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Track Notes - March 23, 2011

Group One US$10 million Dubai World Cup, sponsored by Emirates Airline
Buena Vista – Buena Vista galloped on 1200m, and she covered the last 200m in 10.27 seconds. Trainer Hiroyoshi Matsuda commented, “She was very relaxed in her stable here. I am happy with her galloping today. She is superfit. Her good run can be expected on Saturday. Thanks to all of the support from Dubai Racing Club, everything has been well done so far. She will put in a slow canter tomorrow morning.”
Cape Blanco – Remains in quarantine until Thursday morning.
Fly Down – The Nick Zito-trained Fly Down has another uneventful jog Wednesday morning under exercise rider Tiffany Green. The four year old colt made his way down the chute on the All-Weather surface at Meydan, stood there for a bit before making his way to the course proper where he looked around along the outside fence before heading off for a circuit around the oval.
As Fly Down made his way around the course, Zito assistant Tim Poole kept a watchful eye as to how the son of Mineshaft was handling the synthetic course as Saturday`s Dubai World Cup will be his first start on anything other than dirt.
“As far as synthetic courses go, I think Michael`s (Dickinson, who pioneered the All-Weather surface) plays the most consistent,” Poole said. “I think it`s the best one that I`ve seen to this point. Now, having said that – let`s hope that we fare well on Saturday.
“Some horses will tend to move more smoothly on the synthetic galloping, but when you ask them to extend themselves, they`re just not as comfortable,” he continued. “Galloping over it and racing over it are two different things.”
Fly Down enters off a fifth-place finish in the Group One Donn Handicap at Gulfstream Park on February 5, but Poole thinks the horse is better than his last past performance line reads.
“We just kept waiting for him to pick it up more,” he said of the 1800m race. “It was a speed-favouring racetrack and when they let horses get away with a slow pace like that, it becomes very frustrating for a horse trying to close on a track like that. He was running his race, he just couldn`t close the kind of ground he needed to. We just left a little too much for him to do.
“Julien (jockey Leparoux) is well aware of that,” Poole added. “I think we got what we needed to out of that race. That was a good race under his belt regardless of where he finished.”
Gio Ponti – Looking every inch the champion that he is in the United States, Castleton Lyons’ Gio Ponti powered through his final serious work for the Dubai World Cup on Wednesday morning in a manner that assistant trainer Chrisophe Lorieul said surpasses his pre-Dubai World Cup training in 2010.
“I was very happy with him today. As soon as I brought him over to the rail, he was always on the bridle and did it very well within himself,” said Lorieul, who has ridden Gio Ponti for his morning exercise for several years.
Gio Ponti was not asked for speed but maintained a fairly steady pace throughout 1200m that extended past the finish line to encourage him to keep running down the entire stretch.
Lorieul said Gio Ponti apparently is benefiting from having traveled to Dubai last year, when he was a close fourth in the Dubai World Cup even though a slow early pace did not suit his closing style. Since there is not as much construction going on at Meydan this year, the high-energy six year old by Tale of the Cat has not become as nervous has he often is in new surroundings.
Trainer Christophe Clement is expected to arrive in Dubai later on Wednesday and will supervise Gio Ponti’s training on Thursday, which could include a visit to the starting gate or parade ring.
Gitano Hernando – Gitano Hernando has been sold to Raman Kadyrov and will race in his colours Saturday but will be making his final start for trainer Marco Botti before being transferred to the barn of Herman Brown.
Monterosso – Mahmoud Al Zarooni, trainer: "He has improved after winning a race on turf nicely at the beginning of this month. I have no problem with the distance of [2000m] - he does just as well over it as he has at [2400m]. He won twice on an artificial surface, Polytrack, towards the start of his career. If he likes the All-Weather surface on Saturday, then he will be thereabouts. I have Rewilding and Calvados Blues in the Dubai Sheema Classic so it makes sense to try Monterosso in the Dubai World Cup."
Poet`s Voice – Saeed bin Suroor, trainer: "He was a Group One winner in 2010 and he has looked more relaxed this year and I think the [2000m] of the Dubai World Cup will suit him. He has had one run already here in Dubai and did well that day. Poet’s Voice is another horse who I think will be fine switching to a different surface - in his case from turf to All-Weather."
Prince Bishop – Saeed bin Suroor, trainer: "He ran well on his first start of the year but needed the race. He worked really well over 1200m yesterday and I like him. Prince Bishop is improving and it looks like he handles All-Weather well."
Transcend – The Dubai World Cup contender Transcend galloped and ran steadily especially over the last 200m. Trainer Takayuki Yasuda commented, “He was galloping on this past Sunday as well, so I wanted to give him a steady gallop only for the [200m]. As far as I saw him this morning, he looked great. He eats up very well, and he came from the cold-weather country to Dubai with the warm climate, which was good for his condition. The surface of All-Weather is the first experience for me, and I thought it would not be slippery more than expected, and horse seemed to get hold the surface. He usually sets the pace or just off the pace, so inside draw will be preferable.”

