Killavullan Stakes Victory for Dubai Prince

In an impressive display, the Dermot Weld trained Dubai Prince was comfortable victor of the Group Three JRA Killavullan Stakes at Leopardstown on Monday.

Dermot Weld

Dermot Weld

Maintaining his undefeated record, the son of Shamardal again paraded the colours of Sheikh Mohammed in the winners' enclosure after the success on Saturday of Cassamento in the Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster.

Sent off as race favourite after defeating the Aidan O'Brien trained Seville in a Gowran maiden on debut, he showed he merited the backing with an imposing performance leading to a strong victory in the showcase event.

With jockey Pat Smullen aboard, he tracked the leaders in third early on, making good headway entering the straight, moving to lead one and a half furlongs out, he soon quickened clear of the field, staying on strongly in the final furlong for a comfortable three and a half length victory over runner up Warning Flag, with Park Avenue in third place a further one and three quarter lengths behind.

After the race, Smullen was delighted with the run commenting that his mount could become a top performing middle-distance starter next term.

He told, "We've always liked him. He won a very hot maiden at Gowran and he won very impressively there."

Regarding the cut back in distance Smullen commented, "It's definitely not ideal - he's definitely a middle-distance horse - but the good horses can cope with it. I think he could end up going a mile-and-a-half next year. The good mile-and-a-half horses have got to have pace, and he showed that today".

Winning trainer Dermot Weld said, "He is a very high-class performer - he is a joy to train. "Seven furlongs is really too short for him. He will make a very exciting horse next year.

"He is in a Group One at Saint-Cloud (Criterium de Saint-Cloud) in three weeks' time so I'll have a chat with John Ferguson (bloodstock advisor) and Sheikh Mohammed to see if he goes for that.

"He will go on any ground. He will run exceptionally well over one mile next year, but his real potential will come over longer distances.

"He is by an outstanding stallion and his dam won over one mile, five furlongs."

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