By Jordan Gerrans
Prolific stayer Dubai Moon is all the rage in Victoria for his stunning winning sequence but trainer Frankie Stockdale says it is regional Queensland where the galloper learnt all his toughness.
The Stockdale-prepared Pride Of Dubai gelding has set tongues wagging of late by winning four straight races in just 13 days.
He collected the first of the triumphs on January 26 at Hanging Rock before grabbing two more shortly after and rounded out the four straight last Thursday at Pakenham.
Dubai Moon is likely to be shooting for a handful on the trot on Friday at The Valley under lights over 2500 metres.
Stockdale calls Pakenham home on the outskirts of Melbourne and around Victoria is where his gelding has done all his winning of late.
But, for the larrikin trainer, he believes a seven month-long stay in the bush throughout the Sunshine State in 2022 was the making of the resurgent galloper.
“Look at him now, he is tough as nails,” the trainer said.
“He has travelled all around the bloody country just about, racing on different surfaces and different tracks. The travelling everywhere can be the makings of them for sure, it does them good. It does them the world of good.”
Dubai Moon has become known for his bold front-running style during his recent winning run and has won by a combined almost 16 lengths in his last four outings.