Three-time Melbourne Cup placegetter Prince of Arran is likely to have his first race for 2021 in Britain before another overseas campaign.
Fellowes told the UK Press Association this week that Prince of Arran had put on plenty of weight after his luckless third-placed finish in the $8m G1 Lexus Melbourne Cup (3200m) on November 3.
“He’s come back in looking too well, but he didn’t go out until late,” Fellowes said.
“He’s come back with a proper belly on him, so I’ll have to get some proper work into him.
“I think I’ll give him a prep run before Saudi, which I’ve not done before, but I just feel he needs it this year, so he might go to Kempton for a Fast-Track Qualifier over two miles in early February.
“That is two weeks before the Saudi Cup and it would work absolutely perfectly, so he’d run there, go to Saudi the following week and then off to Dubai.
“He loves Kempton, two miles there is perfect for him and should he win that – who knows what will happen with the pandemic – but it gives us the option of Finals Day (at Lingfield on Good Friday, April 2) if he gets qualified.”
Prince of Arran’s principal aims in the first half of 2021 are the US$2.5m (A$3.2m) Red Sea Turf Handicap (3000m) at King Abdulaziz racecourse in Riyadh on February 20 followed by the US$750,000 (A$960,000) G2 Dubai Gold Cup (3200m) at Meydan on March 27.
Prizemoney for the Dubai Gold Cup has been halved since last year’s running, a cumulative total of US$8.5m cut from undercard races on Dubai World Cup Night owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.