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Group 1 Dubai Sheema Classic, presented by Longines Preview

Only 10 have been declared for the Group 1 Dubai Sheema Classic, presented by Longines over 2410m on the turf, but it is a select field of horses mostly proven at the highest level.

Aidan O`Brien would appear to have a very strong hand with both Treasure Beach, winner of last year`s Group 1 Irish Derby having been denied in the dying strides in the English equivalent and multiple Group 1 winner St Nicholas Abbey.

The trainer`s son, Joseph, rides the latter and the pair made history when landing last year`s Group 1 Breeders` Cup Turf with the jockey becoming the youngest ever to ride a winner at America`s flagship meeting.

Also doubly represented is South African Mike de Kock and Bold Silvano runs here having been re-routed from the Dubai World Cup race after two disappointing all-weather runs this year.

His turf form in their homeland was very good and he is one of the night`s most interesting runners given the switch of surfaces. Always held in the highest regard, hopefully he can bounce back on turf.

He will be ridden by Christophe Soumillon with Kevin Shea on stable companion Mahbooba who will appreciate the step up to this trip having won twice over 1,800m at the Dubai World Cup Carnival, one of which was the Group 2 Balanchine.

With Soumillon retained to partner Bold Silvano, Olivier Peslier picks up the plum spare ride on French challenger Cirrus Des Aigles, winner of last year`s Champion Stakes at Ascot when beating Dubai World Cup favourite So You Think.

Peslier`s mount was also being aimed at the world`s most valuable horse race but connections elected for this race after he was beaten by Zazou and Peslier in a trial race at Chantilly four weeks ago.

William Haggas saddles the unbeaten four-year-old Beaten Up who did not race as a juvenile but won all three starts last year working through maiden and conditions company to land the Group 3 St Simon Stakes at Newbury. This is obviously a big step up in class but the horse has done nothing wrong thus far.

Marco Botti trains Jakkalberry, a second runner for the UK and one who will be hoping for a good gallop as he was staying on well over 2,810m last time in the Group 3 Nad Al Sheba Trophy to finish third.

Godolphin have three runners with Frankie Dettori riding Cavalryman, one of two trained by Saeed bin Suroor. He was just in front of stable companion Songcraft (the pair dead heated for third in the Group 2 Dubai City of Gold) on Super Sarurday when Shimraan, trained by fellow Godolphin handler Mahmoud Al Zarooni, was well beaten.