Karen McLintock is ready to send her Royal Ascot runner-up Dubawi Fifty back into battle for the Stobart Rail & Civils Northumberland Plate at Newcastle.
The five-year-old made much of the running in the Ascot Stakes under champion jockey Silvestre de Sousa, before being caught late on by the Willie Mullins-trained Lagostovegas.
McLintock reports her stable star to have taken those exertions well and is looking forward to seeing him turn out just 11 days later for this weekend’s £150,000 feature.
McLintock said: “We’re hoping to run. He seems to come out of Ascot OK and the plan is for him to go to Newcastle.
“He ran a great race at Ascot. He doesn’t like to give up and did us proud.”
De Sousa is set to keep the ride on Dubawi Fifty, who has won twice and been placed three times in seven visits to Gosforth Park.
“We think Silvestre will be available to ride him. I hope so, anyway,” the trainer added.
“He has good form at the track and we’re hoping he’ll go there and run a big race.”
Dubawi Fifty was one of 70 horses to stand their ground for the ‘Pitmen’s Derby’ at Monday’s confirmation stage.
Ascot hero Lagostovegas is one of five possible runners for Mullins, with Laws Of Spin, Law Girl, Meri Devie and Gustavus Vassa all still in contention.
The weights are headed by last year’s winner, Higher Power, trained by James Fanshawe.
Other leading hopes include Roger Charlton’s ante-post favourite Withhold, the Ed Dunlop-trained Amazing Red and Dannyday from Sir Michael Stoute’s yard.