DUKE Of Firenze could have a spell in Dubai during the winter as reward for his fine effort in the Prix de l’Abbaye at Chantilly on Sunday.
The eight-year-old, ridden by Oisin Murphy, out ran his odds of 80-1 to finish fourth behind the brilliant Battaash in the Group One dash on what was his 11th race of the campaign, bettering his sixth place 12 months earlier.
Trainer David Griffiths concedes the options for the rest of 2017 are few and far between and the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint is only a long-shot.
“It was a great run, amazing. I was delighted with him,” said the Bawtry handler.
“Battaash was very good, but he was only a length behind proven Group One winners like Marsha, so I was chuffed to bits.
“He’s spot on. He’s eaten up and all’s fine.
“We’re struggling finding races for him. There’s not much, if anything for him over here. There’s a very outside chance we might send him to America for the Breeders’ Cup. It’s only a possibility at best.
“There is Dubai next year. He could go there in February for a couple of races. There’s a handicap and a Group Two he could run in and then come back home after that. That would be the long-term plan.
“I think the track would suit him over there and the quick ground as well.”
Meanwhile Griffiths says stable star Take Cover, a fast ground specialist, is set to skip an engagement at Ascot on Saturday and wait for the Al Basti Equiworld Mercury Stakes at Dundalk on October 20.
The 10-year-old veteran has belied his age with a series of classy performances this season that has seen him win the Beverley Bullet and Newbury’s Dubai International Airport World Trophy on his last two starts.