Strawberrydaiquiri (grey, left): has the Dubai Duty Free has her targetPICTURE: Martin Lynch
Strawberrydaiquiri leaves Stoute for Bahrain
ROYAL ASCOT winner Strawberrydaiquiri has left Sir Michael Stoute's yard to join owner-trainer Fawzi Nass's string representing Bahrain at the Dubai Carnival, which starts on Thursday.
Second in the Group 1 Sun Chariot on her only start in Fawzi's silks, the grey daughter of Dansili made the frame in Group 1 company on each of her last three outings in Britain after winning the Group 2 Windsor Forest Stakes at the royal meeting.
According to Nass, who is yet to train a winner at the carnival (though he has won as an owner), the Dubai Duty Free on Dubai World Cup night is the five-year-old's primary target.
"We would love to get that Group 1 win as she has been purchased as a broodmare prospect," he said.
"World Cup night is the main aim but we have a few options before but she arrived late and is a bit behind the others after the cold in England. She will go to America from Dubai before probably retiring."
Fawzi Nass: no win as a trainerPICTURE: Singapore Turf Club
Nass has also taken charge of Royal Destination, a handicap winner at the St Leger meeting for Jeremy Noseda.
Saudi Arabian-based trainer Naif Alatawi also has a couple of familiar names ready for the carnival, having paid 320,000gns for Jeremy Noseda's Group 2 Railway Stakes winner Formosina and 200,000gns for the speedy Electric Waves, winner of the Group 3 Cornwallis at Ascot for Ed McMahon. They will be aimed at the UAE Classics.
News of their departure to the trainers based outside Dubai in the Middle East continues a trend.
The 2009 Dewhurst winner Beethoven won the Qatar Derby on his first start for new trainer Ahmed Kobeissi, with the former Charlie McBride-trained Miss Starlight in third.
The latter's trainer, Ibrahim Saeed Al Malki, spent 550,000gns at the sales to secure Hearts Of Fire, who provided Pat Eddery with his biggest training success in the Group 1 Gran Criterium in 2009.
All three Qatari-based horses are set to run in Dubai in the next three months.