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Pride Of Dubai On Track For Spring
Despite already being a dual Gr1 winner, trainer Paul Snowden is predicting the best is yet to come from top-class colt Pride Of Dubai (Street Cry-Al Anood, by Danehill) this spring, reports racing.com. Pride Of Dubai marked himself as one of the most exciting horses in the country when recording two Gr1 victories - the Blue Diamond Stakes and ATC Sires' Produce Stakes - from just 4 starts in the autumn. The blue-blooded colt is being aimed at some of the 3YO features in the spring including the Golden Rose and Caulfield Guineas, before his likely retirement to Coolmore Stud at the end of the season. "He's in great order. He always was a big individual with plenty going for him but he's grown into that body now and is a really lovely looking horse," Snowden told RSN radio yesterday. "He's got a fantastic attitude, he's so quiet and placid and that's going to take him a long way." Snowden has previously rated Pride Of Dubai as one of the best 2YOs he has ever been associated with, comparing him favourably to former star Godolphin juveniles Sepoy and Helmet. However, he acknowledges that despite his prodigious talent he will have to go to another level this preparation with the likes of Golden Slipper winner Vancouver lying in wait. "His last preparation suggested he wasn't the complete package yet, he still did a lot wrong but he was able to pull out enough to get over the line," Snowden said. "He's got massive upside but he's going to have to improve. Vancouver is the benchmark for everyone this Spring and we all know how good he is." A homebred for Sheikh Bin Khalifa Al Maktoum, Pride Of Dubai is a half-brother to stakes winner Al Aneed out of the Danehill mare Al Anood, herself a half-sister to Gr1 Prix de Diane winner Rafha.