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Group 2 UAE Derby, sponsored by The Saeed and Mohammed Al Naboodah Group

One of the most amazing Dubai World Cup meeting statistics looks in serious danger this year in the Group 2 UAE Derby, sponsored by The Saeed and Mohammed Al Naboodah Group; introduced in 2000, only two trainers have ever saddled the winner but Godolphin handler Saeed bin Suroor (seven wins China Visit 2000, Express Tour 2001, Essence of Dubai 2002, Victory Moon 2003, Blues and Royals 2005, Discreet Cat 2006 and Regal Ransom 2009) is not represented this year leaving Mickdaam to seek a sixth win in the 1,900m all-weather contest for South African Mike De Kock.

Winner of the Al Bastakiya on Super Saturday over course and distance, De Kock`s charge should have little to fear from those he beat on that occasion but he faces stiff new competition from overseas.

These are headed by Godolphin runner Helmet, having his final start for Australian Peter Snowden for whom he is a multiple Group 1 winner, including in last year`s Caulfield Guineas.

Mahmoud Al Zarooni saddles the other two Godolphin runners, like Helmet already Classic winners (he won the Group 1 Australian Guineas). UAE 2000 Guineas winner Kinglet was put firmly in his place by Mickdaam on Super Saturday in the Listed Al Bastakiya, while UAE Oaks heroine Falls Of Lora will find this a lot tougher than her sole local start (though Bin Suroor`s Khawlah did win both races last year).

Irish Champion Trainer Aidan O`Brien was narrowly denied in this last year when Master Of Hounds just failed and he has two major chances this year with Group 1 Breeders` Cup Juvenile Turf winner Wrote joined by Group 2 Royal Lodge Stakes victor Daddy Long Legs.

British William Haggas trains Entifaadha who was just denied on his local debut in the Listed Meydan Classic on turf. He looks set to be a final career ride for the retiring Richard Hills.

Haggas` charge was narrowly denied by fellow UK raider Burano, trained by Brian Meehan and Red Duke is a fascinating third runner for England. He is trained by John Quinn and should be competitive in what appears an open race.

Lucky Chappy will surely be the smallest runner in the race but his lack of size should not deflect from his undoubted ability, while Japanese challenger Genten has been pleasing connection since arriving in Dubai.

Maritimer has his first start for South African Herman Brown and France are doubly represented with the unbeaten Balada Sale, having his first outing for Pascal Bary joined by Yang Tse Kiang who won a trial race at Chantilly just over three weeks ago.