Green Grass Of Dubai Proves Strong Draw For Bob le Beau

Jessica Harrington`s First Dubai Runner Makes Debut Thursday

Successful duel-code trainer, Jessica Harrington suspects a winter in Dubai may be just what the doctor ordered, not only for herself but also for her fast-ground-loving runner, Bob le Beau.

“I`m recovering from a terrible cold,” said Harrington, who trains in Ireland. “It`s great to get to a warmer climate for a little while. I`m also excited to get Bob le Beau on the turf track here. He loves fast ground and last year at home was a complete washout. I`ve been looking forward to having him out here after running in a bog all season.”

Harrington`s impressive CV bristles with major jumps racing success stories, including that of multiple Grade 1-winning stable star, Moscow Flyer and current Supreme Novice Hurdle favourite, Jezki.

On the flat Harrington has enjoyed Group 1 and Group 2 wins with Pathfork, as well as a Group 2 victory with Laughing Lashes and multiple Group 3 success with Jumbajukiba among many other victories.

The former eventer, who was twice placed at the internationally-renowned Badminton Horse Trials and was last summer involved as backroom staff with the Irish Olympic eventing team, has been targeting Bob le Beau at Dubai for a while.

Going by his 2011 form, the 100-rated Bob le Beau holds a genuine chance in the Dubai Duty Free Full of Surprises Handicap, where he takes on 15 including India`s multiple Classic-winning mare, In the Spotlight.

The six-year-old Bob le Beau was a 10-length second behind Dubai World Cup fourth and multiple Group 1 winner, So You Think and runner-up by three-and-a-half lengths to last season`s Al Fahidi Fort Winner, Viscount Nelson.

“If you look at his record from last year and his record from the season before that it`s like two different horses,” said Harrington, who also trains the Group 1 Yorkshire Oaks fifth, Bible Belt, a full sister to Bob le Beau.

“Essentially you can draw a line through his 2012 form; we had a disastrous season in the wet and eventually we just rested him and planned to bring him out here for some faster ground.

“He`s been in Dubai since January 5 and he seems to be in good form. He travelled very well and he`s pretty bright in himself. Last season he just lost his sparkle a little bit but he seems to be going the right way now.”