Karen McLintock is hoping Dubawi Fifty can fulfil her dream when he lines up this month for the Northumberland Plate at Newcastle.
The Pitman’s Derby, as it is affectionately known locally, is a race McLintock would dearly love to win because her stables are just 19 miles from Gosforth Park racecourse.
Dubawi Fifty was all set to run in the race last year after finishing second to the Willie Mullins-trained Lagostovegas in the Ascot Stakes, but was withdrawn at the final declaration stage.
He has been sidelined since. But McLintock reports the six-year-old, owned by Paul and Clare Rooney, to be on course for the prestigious two-mile handicap on June 29.
“He’s grand – everything is OK,” said the Ingoe trainer.
“He’s on target for the Northumberland Plate. Everything is going smoothly at the minute, touch wood.”
Dubawi Fifty is back in rude health after his setback last summer.
“He’s fine now, 100 per cent,” McLintock added.
“He had one issue, and we’ve given him more time just to be on the safe side.
“He’ll probably go straight for the Plate, and will have a couple of racecourse gallops at Newcastle beforehand.
“I would love to win the Plate. It would be a dream if he won it for us – hopefully he’ll go there with a fighting chance.
“Obviously, it’s going to be very competitive, and I see Mr Mullins has got many entries (eight). In the Ascot Stakes, the first five were Mr Mullins and I.”