The Richard Fahey-trained Ribchester will have his first run of the year in Britain in the Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes at Newbury.
The four-year-old was an excellent third in the Dubai Mile at Meydan in March, one of the feature races of Dubai World Cup night, and North Yorkshire handler Fahey was delighted with how his charge came out of the race and the travel exertions.
The son of Iffraaj was a regular in Group One company last term and after finishing third to The Gurkha in the QIPCO Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood, he went on to register his first Group One success in the Prix du Haras de Fresnay-Le-Buffard – Jacques Le Marois at Deauville in August.
Ribchester was then a creditable half-length second to the top-class Minding in the G1 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot on QIPCO Champions Day in October.
He now looks set to again challenge for major honours over a mile with the Lockinge on May 20 first on the colt’s agenda. Fahey said:
He’s come back from Dubai in great form. We’ve given him two steady weeks and he looks a lot better. The plan is to get him ready for the Lockinge. I’m really happy with him.