Twice Over – Henry Cecil is yet to arrive in Dubai but his wife Jane was at Meydan this morning to see the triple Group One winner continue his build-up to Saturday’s feature under big-race jockey Tom Queally. The six year old looked particularly well in himself, and Cecil’s wife commented: “He worked yesterday so has just had a little canter and will do another couple of pieces of work tomorrow.”
Victoire Pisa – Victoire Pisa controlled by trainer Katsuhiko Sumii put in a leisurely canter together with stablemate Rulership for a lap on the All-Weather course.
“I wanted to check their footwork this morning, because they had a fast breeze yesterday. I think they are in good forms.”
Group One US$5 million Dubai Sheema Classic
Bourbon Bay - Trainer Neil Drysdale sent Dubai Sheema Classic hopeful Bourbon Bay out for a jog on both Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at Meydan. The Sligo Bay gelding breezed 1000m on the Meydan turf course on Monday.
“He’s doing very well. I am happy with him,” commented Drysdale.
Calvados Blues – Mahmoud Al Zarooni, trainer: "Ahmed [Ajtebi] has done a good job with this horse who used to be very keen. Calvados Blues has finished second twice, last time out in a Group Two behind Monterosso, and won this year on turf at Meydan. I am not saying he is going to win but I think he can run well in the Dubai Sheema Classic.
Champ Pegasus – Trainer Richard Mandella took his Dubai Sheema Classic contender to the main track at Meydan Wednesday morning for a 1600m gallop over the All-Weather.
The Hall of Famer had considered jogging or lightly galloping Champ Pegasus on his first day back to the track, following a 1000m work on Monday, but the son of Fusaichi Pegasus needed more.
“He looked fresh this morning,” Mandella said. “He wanted to do a little more than I had planned.”
Merely a maiden less than a year ago, Champ Pegasus has banked over US 1 million in his 11 starts.
Mandella indicated that Champ Pegasus would gallop 2400m on Thursday morning near 7:00 a.m.
Chinchon – Chinchon was one of the first horses to come on the main track where he cantered over 1000m and then went a bit faster over 1500m. Stephane Duprey, his rider and travelling head lad to trainer Carlos Laffon-Parias said: “Yesterday in the fog when he couldn’t see anything he pulled a bit and today it was the opposite. He was a bit lazy and so I went a bit faster over 1500m.
Dangerous Midge – Brian Meehan is eyeing a second win on Dubai World Cup night and is confident about the chances of Dangerous Midge after the Breeders’ Cup Turf winner appeared on the track under big-race jockey Martin Dwyer.
The five year old improved all through the season in Britain last year and followed up a Group Three success with victory in Kentucky.
Dangerous Midge cleared quarantine this morning and worked on the main track with stablemate Mantoba.
“He seems to be doing fine and I am very happy with him,” said Meehan.
“He is a fit horse so doesn’t need to do much work and today was more about getting him acclimatised with the surroundings. I will ask the starter if we can pop him through the gates later in the week to familiarise him with the stalls. He will be racing for a lot of money but he steps up every time he runs and he has a great chance.”
Deem – Deem has been a winner at each of the last two Dubai International Racing Carnivals and ran a great race to be second to Dubai World Cup hopeful Golden Sword on her most recent outing. Trained by Jerry Barton, she is running in this race for a third consecutive year and jockey Olivier Peslier said: "That was a very good run last time and she ran a big race in this last year. Of course it is a good race again but she should at least be competitive."

