Having seen Settle For Bay travel well and feel settled in Dubai, his trainer David Marnane is confident about his chances in the Group 3 Singspiel Stakes on the opening Dubai World Cup Carnival card at Meydan this Thursday. The 5yo son of Godolphin’s multiple Group One winner Rio de la Plata, enjoyed a brilliant 2018 that included success in the Royal Hunt Cup over 1600m at the Royal Meeting at Ascot in June. In what turned out to be his last run of the year, the Marnane-schooled gelding came through triumphantly from a field of 30 as he sprinted clear with a little over 100m left to run to win by over two and quarter lengths leaving some top names, like 2018 carnival winner Hors de Combat, The Queen’s 2019 carnival hopeful Seniority and multiple Group Three winner Circus Couture behind.
And Marnane is confident he has recovered well from the minor hiccup that followed his Royal Ascot victory. Settle For Bay has had an exceptional run that has seen him win the last five of his six runs, Marnane said: “ He’s settled in well and travelled over great. “He did a little hack around there earlier this week and it’s so far, so good with him. He had a stone bruise a few weeks after Ascot, so we were in a situation where we had to give him a break and couldn’t come back in time for Ascot’s or Ireland’s Champions Weekend in October, so we bit the bullet and gave him the whole time off to point for Dubai.”
Settle For Bay is a winner in six of his career 13 starts, with his last five successes gained over a mile. For the Singspiel he steps up a furlong in trip, Marnane added: “He’s been fantastic for the yard and fantastic for the owner. I felt pretty great to win at Ascot and the manner in which he won makes me think we don’t know how good he is yet. He’s improving all the time. “We’ve had success in Dubai and any horse we have who fits the bill, we try to bring them. He suits the conditions and likes the top of the ground. He’s stepped up every time for us.”