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Dubai World Cup Trackwork Notes - March 27, 2013


Wednesday, 27 March, 2013

Group 1 US$10m Dubai World Cup, sponsored by Emirates Airline

Animal Kingdom — A day after his drill down the Meydan all-weather track stretch, Animal Kingdom strolled to the training track and took a leisurely jog around the peaceful oval with assistant trainer Alice Clapham in the saddle. Trainer Graham Motion; Barry Irwin, chief executive officer of ownership group Team Valor International, and Bradley Weisbord, Team Valor chief operating officer, were on hand to watch the 2011 Kentucky Derby winner and they liked what they saw. “He seems super,” Motion said. “I just wanted to give him an easy day today after the work yesterday and the schooling session last night.” Animal Kingdom joined other American-based horses in schooling in the saddling area and parade ring on Tuesday evening to get acquainted with what they will experience on race night.

Dullahan — Continuing to express an eagerness to train, Dullahan galloped about 2400 metres on the all-weather track with assistant trainer Tammy Fox aboard and the statuesque chestnut returned bouncing and leaping in the air. Trainer Dale Romans said the 4-year-old has adjusted to Meydan very well since his unplaced finish in the Burj Nahaar (G3) on March 9 and should be a strong contender in the $10 million World Cup. “I’m very confident. I feel good about my chances,” Romans said. “If we get a few breaks (in racing luck), he’ll be very competitive.”

Royal Delta — America’s champion filly in 2011 and ’12 turned in the most electric workout of the week, breezing approximately 600 metres down the stretch in :35.64 under Rodolphe Brisset as trainer Bill Mott looked on from the rail with his son, Riley, by his side. In comparison, Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom worked the same distance in :36.24 the previous day. “She looked like she was moving very easily,” Mott said. “We just let her stretch her legs a little bit.” “She looks good and she’s handling everything very well.” Brisset said the daughter of Empire Maker knew she was going to work and jumped into her exercise, rolling down the stretch enthusiastically with her ears pricked. “We’re in good shape. All we need now is a little luck.”

Meandre – Triple Group 1 winner Meandre was on the main track on Wednesday morning where he continued his preparation in view of his Dubai World Cup bid. He arrived at the track with Dunaden and French Fifteen. Richard Lambert, travelling head lad, said, “Everything is fine, he continues to be in good form. He just did a canter like he does every day.”

Planteur – Having sauntered round one circuit on Tuesday, Planteur stepped up the pace on his second visit to the main track when Lucie Botti (wife of trainer Marco Botti) let the 6-year-old stretch out down the home stretch. "We are very happy with him," Botti said. "He is relaxed."

Red Cadeaux – Trainer Ed Dunlop is due to arrive in to Dubai (Wednesday) and his Hong Kong Vase winner had his final workout for Saturday’s feature. Dunlop’s travelling head lad Robin Trevor-Jones said, “We were happy with him. His rider said he was very clean-winded, is very fit and hardly blew. He covered 2000 metres and galloped from the turn in to the straight to the wire and then cantered out.”



Group 1 US$5 m Dubai Sheema Classic, presented by Longines

Gentildonna – Gentildonna worked a half gallop for 1200 metres on turf Wednesday morning. Trainer Sei Ishizaka commented, “This is her third day to work on the main track today, and she is getting relaxed every day. She sometimes shies, so she started to make a move at 1200-metre pole out and then did half breeze for the last 400 metres. It will be her first race up from a four-month vacation, but she is in a good shape and everything has been controlled so far. “It will be a tough race for her and difficult to win the race overseas, but I believe Gentildonna can show her best performance. As the starting gate is a different type from Japan, she got familiarized with it and did not have any problem at all.”

St Nicholas Abbey – Together with his four stablemates, the Aidan O’Brien-trained 6-year-old flew in from Ireland Tuesday and will be eligible to visit the main track on March 29. "This is a very professional outfit and the horses were quick to settle in," said International Supervisor Jim Cornes. "All the horses looked happy in the climate and were not stressed at all."

Dunaden – 2011 Melbourne Cup winner Dunaden was part of the French contingent on Wednesday morning that went onto the all-weather track shortly after six o’clock. Trained by Mikel Delzangles, who had arrived the previous evening, said Dunaden went for a canter said, “I find him in good condition. He travelled well and this morning he just cantered. He did his last major bit of work in France before he came out, so he will just continue to canter here until the race.”

