Royal Ascot winner Settle For Bay will be heading to Dubai this winter for the Carnival at Meydan, David Marnane has revealed. The Tipperary-based trainer has been unable to call on the Rio De La Plata gelding since his impressive win in the Royal Hunt Cup in June having suffered a minor injury setback.
However, Marnane has confirmed that Settle For Bay is on course to feature in Dubai early in the New Year and appears to have benefited from his enforced break from racing.
He said: “He got a bit of a stone bruise after Ascot and he harboured that for a while.
“We got to the stage where we were three-quarters of the way through the season and maybe we could have got him back for Irish Champions Weekend or something like that, but the ground might have gone against him and we’d be getting him ready for just one race.
“In the end we decided to bite the bullet and give him a break and he’s fine again now and all set to go to Dubai.
“He’s had an enforced break, but it might have been all for luck as he’s a big horse at 17 hands and he’s really developed since Ascot.
“Some of his owners are from Dubai, he likes fast ground and it’s just the perfect place to take him.
“There’s a race for him on January 3 and that’s what we’re aiming at.”