Ahmad Al Shaih's G1 Criterium de Saint-Cloud winner Dubai Mile (Ire) (Roaring Lion) will be pointed to the G1 Grand Prix de Paris with the possibility of a run at Royal Ascot in between, trainer Charlie Johnson said. The colt finished ninth in the G1 Betfred Derby on Saturday and was fifth in the Qipco 2000 Guineas at Newmarket in his three-year-old debut last month.
Dubai Mile holds engagements in the G2 King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot on Jun 23 and also the G1 Irish Derby at The Curragh on July 2. However, Johnston is keen to head to ParisLongchamp for the Grand Prix de Paris, over the same 1 1/2-mile trip on July 14.
“We will see about Ascot and I've always thought the Grand Prix de Paris was a race that would really suit him,” Johnston said. “I'd like to have that as part of his plans. Whether or not he goes to Ascot in between, we'll see.
“If he did everything, it would be three weeks and three weeks–it is six weeks until Paris.”