Owned by Sheikh Mohammed Obaid, the son of Dubawi made a successful seasonal reappearance in first-time blinkers at Nottingham last month and he was sent off a warm favourite to supplement that success in what looked an ordinary race for the grade.
Having broken smartly from stall one, Daira Prince was inconvenienced when the pace-setting Dowayla crossed into the lead a furlong into the contest and although Jack Mitchell got him to re-relax rounding the bend, a second problem faced the duo as they became short of room against the far-side rail as the tempo lifted approaching the two-furlong marker.
With the prospect of a split growing increasingly unlikely, Jack took the plunge to switch Daira Prince around his four rivals and while it momentarily seemed like any winning chance had been sacrificed, the horse responded with real vigour to his rider’s urgings, powering down the centre of the course to secure an ultimately comfortable half-length success.
A 110,000 guineas yearling purchase from Book One at Tattersalls, Daira Prince is a half-brother to Chinese White from the family of Prix de Diane winner Rafha and he has now recorded four wins from nine starts and is firmly on the up at the age of four.
Roger said: “Daira Prince is a typical Dubawi in that he is maturing with age and he had to be brave here with circumstances conspiring against him. Fast ground is important and we might look at something more valuable now.”