Robert Cowell has confirmed that Prohibit – part-owned bu Khalifa bin Dasmal – will be prepared for a campaign at the Dubai World Cup Carnival rather than take on Black Caviar in the Lightning Stakes in Australia in January.
Prohibit aimed at Dubai World Cup Carnival
Robert Cowell confirmed yesterday that Prohibit will be prepared for a campaign at the Dubai World Cup Carnival rather than take on Black Caviar in the Lightning Stakes in Australia in January.
Prohibit improved markedly this year after finishing fifth behind JJ The Jet Plane in the Al Quoz sprint at Meydan Racecourse in March.
The five year old, owned in part by Khalifa bin Dasmal, went on to win the Group 1 King's Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot in June before running poorly in the Prix de l'Abbaye de Longchamp, the European season-ending championship sprint in Paris.
"We will head to Dubai now and forego a run in the Lightning Stakes," Cowell said. "The owners have got together and have decided it is best to follow the same criteria of races as this year. A ran in Australia would not be conducive to that."
Prohibit ran four times in Dubai last season, starting his campaign in the Group 3 Al Shindagha Sprint before he won the Dubai Trophy handicap and finished fourth in the Emirates Airline Trophy.
Prohibit will not ship to Dubai alone, either, as Cowell intends to bring another sprinter with him. Due to the breakup of Walter Swinburn's racing interests, Cowell has acquired Monsieur Joe.
The four-year-old son of Choisir ran five times at Meydan last season before disappointing in England during the summer.
"We are also bringing Monsieur Joe out as well," confirmed Cowell. "He ran well in Dubai last season. He will start in handicap company and we'll see how we go from there."