King Dancer – King Dancer`s trainer Sean Woods said: "He just had a nice blow out on the turf track and he went about 800m in all. I was very happy with it. The exercise was just to open his lungs up a bit and he did it well. Ryan [Moore, jockey] was also pleased with it so everything is pretty much sorted. Just hoping for a good gate in the barrier draw now. "

Laaheb – Laaheb, trained by Roger Varian, came onto the track for the first time this morning following his arrival from the UK. Premio Loco had kindly given him a lead through the tunnel and Laaheb then trotted and had a little canter. Dawn Robbins who looks after him said: “He had a trot and a [1000m] steady canter. We are very happy. He has eaten and settled in well.”
Roger Varian has taken charge of Michael Jarvis’ Newmarket stables following his retirement. Laaheb will be the first runner for Jarvis’ former assistant and the Cumberland Lodge winner cleared quarantine this morning and hack-cantered on the main track with fellow Brit Premio Loco.
Marinous – French trainer Freddy Head had taken the overnight flight from Paris to Dubai and was on the track at six o’clock in the morning to oversee the work of his two Dubai World Cup night contenders.
As every morning, Marinous got a lead of stable companion Rajsaman and Freddy Head confirmed: “As every morning they just galloped once around the track. I’m very happy with the way he looks.”
Redwood – Redwood became a true international campaigner last season winning in Canada and also taking second in the Hong Kong Vase.
He is one of two Barry Hills’ runners on Dubai World Cup night and walked around the quarantine barn this morning. He will be clear of quarantine on Thursday morning.
Rewilding – Mahmoud Al Zarooni, trainer: "He did well last year but did not stay the distance of the St Leger. He likes to run when fresh. He is a nice horse with class. I hope it is his day. He has done very well in Dubai and is happy, fresh, fit and ready to run."
Rulership – Rulership controlled by trainer Katsuhiko Sumii put in a leisurely canter together with stablemate Victoire Pisa for a lap on the All-Weather course.
“I wanted to check their footwork this morning, because they had a fast breeze yesterday. I think they are in good form.”

Group One Dubai Duty Free, sponsored by Dubai Duty Free
Bankable – Bankable may not be the easiest horse to train but Herman Brown is wishing Saturday was already here so his stable star can take his chance in a race he was second in last year and that the trainer won in 2008 with Jay Peg.
A winner over 1200m on All-Weather last time, he oozes class and Brown said: "This horse has so much ability but his legs are certainly not the best. He is fragile and we have really looked after him, thus running him in sprints on the All-Weather. He did show his real worth last time and that was a great effort.
"Saturday is fast approaching and I am just looking forward to saddling him and getting to the race. He was a bit unlucky last year and we are hoping for a bit of luck in running this time."
Beauty Flash – Trainer Tony Cruz said: "He worked on the turf track and I was very happy with him. He did exactly what I wanted him to do. He probably ran 23 seconds plus a little for his last 400m. I didn`t need him to do much as he had a race in Hong Kong just weeks ago. I just wanted to sharpen him up a little."

Beethoven – Seb Sanders has forged a successful alliance with Beethoven since his high-profile switch to Qatar and is looking forward to Saturday`s big test. He said: "It is great for Qatari racing to have runners on the world stage and this trip could prove his optimum. He handles fast ground and can hopefully surprise a few people with a big run."