Shareta – French trainer Alain de Royer Dupre had arrived in Dubai on Wednesday and was at Meydan to see his four fillies canter on the all-weather track. He said, “They are all a bit dehydrated, which happens after such a long trip. They only cantered this morning, as they did all their work at home. It’s too hot here to work them. They are fillies not colts and you have to be careful at this time of the year. I haven’t had a runner here since Meydan opened. Shareta is the one who probably fits the profile best for this type of track and race, while Giofra (Dubai Duty Free) is not easy to train. Verema (Dubai Gold Cup) stays really well and I think it is an open race.”

Trailblazer – Trailblazer galloped for 1400 metres on turf on Wednesday morning. Trainer Yasutoshi Ikee commented, “I told jockey to work him from the 1400-metre pole out and breeze him on the stretch. He showed the strong stretch run and the fractional time was good (11.9 seconds over the last 200 metres). “In the step race (G3 Al Maktoum Challenge Round 3), we went into the race with a lot of confidence because he was in a very good form, however the biggest losing factor was the suitability to the Tapeta. He could not remain in the leading group until the last stage of the race, so I decided to shift from the World Cup to the Sheema Classic. He finished fourth in the Breeders’ Cup Turf and ran well on turf in Japan, so he should suit the surface. If he can set in the leading group until the last stage, he must have a big chance.” Jockey Yutaka Take commented, “He responded me very well and quickened powerfully in the stretch. He was very flexible and relaxed. I do not have any concern about turf because he had many races on turf. Depending on his break from the gate, I hope he can race handy. Of course, Gentildonna will get lots of attention, but the most important thing is to bring my horse’s best performance.”

Girolamo – Girolamo, who was given a serious workout by trainer Peter Schiergen on the turf training track on Tuesday, was restricted to exercise in the trotting ring on Wednesday morning.

Very Nice Name – Having flown in from Qatar yesterday, the Alban de Mieulle-trained 4-year-old took light exercise well before dawn under assistant trainer Eric Ventrou.



Group 1 US$5m Dubai Duty Free, sponsored by Dubai Duty Free

Little Mike – “Tossing his head and pulling against rider Tammy Fox, Priscilla Vaccarezza’s Little Mike galloped about 2400 metres over the Meydan all-weather track on Wednesday as trainer Dale Romans watched approvingly. “He looked really good,” Romans said of the 2012 Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1) winner. “He’s ready to go.”

Ocean Park – The first test on the turf course proper at Meydan Wednesday morning for New Zealand star Ocean Park did not quite go according to plan. Ocean Park, who has worked on the Tapeta all-weather surface, since his arrival in Dubai last week, was to have a “breeze up” on the grass as his final gallop leading into Saturday’s $US5 million Duty Free (1800m), sponsored by Dubai Duty Free. With his track jockey Kate Hercock in the saddle, Ocean Park took off from the 1600- metre chute but ran into a soft spot caused by overnight watering after about 200 metres. Jenny Hennessy, who supervises Ocean Park’s track work with her husband Gary, said Hercock eased up on the 4-year-old when he hit the soft spot.“It was wetter than he (Ocean Park) likes and Kate didn’t want to take any chances,” she said. “He was still able to go over 600 metres, coming home the last 200 metres.” She said Ocean Park would just have a “bit of a trot” over the next two days. “He’s right where we want him and he doesn’t need any more.’’ “He lost about 10 kilograms on the flight to Dubai, which is nothing, and he’s put most of that back on.”

Giofra – see Shareta note in Dubai Sheema Classic report

I`m A Dreamer, Trade Storm – David Simcock’s Newmarket-trained pairing of I’m A Dreamer and Trade Storm did routine canter work on the main all-weather track. I’m A Dreamer, ridden by the trainer’s wife Jennie, completed a circuit, while dual Dubai World Cup Carnival winner Trade Storm went 2000 metres. Jennie Simcock reported, “They are both fine, and will do a little more tomorrow.”

French Fifteen – Trainer Nicolas Clement, on hand to supervise French Fifteen in “a routine canter” on the main all-weather track, said, “I’m pleased with him. He has travelled well and I’m happy with his condition and the way he moves.” A quarter-length runner-up to triple Classic winner Camelot in the Newmarket 2,000 Guineas on his only previous race outside France, the 4-year-old French Fifteen has improved for his second placing on the Polytrack surface at Chantilly on 2 March, according to Clement. “He was rusty that day,” he said, “and will definitely come on for the race.”

Wigmore Hall – Michael Bell, who is aiming to make it third time lucky in the race with Wigmore Hall, reported the 6-year-old “in really good shape” after he completed a steady work-out on the all-weather track.

The gelding, who finished fourth in the race last year and third in 2011, will work more seriously on Thursday.



