OWNED IN partnership by Flying P Stable and R A Hill Stable, Lone Rock, a 7yo gelded son of Majestic Warrior and winner of the 3000m Grade 2 Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance Stakes on the Breeders’ Cup undercard at Del Mar last November, has emerged as a possible candidate for the $12 million Dubai World Cup according to trainer Robertino Diodoro.

If all goes well in his next start, the Grade 3 Razorback Handicap at Oaklawn Park, the race used as a prep by Godolphin’s Mystic Guide before his Dubai World Cup success, the Meydan feature will likely be next. “I don’t know if we have to win the Razorback,” Diodoro said. “We are shortening up to a mile and a sixteenth in the Razorback.

As long as he shows up again and runs like he’s been running, then we’re going to give the Dubai World Cup some serious consideration, for sure.” Lone Rock finished his 2021 campaign, which also included wins in Belmont’s Grade 2 Brooklyn Stakes and Saratoga’s Birdstone Stakes, with a December victory in Oaklawn’s 1800m Tinsel Stakes. He won seven of nine outings last year after being claimed by Diodoro for $40,000 on his last 2020 start, a Churchill win at 1600m.