Better Than Ever – Trainer Laurie Laxon said: "Looked to be alright to me! He did two rounds this morning and he ran home well the last 100m. I`m happy with him."
Debussy – Mahmoud Al Zarooni, trainer: "When we raced Debussy first time out he was really fresh and found himself in front which does not suit him. He has improved since that race and I think he will
run much better in the Dubai Duty Free, especially as he is back on turf after trying All-Weather."
Derbaas – Excitement is mounting at Grandstand Stables as Champion Trainer Ali Rashid Al Raihe tries to win the race for the second year in succession. Derbaas is his hope this year and the trainer clearly feels he has a chance of emulating Al Shemali who won it in 2010. He said: "The horse is in great form and nice and fresh. He seems a happy, healthy horse who has done nothing but improve all season. Hopefully he can continue to do so on Saturday."

Mendip – Saeed bin Suroor, trainer: "Mendip worked on Monday over [1000m] and pleased me. He has won two races here this year and I think the [1800m] of the Dubai Duty Free will suit him. He came back well from his last race and is ready to go again. I think he will be fine switching to turf."
Presvis – Wigmore Hall had Presvis hot on his heels in third in the Jebel Hatta and Luca Cumani’s runner arrived on the track in company with his rival.
“He just had another canter around and all went fine,” commented Cumani.

Rajsaman – Rajsaman, trained by Freddy Head, went for a canter on the main track this morning. He gave his stable mate Marinous a lead and his trainer said: “They are not going to do any more serious work before the race and I’m happy the way he looks. I think both of my horses have improved since I last saw them.”
Strawberrydaiquiri – Bahrain are also represented and owner/trainer Fawzi Nass has booked Johnny Murtagh for Strawberrydiquiri. Nass said: "Ryan Moore is not available but Johnny is a world class jockey. This race has been the plan all along and we managed to get a prep race in but it was a bit of a rush as she arrived later than ideal in the UAE.
"She had no luck at all last time and has come on a lot from that. With luck and a clear passage she should go well before she goes to America to race, assuming all goes well Saturday."
Tazeez – Tazeez signed off 2011 on a high with back-to-back wins and John Gosden’s seven year old cleared quarantine this morning.
The His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum-owned gelding had his first taste of his new surroundings with a walk onto the main track just after 6am.
Victor’s Cry – Equilete Stable’s Group One winner Victors Cry returned to Meydan`s All-Weather track on Wednesday following a day off and stretched his legs with some light exercise.
“He just jogged and cantered a little,” said trainer Eoin Harty. “He seemed good.”
A son of 2002 Dubai World Cup winner Street Cry, Victors Cry has been very relaxed in Dubai, almost as if he is on vacation and enjoying the exotic locale.
“If he could find himself a girlfriend, he’d be in heaven, because that the only thing he’s missing,” quipped Harty.
Wigmore Hall – Michael Bell arrived in Dubai on Tuesday evening and was at Meydan to oversee Wigmore Hall’s exercise.
The four year old son of High Chaparral stormed down the centre of the track to land the Jebel Hatta on his Dubai debut earlier this month and has thrived since then.
“He seems very happy and well in himself and was squealing on the way back to the barn and that is what you want in a racehorse,” Bell said.
“He had a blowout in the home straight which shows his wind is clear and he is happy and healthy.
“He is squealing and content in himself which is a good sign. We sent him to Arlington last year and he finished second and that proved that he can travel.
“The chips are far bigger out here than in the UK so it made sense to then come here. The [Dubai] Sheema Classic is a tough race with horses from all over the world but I left improvement in him so to win his trial was a bonus. He will run here and then be off to Hong Kong and Singapore.”