Group 1 US$2m Dubai Golden Shaheen, sponsored by Gulf News
(third leg of Global Sprint Challenge)

Krypton Factor – Not seen on the main Meydan track as Fawzi Nass’s defending champion is trained at Desert Stables in Al Quoz.

Gordon Lord Byron – The Irish runner from the yard of Tom Hogan arrived in Dubai on Monday morning and having cleared quarantine had his first taste of the track Wednesday. Trainer Tom Hogan said, “We let him loose out on the grass this morning and he will have a light canter on the Tapeta (Thursday). He is in very good form, has travelled over well, has eaten up and drunk plenty too.”

Trinniberg – Trainer Shivananda Parbhoo kept American champion sprinter Trinniberg in the quarantine barn area for the second consecutive day on Wednesday as the 4-year-old colt jogged about eight laps around a small trotting ring. Although Parbhoo had planned to give Trinniberg some schooling in the Meydan starting gate, he opted to delay that session until Thursday morning since Trinniberg had gone through a saddling paddock and parade ring schooling session on Tuesday night with his fellow American runners. “He went around there nice and easy and didn’t get in any trouble or sweat very much,” Parbhoo said of the prelude to race night conditions. “He’s doing very well.”

Private Zone – “I just got in at around 10:00 last night,” said Leandro Mora, assistant to trainer Doug O’Neill as he watched Wednesday morning training at Meydan Racecourse. “I just went over to see them (Private Zone and UAE Derby hopeful He’s Had Enough) for the first time this morning. They ate everything up and they both seemed happy. We’ll just take it easy the next three days.” “The race is only three-quarters of a mile (1200m),” he continued. “He did all his endurance works in California. His last two workouts were like mini races, so he’s fit.” He came over to the main track around 7 a.m. and jogged a lap. Martin Pedroza will ride the 4-year-old son of Macho Uno on Saturday.

Reynaldothewizard – “Obviously this is his stiffest task to date but he won well on Super Saturday and has been a revelation in the blinkers,” said jockey Richard Mullen. “He has a good berth and comes into the race with a similar profile to last year`s winner Krypton Factor who we beat last time but is sure to be a danger again, as is Godolphin`s Mental. “His final gallop on Monday was a good one but we know he has to improve again,” he added. “Fingers crossed there is more to come and I am just looking forward to day. Luckily I am riding in Qatar today and Thursday to keep my mind occupied and fitness levels at their peak!"

Frederick Engels – “Frederick Engels cantered on the Tapeta and he’s bursting with fitness. I’m excited with his preparation and pretty hopeful he’ll finish in the first three or four,” said trainer John Moore.

Taisei Legend – Taisei Legend worked on the all-weather with a half gallop on Wednesday morning. Trainer Yoshito Yahagi commented, “His strides were very fluid, and his condition has improved a lot. Hopefully he can keep up it. All has been under control. He will not come out on the main track and will stay to walk around the stable area tomorrow. If Ryan Moore will mount on Friday, he will have a piece of work. The left-handed course over 1200 metres is his best distance, which I hope he can set the pace. “He handled the starting gate in the schooling this morning, so he won’t need an assistant starter. I hope he can bring his best performance for team Japan.”

Balmont Mast – Balmont Mast appeared on the main Tapeta track ahead of his bid to make it fifth time lucky in Dubai following four Carnival outings. Trainer Edward Lynam said, “He is improving and did have wind issues which we sorted out. He missed the kick and was two seconds behind in his trial but has got a good draw and has earned the right to run. He is in good form and we will give it a go. We will ride him to run well, and if he wins we will then claim we knew he could do it!”

Reply – Together with his four stablemates, the Aidan O’Brien-trained colt flew in from Ireland (Tuesday) and will be eligible to visit the main track on March 29. "This is a very professional outfit and the horses were quick to settle in," said International Supervisor Jim Cornes. "All the horses looked happy in the climate and were not stressed at all."

United Color – “I could not be happier with the horse who is working very well and is improving all the time but this is obviously a much tougher race then the handicap he won last time and the likes of Mental, Reynaldothewizard and Krypton Factor are going to be very hard to beat,” said trainer Dhruba Selvaratnam. “He certainly handled the surface well that day though which was pleasing.
“This is the horse`s first season with us and we have always maintained whatever he does this year he will benefit from the summer here and hopefully be a better horse next season so to get him to World Cup night is a real bonus.”



Group 1 US$1m Al Quoz Sprint, sponsored by Emirates NBD

Mr Big – “He worked down the straight turf course he’ll race on Saturday and he tracked pretty straight and true,” said trainer Michael Freedman. “That was his last gallop on the course proper before race day. I’m very happy with the horse. He hasn’t missed a beat and he’s very fit.”

