardal has not quite progressed as anticipated since joining Godolphin.
Training problems meant he did not make any of the British Classics, but when he did eventually turn out as a three-year-old, he could not have been more impressive in a Newbury conditions event.
However, he was completely tailed off in his final start of the year in the Champion Stakes and two starts in Dubai during the winter offered little promise.
He started to rebuild his career when bolting up in a four-runner race at York last month and now steps back up in class and distance, with Ahmed Ajtebi keeping the ride.
Godolphin racing manager, Simon Crisford, said: "Dubai Prince is an interesting horse. He has been very fragile mentally and he tends to gets very nervous when the race is building up.
"He looks like an absolute king in four-runner conditions races but he can get a bit shy when there are more runners. We found that in the Champion Stakes last year and in subsequent races.
"If the field isn't too big and he takes to the track and his jockey is sympathetic, he would have a chance. He is rated 116 which sets the benchmark for a race like this. It is difficult to find races that suit him.
"The jury is still out with him - he is a very nice horse who has got plenty of talent."
Dubai Prince is one of seven Glorious Stakes participants, with Godolphin also represented by Songcraft, the mount of Frankie Dettori.
The John Gosden-trained Gatewood tests the water at Pattern level for the first time having completed a hat-trick of valuable handicap wins in the Wolferton Handicap at Royal Ascot.
He could be heading Down Under later this year if continuing his progression.
Gosden said: "I am delighted with him and some Australians have purchased half of him. They are really nice guys with a famous cricketer among them and we will be trying to get him eligible for the Melbourne Cup."
Luca Cumani's Quest For Peace will aim to bounce back to form following a disappointing showing in the Hardwicke Stakes, while Dandino, Berling and Midsummer Sun complete the field.