Group One US$2 million Dubai Golden Shaheen, sponsored by Gulf News
Charlie’s Moment – Saeed bin Suroor, trainer: "Charlie’s Moment won really well on his first start for us at Meydan last month. He showed plenty of speed and a good turn of foot – [1200m] is his trip and he is working well. He is a typical sprinter."
Dim Sum & Sunny King – Trainer John Moore said: “They just went gently round the All-Weather surface. Dim Sum was ridden by Darren Beadman and my trackwork rider was on Sunny King and they both took it pretty easily. Both are well. Dim Sum nicked his knee on the flight over but that is healing up well. Sunny King is in great form, eating up and doing everything right and he is really at home on the surface here having been such a good horse on the Polytrack in England before we got him.”
Dim Sum`s jockey Darren Beadman added: “He felt good. Didn’t ask him to do much but he was comfortable on the surface. My leg feels okay too. I had a mishap in the stalls in Hong Kong on Sunday and had to go to hospital and missed my ride in the Derby but I went to a Chinese doctor who was able to treat it and manipulate it and though it still feels a little tender this morning I’ll be fine to ride on Saturday.”
Dynamic Blitz – Raymond Tam, assistant/trackwork rider to trainer Ricky Yiu, said: “Just another easy canter on the All-Weather. He is fine, he’s had a very good preparation and his trainer Ricky will be here tomorrow morning.”
Euroears – While two-time Dubai World Cup winning trainer Bob Baffert remained busy handling media interview requests on Wednesday, his Dubai Golden Shaheen entrant Euroears spent his morning eating, walking and enjoying some desert sunshine.
The big seven year old earned a day off by turning in a solid breeze on Tuesday as he prepares to take on defending Dubai Golden Shaheen champion Kinsale King, Singapore Horse of the Year Rocket Man and seven other challengers.
Baffert reported that Euroears emerged from the workout in good order and continues to eat well. “He’s just a laid-back dude. Nothing bothers him,” Baffert said.
Euroears has drawn post seven and will be ridden by American Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith.
Green Birdie – Green Birdie from Hong Kong is still in quarantine having only arrived in Dubai on Tuesday.
Kinsale King – The defending champion of the 1200m race again stayed in the quarantine area and had a “roll in the pen” according to trainer Carl O`Callaghan.
“We`ll probably jog him tomorrow and that will be it,” he said.
Assessing his chances for a repeat in the US$2 million race O`Callaghan said, “I`ll leave (strategy) in Rafael`s (jockey Bejarano) hands. I think we`ll know more how the race might play out as it gets closer and people start talking a little bit more.
“He probably won`t go to the gate again,” he added. “He`s a really good gate horse. Sometimes he`s a little bit sluggish but otherwise he`s good.”
Rocket Man – Trainer Patrick Shaw said: "He just did two easy canters this morning. He traveled well, is eating well, all is well. He`s put on weight. I`m very happy."

Group Two US$2 million UAE Derby, sponsored By The Saeed & Mohammed Al Naboodah Group
Ahlaain – Trainer David Simcock’s wife Jenny was again aboard the experienced Ahlaain, and she said: “I walked him through the stalls this morning just to do something different as he reared coming out of the stalls on his last run here.
“He had never done it back in England and hopefully he won’t do it again. He also had a breeze around the track as he cantered yesterday.”
Alexander Pope, Master of Hounds – Remain in quarantine until Thursday morning.
Introvert – Introvert (Ahmed Ajtebi): Mahmoud Al Zarooni: "He has improved a lot since winning his last race over [1600m]. We had been running him at the wrong trip before that – [1400m]. When we stepped him up to a mile Introvert was much better and the extra distance of the UAE Derby could suit him even more."
Khawlah – Saeed bin Suroor, trainer: "She ran a huge race last time to win the UAE Oaks. She also worked pleasingly on Monday over [800m] and is a tough filly. The trip suits her and she came
back very well from her victory last month. Khawlah is a professional filly - she does everything easily and keeps improving all the time."
Laser Bullet – Running for the UAE Derby, Laser Bullet had a steady gallop on the All-Weather surface, clocked last 400m in 20.8 seconds. Trainer Kiyoshi Hagiwara commented, “Totally speaking, he is in a very good condition. I think this climate makes him improve the condition. He is still three years old, but he has traveled well. I wanted to check how he reacted when he was pushed hard in today’s galloping, but he answered sharply. I am happy with that, but I think he can be one more step-up until the steady action on Saturday.”