Eagle Regiment – “He’s very sensitive on his near fore hoof after a small injury there. It’s nothing serious and he’s been treated but we don’t know if he will make the race,” said trainer Manfred Man. “It’s a time factor. If the race was on Sunday or Monday he would be fine but Saturday makes it harder. We’ll know more tomorrow morning [Thursday.]”

Dux Scholar – Dux Scholar continued his preparation for the Al Quoz Sprint Wednesday morning at Desert 2 Stables with a 3200 metre jog. Trainer Seth Benzel commented on how the colt is training. “He’s very sharp. I’m happy with how he’s doing,” said Benzel. “He’ll jog a mile (1600 metres) and gallop a mile tomorrow, just like before his last race.”

Joy and Fun – “He just hacked around the Tapeta and he’s great,” said trainer Derek Cruz. “He is the same body weight as last year when he was third and just loves it here. He’ll run great. If he can break better than last year he can be in the frame again.”

Great Attack – Great Attack cantered 2400 metres Wednesday morning at Meydan in preparation for the Al Quoz Sprint on Saturday. Leandro Mora, assistant trainer to Doug O’Neill, kept an eye on things for trainer Wesley Ward, who is expected to arrive in Dubai Wednesday evening.

Spirit Quartz, Monsieur Joe – Spirit Quartz, Robert Cowell’s 5-year-old, was not on the main track today nor was Monsieur Joe, also trained by Cowell.

Russian Rock – “He remains in good order and will do his final piece of work about 8 a.m. on Thursday when we will breeze him over 600 metres,” said jockey Wayne Smith. “He has already had a great season and a cheque on Saturday would be a real bonus.”

Varsity – American sprinter Varsity has had an ideal preparation, said Christophe Lorieul, assistant to trainer Christophe Clement. “He’s good, he’s happy. He has not had a bad day since he has been in Dubai,” Lorieul said. “He looks like he’s been here his whole life.” Repeating his training regimen of the past two days, Varsity galloped about 2000 metres around the all-weather track on Wednesday. “We have not done much with him this week, and so far so good,” Lorieul said. “We never work him very much at home either.” On Tuesday evening, Varsity earned top grades during a schooling session in the Meydan saddling paddock and walking ring. “He was perfect,” Lorieul said.

Sole Power – Trained Edward Lynam appeared at the track just after 7 a.m. to be debriefed after last year’s Group 1 US$1m Al Quoz Sprint, sponsored by Emirates NBD, runner-up worked on the Tapeta. Lynam said, “We let him go for the final 400 metres. He is not a horse who needs a lot of work but he was fat when he came out here. The likes the track – he has been second here three times. Shea Shea will be tough to beat on Saturday but I would love to see him win another Group 1.”

Russian Soul, Invincible Ash – The two stablemates worked independently over 800 metres on the main turf track, with Invincible Ash posting impressive closing fractions under Shane Foley. The mare closed out her gallop in splits of 11.22 seconds and 11.34 seconds even though Foley was anxious to keep her under restraint. Invincible Ash clocked 51.03 seconds overall.

Starspangledbanner – Together with his four stablemates, the Aidan O`Brien-trained sprinter flew in from Ireland Tuesday and will be eligible to visit the main track on March 29. "This is a very professional outfit and the horses were quick to settle in," said international supervisor Jim Cornes. "All the horses looked happy in the climate and were not stressed at all."

Ganas – “It is going to be very interesting with him back on turf as he has shown great improvement since arriving from England both on the Jebel Ali dirt and the all-weather at Meydan,” said jockey Tadhg O’Shea. “Obviously he needs to carry that progress across on this switch of surface but he has continued to work well and has so much natural speed the 1000 metres should be ideal.”



Group 2 US$2m UAE Derby, sponsored by The Saeed & Mohammed Al Naboodah

He`s Had Enough – “I just got in at around 10:00 last night,” said Leandro Mora, assistant to trainer Doug O’Neill as he watched Wednesday morning training at Meydan Racecourse. “I just went over to see them (He’s Had Enough and Golden Shaheen contender Private Zone) for the first time this morning. They ate everything up and they both seemed happy. We’ll just take it easy the next three days.” Mario Guitierrez will ride the 3-year-old colt on Saturday. Guiteierrez of course rode the O’Neill-trained I’ve Had Enough to victories in last year’s Grade 1 Kentucky Derby and Grade I Preakness Stakes, the first two legs of the American Triple Crown.

