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Zabeel Mile Highlight Of Estrela Energia Card

Carnival Winner Trade Storm Steps Up To Group Company

Just four weeks before the 2013 $10million Dubai Word Cup, Stefan Friborg, the owner of the 2010 Dubai World Cup winner, Gloria de Campeao, is the fitting sponsor of Saturday’s ninth meeting of the Dubai World Cup Carnival, when his Stud Estrela Energia puts its name to a high class Meydan card worth $1.1m.

The undoubted highlight is the Group 2 Zabeel Mile in which the Mahmoud Al Zarooni-trained Fulbright, having his third start of the year, again has to concede weight to his rivals as he is penalised for his win in the Group 2 Dubai Challenge Stakes at Newmarket in October when trained by Mark Johnston.

Al Zarooni, who won this in 2011 with Rileyskeepingfaith and saddled Now Spun to win Thursday’s Meydan Classic, said: “He has run well on both his starts so far and continues in good form at home. He has perhaps not enjoyed a lot of luck so far so hopefully everything can fall into place this time but it is a good contest and that penalty makes the task more difficult obviously.

Three of the eight declared runners have already won at Meydan this year, including Royal Ridge, one of two in the race for Mike De Kock who also saddles Musir, having a second start since an aborted spell at stud. The South African is seeking a fourth win in the race, first run in 2007 and said: “Musir ran really well on his comeback before tiring close home. That was only last week though but we need to get another run into him to get towards peak fitness.

“Royal Ridge is hopefully improving and won on the all-weather last time but the return to turf should be fine. We are hopeful.”

UK raider Trade Storm steps up from handicap company having easily won an 1800m handicap last time, from Thursday’s final race winner Anaerobio. Jamie Spencer again rides for trainer David Simcock who said: “That was a good win last time and the form has been franked so he deserves this step up in class. It is a good race but he is in great form.”

The main support race is the Group 3 Nad Al Sheba Trophy and Group 1 Irish St Leger winner Royal Diamond is one of four Irish-trained runners in the 2810m turf contest. Johnny Murtagh will be having his first ride of the UAE season and trainer Tommy Carmody will be saddling his first runner at Meydan.

Also from Ireland is Saddler’s Rock, winner of last year’s Group 2 Goodwood Cup having beaten Godolphin’s subsequent 2012 Dubai Gold Cup winner Opinion Poll in the 2011 Doncaster Cup. He is trained by John Oxx.

De Kock saddles Star Empire, a course and distance handicap winner on his most recent outing when chased home by Godolphin’s Ahzeemah (Saeed bin Suroor) and Certerach, a third runner for Ireland. He is trained by Mick Halford, while the fourth Irish representative, Chicago, was fifth in that same race.

The Marco Botti-trained Jakkalberry was third in this race last year and filled the same berth in both the Group 1 Dubai Sheema Classic and Melbourne Cup. He is another major player in a cracking contest.

Appropriately, the 2000m all-weather handicap, over the same course and distance as the world’s richest horse race, carries the name of Gloria De Campeao who won the first Meydan running of the Dubai World Cup. The weights are headed by the Mike De Kock-trained Daddy Long Legs whose season could end in the 2013 Dubai World Cup having won last year’s UAE Derby when trained by Aidan O’Brien.