JOCKEY William Buick paid tribute to Dubai Sheema Classic-winning partner Dar Re Mi - and his new boss John Gosden - after arriving back in Britain on Sunday.
Despite Buick's superlatives, Dar Re Me, who is owned by Lord and Lady Lloyd Webber, is unlikely to reach any new peaks from the official handicappers, but she is tops with her jockey, who was having his first Group 1 ride for Gosden.
Speaking on At The Races at Doncaster, Buick, said of the five-year-old mare: "She's exceptional and she gave me such a good ride last night. Everything was so straightforward and, apart from Sea The Stars and Conduit, she had the best form that was about last year.
"I was at no point put under pressure. Mr Gosden never put me under any pressure and it's great to ride for people like that. "I enjoyed it and the filly gave me plenty of confidence. It was a great buzz. It was a nice way to start the year, it couldn't have been any better. I just want to do my best and take it from there. I've no real targets as you can be disappointed."
There are certainly targets and a score to settle in the minds of Dar Re Mi's connections with a trip back to the Breeders' Cup, although the Filly & Mare Turf is under consideration this year after her third to Conduit in the Turf event at Santa Anita.
Before that, the Prix Vermeille, in which she was controversially disqualified after winning last year, was mentioned. All the Group 1 mid-summer races were also spoken about in the heat of the desert, including the Coronation Cup and King George but, after the dust settled, Royal Ascot was put at the head of the list after a break back in Newmarket. The Yorkshire Oaks, which she won last year, is also being considered.
General opinion among official handicappers at Meydan on Saturday was that Dar Re Mi did not run up to her 120 rating in the World Racehorse Rankings despite the Group 1 win.
The latest rankings are published on Thursday and Mike Wanklin, racing director and handicapper for the Singapore Turf Club, praised Gosden's role in Dar Re Mi's victory.
"That was some training performance," Wanklin said.
"Dar Re Mi has obviously shown her class, and to win this race first time out, and over a mile and a half, is a remarkably good feat of training. John Gosden deserves an enormous amount of credit."
Buick echoed the handicapper's view.
"It was a great training performance," he added. "Everyone knows how cold the winter has been here. I got back from Dubai after Super Thursday and she looked a million dollars. She had a nice coat and looked really well even though it had been -3C in Newmarket.
"We've got a great team and it's credit to everyone there. It's always a team effort."