Shanahan plans UAE Derby tilt
Trainer Pat Shanahan may target Dolce N Karama at the UAE Derby at Meydan following the colt's run in the Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster.
The son of The Carbon Unit was sent off 200/1 rank outsider of the 11-strong field as he was expected to be totally outclassed after he had finished fourth in a Wolverhampton maiden on his only previous start a month earlier.
However, he ruffled more than a few feathers with a fantastic effort that took him into fourth place behind the impressive winner Kingston Hill and he was only a neck off third place claimed by Altruistic.
"We were all thrilled. We weren't overly surprised because we've always thought a lot of the horse. That's why he was running," said the County Kilkenny trainer.
"We hoped he would show the potential he shows at home. He's a horse with a lot of ability. I think he will improve a lot over the winter. He's a big shell of a horse.
"He's back home and is in good form. We'll give him a break now and talk it over in January.
"He might go for the UAE Derby in Dubai. The boss (owner, Jimmy Long) lives there so it's his back garden."