Alenquer is on track for the Dubai Sheema Classic after breaking the mile and a quarter track record at Lingfield on Saturday.
William Haggas always thought of the world of the four-year-old who beat the dapper Lord North in the Group 3 Betway Winter Derby.
Haggas said he was pleased with the preparation of the German-bred colt and the two-and-a-half-length winner owned by MM Stables will now return on a trip to Meydan for the $6 million Sheema Classic on March 26.
“I was very happy with him,” Haggas said. “He had trained well and he won very well.
“He’s obviously a talented horse who has raced in a few Group 1s but he hasn’t won one yet. We hope this will be his year.
“I was very worried about the drop in the course on Saturday and the nature of the track, but he liked it – he took a nice lead and he didn’t do his own race, which we would have done if we ‘d due.
“He picked up really well at the right time and maybe caught a really good horse (Lord North) on a rusty day. Maybe.
“He’s run three of his best races now on this trip, but he’s very capable over a mile and a half.
“The plan has always been to go to Dubai for the mile and a half Sheema Classic, so I don’t see why that would have changed.”