Mantoba – The Noverre colt won two races in England last summer but did not fare so well in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf when finishing 10th of the 12 runners.
He cleared quarantine this morning and stepped out on to the main track with stablemate Dangerous Midge and had some gentle exercise.
Trainer Brian Meehan said: “We took him to the Breeders’ Cup where he was drawn on the fence and the way the face unfolded did not suit him. He is progressive, I think the All-Weather will suit him and this looks a sensible race. It is a US$2 million race so why stay at home.”

Splash Point – Mahmoud Al Zarooni: "Splash Point has improved with every race and I expect him to do so again. He has learned from each race and what I like about him is that he is very honest and tries his best. He can be up with the pace or sit behind -I think he has a good chance."
Sweet Ducky – A day after he worked 800m, Sweet Ducky returned to the track for a light gallop with jockey Tom Queally aboard. Trainer Herman Brown Jr. said that the Pulpit colt, who has been displaying good energy, was asked to quicken down the stretch.
“He was quite full of himself this morning,” Brown said, adding that he expects Sweet Ducky to really improve as he matures. “He’s going to be a good horse in six months time.”
Utley – John Gosden’s Smart Strike colt shed his maiden tag at Yarmouth last September before finding the company too hot with mid-field finishes in Group company at Longchamp and at the Breeders’ Cup.
The three year old cleared quarantine this morning and had a walk on to the main track with stablemate Tazeez.
Xin Xu Lin – Mahmoud Al Zarooni, trainer: "He has not raced for us yet but he has shown that he is a nice horse. He won a Group One in Argentina over [2400m]. He has class, this horse, but he won on soft ground and we will have to see how he gets on with the All-Weather and a bad draw in 13. Xin Xu Lin is a front-runner but I believe he will be there at the finish.”
Group Two US$1 million Godolphin Mile, sponsored by Etisalat
As De Trebol – The Mauricio Delcher-Sanchez trained As de Trebol did his final piece of work on Wednesday morning in view of his bid in the Godolphin Mile. Ridden as usual by Diana, he cantered over 1300m and his trainer confirmed: “He is really well. He went a bit faster over the last 400m and that will have been his final piece of work before Saturday. From now on he will just go a steady canter in the morning.”
Crowded House – Trainer Ben Cecil is making two key changes with Crowded House as he heads into Saturday`s Godolphin Mile – putting the blinkers back on the horse and changing riders to American-based jockey Joel Rosario.
“Nothing against Ryan (Moore, the jockey who rode him in his two previous starts at the Carnival) who didn`t do anything wrong,” Cecil explained. “But with the horse going back to America after this race, I thought we`d try something different. I think Joel is an up and coming rider and he`s ridden him before.”
Drawing post seven in the 14-horse line-up, Cecil is hopeful his horse will perform better than his two previous starts at the Carnival – a seventh-place finish in second round of the Group Three Al Maktoum Challenge and a ninth-place finish in the Group Three Burj Nahaar.
“I would have like to have drawn a little more outside,” Cecil said, “but I really think putting the blinkers back on will make a big difference. He showed no interest in his last race. He`s acting better coming up to this race than either of his last two.”
Crowded House galloped 2000m on the training track this morning and will continue to be jogged into Saturday`s race.

