Five timer looming for Bin Suroor or De Kock?

DUBAL are the generous sponsors of Thursday`s fifth meeting of the 2011 Dubai International Racing Carnival highlighted by the Group Three UAE 2000 Guineas over 1600m on the All-Weather track.

Both Saeed bin Suroor and Mike De Kock have saddled the winner of the first colts` Classic on four occasions and look to have good chances of making it five. The 1400m Trial race was won impressively by De Kock`s Zanzamar and the winner of that race has won the last four renewals of this one.

De Kock saddled Asiatic Boy, Honour Devil and Musir to win both races and has high hopes of repeating that success with Zanzamar. He said: "The 1600m is going to suit him much better and he has improved for that run. This does look a better race, as you would expect, and there are a couple in there we do not know a lot about but I am happy with Zanzamar and expect a big run."

Mahmood Al Zarooni saddles both Splash Point and Bridgefield who chased home De Kock`s horse last time.

Bin Suroor introduces Buffum to local action on his first start for the yard. Previously trained in his native America, he won his debut before struggling when upped in class.

He has been pleasing his new trainer though: "He seems to really enjoy the [All-Weather] surface and has been going very nicely at home. He will come on for the run but we are hoping he can go close."

Paulinho, a Group One winner in his native Argentina, will be having his second start for Herman Brown who said: "He ran well enough first time and would maybe have won with a clear passage. He needed that and has improved a lot since. It is a better race obviously but he should run well."

De Kock, Bin Suroor and Brown are all represented in the Listed Firebreak Stakes, also on the All-Weather and over 1600m.

Brown`s sole representative is Bankable who was an eye-catcher over 1200m on his return. Runner-up in last year`s Group One Dubai Duty Free, he is one of several class performers in this race and Brown said: "We were very pleased with that comeback and this is more his trip. He handles the surface well and we hope he goes close in a good race."

Skysurfers won this last year for Bin Suroor who also has Group One winner Gayego and Lochniver among the 14 runners.

The trainer said: "Skysurfers seems a better horse in Dubai, loves the surface and thrives in the weather. Gayego is a Group 1 horse but is badly drawn, while Lochniver is a nice horse who has improved for his first run."

De Kock`s Imbongi was third behind Bankable in last year`s Dubai Duty Free and was a good second in the opening round of the Al Maktoum Challenge. The handler also has last year`s dual Classic winner Musir in the field, as well as Frosty Secret and the trainer is looking forward to the race: "Musir is really pleasing us in his work and is as fit as we can get him at home. The Dubai World Cup remains the target and this is the ideal start point. Imbongi is a quality performer and Frosty Secret a tough, genuine horse and all three should run well in what looks a great race."

Dandy Boy, representing Ireland, Cat Junior, now trained in Scandinavia, Doug Watson`s Green Coast are all Carnival winners and have to be respected in a cracking contest.