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Godolphin`s Blue Creek Bids for Repeat Win on Racing at Meydan Card

Blue Creek landed the EGA Billet Trophy on January 1, 2016 and bids for more success in Saturday`s Al Naboodah Cargo Trophy

Credit: Dubai Racing Club//Andrew Watkins

Saturday’s Racing at Meydan fixture, sponsored by the Saeed & Mohammed Al Naboodah Group, is set to feature interesting runners from the yards of both Mike de Kock and Godolphin.

Godolphin trainer Charlie Appleby saddles Blue Creek, winner of a trial at Meydan before winning his only official start to date when scoring emphatically in a 1600m course maiden, on New Year`s Day.

He faces seven rivals in a handicap over the same 1600m and, as the only three-year-old in the race, is receiving weight from the remaining seven runners.

A crack at the UAE 2000 Guineas was considered but Appleby has elected for this seemingly easier option.

“He has come out of that race very well indeed and this looks the ideal spot for him,” said Appleby. “He improved for the experience he gained in the trial and showed the benefit of that winning his maiden.

“This looks a great opportunity to get another race into him to continue his education and we hope he can carry on progressing against some seasoned handicappers.

“He is an unfurnished type of colt and one we will not see the very best of until he steps up in trip so expect his next start to be over further.”

It would be something of a surprise were he to taste defeat with the Satish Seemar-trained Hammurabi perhaps the one to benefit should he fail to fire.

The penultimate handicap, also on dirt, is over 2000m and De Kock, whose team were in treble-winning form in the Dubai World Cup Carnival meeting at Meydan on Thursday, looks to have found a good opportunity for his Baroot.

Winner of a 1900m maiden a fortnight ago, he was wining at the seventh attempt and on his third UAE outing. A four-year-old, he relished the step up in trip on that occasion, having been noted staying on in a 1400m handicap two weeks earlier.

“He handles the dirt well and the extra 200m should suit him,” said De Kock. “He won in style that day but it was a poor race so he will need to raise his game on Saturday.

“He has a nice low weight and Wayne Smith, who has been aboard for his three local runs, gets on well with him. Hopefully, he will at least go close as we think he may be better than his rating suggests now we have stepped him up in trip.”

The weights are headed by Mizbah, winner of two of his three starts this season for Doug Watson. He made all over 2200m in a handicap four weeks ago and could try and do so again with Pat Dobbs in the saddle as he was last time.

Dobbs and Watson also appear to have a major chance in the concluding 1400m turf handicap with Charlie Croker, winner of a similar race over 1200m a fortnight ago. He stayed on strongly that day, suggesting the extra 200m will suit him.

The other turf handicap, over 1800m, has attracted the maximum field of 16 and looks wide open. Mickael Barzalona has his one ride on the card, partnering Torchlighter for Salem bin Ghadayer.

Bin Ghadayer also saddles Hunters Creek in the same race. He was impressive when winning, over 2200m at Abu Dhabi on his penultimate start before disappointing there on his most recent start, 13 days ago.

Royston Ffrench, in the saddle for both those outings, retains the ride.

The meeting features the return of the popular Terrace Brunch - a family-friendly afternoon of dining and entertainment for AED300 all inclusive.

Gates open at 2pm and the first race starts at 4pm.

General admission to Meydan Racecourse is free and there are hospitality packages to suit every budget.

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