Dunlop excited by idea of having first Meydan runner
Harry Dunlop, whose policy of travelling his horses abroad has produced a top-level success in France, is contemplating having his first runner in Dubai, with Monday's Lingfield winner Just An Idea earmarked for a trip to Meydan.
Lambourn-based Dunlop, who won the Group 1 Criterium de Saint-Cloud with stable star Robin Of Navan in 2015, is also mulling over a fast-track all-weather championships qualifier in Britain for Just An Idea but is intrigued by the prospect of heading to Dubai.
"There's an all-weather qualifier coming up and the quality of races has really improved here, but we're still very much thinking of Dubai," he said. "It's very exciting for us to have a runner over there."
The UAE 2,000 Guineas Trial on dirt on January 26 or the Meydan Classic Trial on turf two weeks later are under consideration for the son of Lilbourne Lad, who had useful juvenile form last season but had yet to put his head in front until Luke Morris guided him to an easy victory at Lingfield this week.
"Just An Idea had a busy season last year and ran at Royal Ascot, Glorious Goodwood and at Deauville and I think he just needed a bit of a break," the trainer added.
One to watch
"Talking to Luke yesterday, it wasn't a superstar race but I think he's improving again and wanted time to mature, so who knows? He was third in the Dragon Stakes at Sandown so has genuine Listed form, but he's got to improve again."
Just An Idea is among a small squad Dunlop has for the winter and he has been delighted with how they have performed.
"We've got a team of ten for the all-weather and have had three winners and I think five seconds," he said.
"I've never really had a winter all-weather team before and it's nice to keep the yard going and owners happy. Memories Galore, who won very well at Kempton in November before finishing third at Newcastle, is in at Lingfield on Saturday and could be one to look out for."