Keiai Leone – Keiai Leone worked on the all-weather with a half gallop on Wednesday morning. Assistant trainer Shoichi Nishiura commented, “Everything up to now has gone smoothly. Before his debut, I thought he would be a turf horse, but he won three times in a row on dirt. I expect he will handle the Tapeta. “Since he left Japan, everything including the travel, surroundings and track is his first experience, but he has been handled well, better than expected. He will go to the paddock and saddling area to get familiarized tomorrow.”

Lines of Battle – Together with his four stablemates, the Aidan O’Brien-trained three-year-old flew in from Ireland Tuesday and will be eligible to visit the main track on March 29. "This is a very professional outfit and the horses were quick to settle in," said international supervisor Jim Cornes. "All the horses looked happy in the climate and were not stressed at all."

Law Enforcement – Big-race jockey Richard Hughes was on hand to put the colt through his paces as the son of Lawman opened up on entering the home stretch. "He had a nice stretch for three furlongs (600m) and I let him stride on," Hughes said. "He moved extremely well."



Group 2 US$1m Godolphin Mile, sponsored by Etisalat

Penitent – Trainer David O’Meara was again aboard the 7-year-old as he worked on the Tapeta track. O’Meara said, “He swung along for half a mile (400m) and seems in good order. He will just tick over now for the rest of the week and his jockey, Danny Tudhope, will have a sit on him tomorrow.”

Sarkiyla – see Shareta note in Dubai Sheema Classic report

Surfer – Jockey Richard Mullen, on his way to ride in Qatar for the next two days, said about Surfer, “He did his final piece of work on Monday and went very well. He just seems to keep improving and winning his maiden early doors this season really boosted his confidence.
“Look at his form, it is very strong and that run behind Hunter`s Light looks even better now - he is favourite for the Dubai World Cup itself. For once we have a good draw and the drop back to 1600 metres should not be an issue as we tend to try and sit quite handy with him anyway.
“With African Story going for the World Cup, this race looks very competitive now but I would not swap mine.”

Barbecue Eddie – Godolphin Mile contender Barbecue Eddie walked on Wednesday morning after his 800-metre breeze on Tuesday. Trainer Doug Watson was pleased with the condition of the popular 9-year-old gelding. “He came back from his breeze well, and he ate up everything,” said Watson. “He will canter a mile and a quarter (2000 metres) tomorrow.”

Zazou – The Waldemar Hickst trained German contender Zazou, who had flown into Dubai on Monday, came to the track for the first time on Wednesday morning. He had obviously been here last year and Radik Hennig, his travelling head lad, said, “Zazou came out this morning and all he did was a light canter. Tomorrow he will do a light piece of work.”



Group 3 US$1m Dubai Gold Cup, sponsored by Al Tayer Motors

Saddler`s Rock – “He worked on the grass this morning and went well; that will be last serious piece of work before the race,” said trainer John Oxx. “He’s been here a month and seems to have thrived in the better weather and good ground and he’s come on a nice amount from his first run here [when fifth beaten over six lengths] and we’re hopeful he can finish closer this time.”

Verema – see Shareta note in Dubai Sheema Classic report

Seismos – The German contender Seismos made his first appearance at the Meydan main track following two days on the training track in the quarantine yard. Ridden by Lisa Krüllman he looked in fine form and she confirmed, “We just cantered quietly once round the track.”
Seismos seemed a bit keen but she said, “That is just how he is. He is like that at home, too.”

Jutland – Trainer Doug Watson continued to prepare Jutland for a start in Saturday’s Dubai Gold Cup with a 2000-metre canter on Wednesday morning.
“He’s fit and full of himself,” said Watson. “We are very happy with him.”

Imperial Monarch – Together with his four stablemates, the Aidan O`Brien-trained four-year-old flew in from Ireland Tuesday and will be eligible to visit the main track on March 29.
"This is a very professional outfit and the horses and were quick to settle in," said international supervisor Jim Cornes. "All the horses looked happy in the climate and were not stressed at all."



Group 1 US$250,000 Dubai Kahayla Classic, sponsored by Emaar

Al Mamun Monlau – Al Mamun Monlau cantered a slow 1400 metres, then a steady 1400 metres Wednesday morning at Meydan in preparation for Saturday’s Kahayla Classic.
Elizabeth Garel, partner of trainer Jean-Francois Bernard, supervised from the rail as the colt appeared noticeably cooler and more relaxed than in the days preceding. Bernard is expected to arrive in Dubai Wednesday evening.

Sahib Du Clos –“He looked in great nick before his most recent Abu Dhabi run and showed something like his old sparkle for the first time this season,” said jockey Richard Mullen. “It is a wide open race and, if he is back to his best, he is very capable of giving them all something to worry about. It will be nice to get back on him if he is on top of his game!”