I Want Revenge – Wednesday morning at Meydan I Want Revenge jogged 1600m with Michelle Nevin aboard, in preparation for the Godolphin Mile. Nevin, assistant trainer to Richard Dutrow, then walked the nearly black colt to the starting gate to stand.
The American contingent, stabled in the quarantine facility at Meydan, is allowed to train from 5:00 until 7:30 a.m. Chip Dutrow, brother of trainer Rick Dutrow, spelled-out the tight schedule for both I Want Revenge and stablemate Stradivinsky. The routine includes a 30-minute walk from the barn to the track.
“We’re on the track no later than quarter to six,” said Dutrow. “We always go with I Want Revenge first. When we get back we go with the next one right away.”
Michelle Nevin said that I Want Revenge will back him up to the wire and gallop 2400m on Thursday.
Premio Loco – Premio Loco kindly gave new arrival Laaheb a lead through the tunnel to join the main track at Meydan. Premio Loco than went for a steady canter over 1000m. Kevin Parsons, who rode him, said: “He is really well and we are very pleased with him. All the new arrivals were a bit fresh this morning, but for Premio Loco it’s all business as usual.”
Chris Wall’s six year old had a fruitful British campaign last summer landing the Summer Mile and Ascot and also finishing third behind Rip Van Winkle in the Sussex Stakes.
Red Jazz – Barry Hills has had two previous runners on Dubai World Cup night without success and sends two runners over this year.
His Challenge Stakes winner will clear quarantine tomorrow morning and was given a walk inside the quarantine barn today.
Rileyskeepingfaith – Mahmoud Al Zarooni trainer said: "When he arrived and I looked at his form, he’d always been running over 1200m and so we tried him over that distance. Rileyskeepingfaith
finished second on turf but was being chased along from the stalls through to the end of the race. We thought it might be the surface so we tried him on All-Weather over the same distance. I think he ran a little
bit better on the All-Weather to be fourth but it was still the same - getting chased along from the stalls. He did not have the speed at the beginning of [1200m] races. So I went to His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and he said that this horse was not being given the chance to travel so find him a race where he can travel. We looked for [1400m] races but there were none so we had to go for a big jump in distance, from [1200m] to a [1600m]. But he won the race nicely and showed us that he is much better at [1600m]. That success was on the turf and now he is going back to All-Weather for the Godolphin Mile so I don’t really know how he will perform on that surface.. If he handles the All-Weather, he will run well."
Skysurfers – Saeed bin Suroor, trainer: "He is doing well – he always does well when he is fresh. He is in good form and working fine. Skysurfers worked on Monday and I was really happy with him - he
had a good blow-out over four furlongs. He is sound, happy, healthy and ready to go."
Zafeen Speed – Wayne Smith is delighted with the progress of Zafeen Speed, trained by his boss Musabah Al Muhairi, throughout the season and was impressed by the gelding`s last piece of work. He said: "We worked him just the other day and he went very well; he felt to me as if he has improved again from his last run. He is certainly going the right way and, whatever he does Saturday, is an exciting horse for next year.
"It is great for the yard to get a runner on the big night and reward for all who have worked so hard throughout the season."
Group Two US$1 million Al Quoz Sprint, sponsored By Emirates NBD
Better Be The One – Michael Freedman, trainer said: "Danny [Beasley, jockey] rode this morning. The aim was to familiarize him with the 1000m course. He has been up the straight before at Flemington but it`s just the sheer size of the grandstand and all the other bits and pieces for him to look at. Depending how he is overnight we might let him stride up a bit more tomorrow and then that will probably be it for him."

