Michael Bell plots Dubai course for Wigmore Hall

MICHAEL BELL has mapped out an ambitious international campaign for his leading three-year-old Wigmore Hall early next year which is to kick off with a tilt at the Dubai World Cup at Meydan in March.

If all goes well in Dubai Bell then intends to target the Audemars Piguet QE II Cup in Hong Kong in April before taking the son of High Chaparral to Singapore the following month for the Singapore Airlines International Cup at Kranji.

Wigmore Hall acquitted himself well on his only previous foreign trip when finishing runner-up to Paddy O`Prado in the Grade 1 Secretariat Stakes at Arlington in August.

More recently, Wigmore Hall again ran well in defeat when beaten only four lengths into fifth behind Twice Over in the Champion Stakes at Newmarket in October.

Bell said: "We are hoping that Wigmore Hall can become our first ever runner in Dubai. We intend running him in a trial out there on `Super Thursday` to see how he handles Tapeta before deciding whether to go for the World Cup.

"He hasn`t run on the all-weather here before but works well on it so we are hopeful. If not, we can revert to grass for races like the Sheema Classic or Dubai Duty Free Stakes."

He added: "Beyond that, we would be looking at valuable Group 1 contests in Hong Kong and Singapore with him."

Posted on by David Milnes