David Marnane is keen to put a line through Settle For Bay’s disappointing return to action at Meydan last week.
Making his first competitive appearance since claiming Royal Ascot glory in the Hunt Cup in June, the five-year-old was well fancied for the Group Three Singspiel Stakes on his Dubai debut.
However, after racing wide for much of the nine-furlong journey, Settle For Bay weakened to finish 14th of the 16 runners and Marnane is hoping it was just a lack of match practice which caught out his charge.
Marnane said: “He’s come out of the race well and it’s a bit of a head-scratcher, to be honest with you.
“I thought he jumped pretty well, but they slowed it down in the middle of the race and he just locked on. He was too fresh and too keen and couldn’t get any cover out wide.
“He was doing too much and obviously got tired on what was his first run in over six months.
“He seems to have come out of the race fresh and well and I think we’ll just have to close our eyes and move on. You could debate these things forever, but we’ll just go on to the next day.
“He’ll have a piece of work in the middle of this week and we’ll see where we go from there.”
He added: “There’s another race for him on Thursday week – a handicap over a mile – so that could be an option if we’re happy with him.”