Dubawi Gold given Sandown target

Richard Hannon’s Dubawi Gold may have the bet365 Mile at Sandown on April 27 as an aim after being withdrawn before the start of the Dubai Duty Free.

Richard Hannon’s Dubawi Gold may have the bet365 Mile at Sandown on April 27 as an aim after being withdrawn before the start of the Dubai Duty Free.

The four-year-old picked up an injury after he had been loaded into the stalls but he has done no lasting damage.

He is due to return to England early this week and the Group Two event Hannon has won for the last four years with Major Cadeaux, Paco Boy (twice) and Dick Turpin is a logical option.

“Dubawi Gold kicked the back of the stalls and caught his hind legs, and he suffered superficial cuts so it would not have been fair on the horse to run,” said Richard Hannon jnr.

“He deserves a change of luck, and, while he will have a quiet week when he returns, if he is ok we might have a look at the Sandown Mile at the end of the month.

“Dubawi Gold has finished second in two Guineas, so we would like to win a Group One with him this year, but Sandown would be an ideal confidence-booster and get us back on the right road and it has proved a lucky race for us.

“The horse thrived in the sunshine of Dubai and was actually pleasing me a lot more the closer we got to the race, but we got a bit of a kick in the teeth when we drew the 16 stall and then Lady Luck dealt us another blow in the gates, so it all became a non-event,” he told www.richardhannonracing.tv.

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