Darren Bunyan is looking forward to seeing what the rest of the year has in store for Hit The Bid following his pleasing comeback at Meydan.
The five-year-old registered a victory and two placed efforts from four starts in Dubai last year.
He was unable to replicate that form on his return to turf action in Ireland, but did round off his 2018 campaign with a Group Three success on the all-weather at Dundalk.
Hit The Bid made his reappearance in a valuable Meydan handicap last week – and while favourite backers had their fingers burnt, he shaped with plenty of encouragement to fill the runner-up spot behind the David Hayes-trained Faatinah
Bunyan said: “I was very happy with the run and I know he’ll come on a ton for it.
“The winner is a good horse – and what I liked about our horse is even though he wasn’t fully fit, he still beat the rest well.
“He’s come out of the race 100 per cent – and all being well, he’ll run in another handicap on January 24.”
The County Kildare trainer added: “He’s not like most sprinters in that it takes a lot of work to get him fit. He always seems to take a run, just to bring him on and switch him on mentally – a run seems to light the fire inside him.
“I’ve no doubt he’ll be a better horse next time, and we’re looking forward to it.”