“At six furlongs he is competitive at stakes level but not at the top level. There are some nice options for him over that trip in Australia at this trip,” Appleby said. “His optimum trip looks like its the seven [furlongs 1400m].
“We don’t have such an array of those races here in Europe.
“I think the style racing down there will suit him as well down there. It is not end-to-end racing as a rule and the one thing he has got is a gear change.
“He is a good traveller and he picks up well off a good pace.
“The reason for coming is the race is the right trip and the race style will suit him.”
Appleby admitted he got it wrong with Dubhe in the Sydney Cup but D’Bai is a different prospect. Australian punters have come to respect Appleby’s judgement and remain wary of D’Bai, which $5.50 second pick behind the James Cummings-trained Osborne Bulls at $3.40
“We ran a handicapper in a group race last Saturday. This horse is a proven group horse,” Appleby said. “William Buick was going to come out to ride him right up to the last minute. He was very keen but it is too busy over here, so we booked Kerrin for him.
“He has had a lot of success for us over there and he has been happy with him.”
McEvoy rode a final piece of work for D’Bai on Wednesday morning. He was happy with the feel that he has got in a couple of trips to the quarantine centre at Canterbury.
“He is a nice horse and is going to be competitive on Saturday,” he said. “He has good form reference but it is always hard to line these horses up when they come in from different places.
“He is pretty fit and ready to go.”
A son of Dubawi, D’Bai was aimed at the French Derby as a three-year-old but as he has matured Appleby has dropped him back in trip where as he has become sharper.
He was midfield in Merchant Navy’s Diamond Jubilee at Royal Ascot last year and sixth in the Maurice De Gheest at Deauville over 1300m in August.
“Having as many Dubawis as we do, it is interesting how they develop and they do get stronger and quicker. He has won over the mile,” Appleby said about the drop back from staying to sprinting.
“He is a horse that is best fresh, his best run is his first run as you can see from his form.
“I would say a turning track would suit him. He is not a hold-up horse, he likes a bit of cover. He will come over the bend and pick up well.
“We want to get through Saturday but there are races that are potentially on the radar in Brisbane.
“Once we know where we stand, but I do expect him to go well, we will make a decision on them.”
Racing writer for The Sydney Morning Herald