Invincible Ash – Tadgh O’Shea partnered Mick Halford’s mare in a workout on the All-Weather ahead of her run over 1000m on Saturday.
Although the jockey does not ride her at the weekend, he was able to give positive feedback to connections about the six year old, who raced four times at the Dubai International Racing Carnival.
“She needs to up her game on Saturday night but I think she will run a big race,” O`Shea said. “Mick will be here before the big race and she is a very straightforward filly who has no quirks and she just does her thing.
“She has been here since January and I think it is good that she has been here for a while.
“She is going up for a lot of money and needs to be at the top of her game but hopefully she can get a share of the pie.”
Mar Adentro – French trainer and former jump jockey Richard Chotard was at Meydan on Wednesday morning to oversee a stall test of his Al Quoz Sprint hope Mar Adentro. Ridden by Julien Guyot, he passed the test with flying colours and Richard Chotard explained: “He has a habit of pulling up his head in the stalls and it was important for me that the starter could get a look at him before the race. Now he’ll know what to look for on the day and to wait for his head to come back down before opening the gates. Mar Adentro then cantered over 1200m.”
Mr Gruff – Trainer Ron Ellis arrived from California on Tuesday evening and had his first look at Meydan Racecourse and was suitably impressed with the mammoth facility.
“It`s pretty amazing,” Ellis said. “It`s very exciting to even be here.”
Mr Gruff had an easy jog with California-based trainer Carl O`Callaghan again in the saddle.
“He`s been helping me out,” Ellis said of his fellow trainer with whom he shares a barn at Hollywood Park. “I figured he had a little experience doing this. He`s been a great help. The horse seems good.. He`s nice and relaxed.
“He worked pretty hard before he left (Hollywood Park),” Ellis said. “He went 59 (seconds for about 1000m). He should be fit enough to go five-eighths of a mile. I`m not too worried (about his fitness), he`s worked a bunch. I just want him to feel good.”
The Group Two Al Quoz Sprint will be the first start for the son of Mr. Greely since a third-place finish int the Group One Shoemaker Mile at Hollywood Park last May.
“He can`t really put to many races together,” Ellis said of the gelding. “He has back problems and after two or three starts in a row, he gets a bit sore. He can be a world-class sprinter when he`s on his game. He`s fit enough and I like to ship him when he`s fresh. He`s seven years old now, so we can concentrate on pointing him to big races around the world. Depending how he does here, there`s a race at Ascot in June we might shoot for.”
Quick Enough – Assistant trainer Leandro Mora experienced some déjà vu Wednesday when he watched Quick Enough breeze 600m (about three furlongs) under Humberto Gomez on the All-Weather track.
“He reminds me of Big Jag,” Mora said, referring to the 2000 Dubai Golden Shaheen winner he worked with while an assistant to trainer Tim Pinfield. “I call him Big Jag Jr. and I like him very, very much. I have a great feeling about him in the race and I even got a few chills watching him this morning and thinking about it.”
A seven year old gelding, Quick Enough is coming off a strong win in the Sensational Star Handicap at Santa Anita Park on February 27. Owned by a partnership including Suarez Racing, which also campaigned 2006 American champion sprinter Thor’s Echo, Quick Enough set all the pace and completed the (1300m) on turf in 1:13.52.
Quick Enough has drawn post ten in the 16-horse field and will be ridden by Rafael Bejarano, who will wear Suarez’s well-known silks bearing the Superman logo.
Sole Power – The Nunthorpe winner has not raced since spring a 100-1 shock at York last August and was given a breeze on the Turf course ahead of his Meydan debut.
Trainer Eddie Lynam said: "He has travelled here in good form. He is a very fresh horse as he has not raced since last August but he is fit and ready for this race and he goes well fresh."

Stradivinsky – Stradivinsky jogged 1600m at Meydan Wednesday morning with Michelle Nevin aboard. Trainer Rick Dutrow’s brother Chip looked on.
“He did a basic jog and stood in the gate,” Chip said. “And things are well.”
Stradivinsky has drawn post 14 of 16 in the Al Quoz Sprint, sponsored by Emirates NBD. Julien Leparoux will ride.
The eight year old Stradivinsky began his career in October 2005 at Belmont Park. He has raced for six trainers in his 35 starts and has learned how to look after himself.
“He’s very girthy and he protects himself when you put the girth and saddle on,” said Chip Dutrow.
“He gives you that cow kick and fake buck, you know. Just to let you know to go easy,” Dutrow continued.
But Stradivinsky’s connections have a soft spot for the big bay gelding and keep him happy with a few minor adjustments when he trains. “Michelle goes straight off with him. She doesn’t back him up,” said Dutrow. He gets too uptight if you back him up so we go straight off with him.”
And the attention to detail has the veteran sprinter in the right frame of mind.
“He’s doing great,” commented Dutrow. “He’s a character. He’s fun to be with.”
Triple Aspect – William Haggas’ sole runner on Dubai World Cup night cleared quarantine this morning and was given a walk to the track by the trainer’s wife Maureen.
The five year old has never raced outside of England and has been absent since finishing mid-field at Ascot in October.
War Artist – French trainer Rob Collet had arrived in time to see War Artist’s workout on Wednesday morning. He told us: “He will only do some light work now until Saturday. I’m very, very happy with him. The horse seems very well in himself. If he looks like this on Saturday, I’m confident he will give his best performance.”