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Dubai World Cup Trackwork Notes - March 29, 2013


Friday, 29 March, 2013

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

Animal Kingdom – After watching Team Valor International’s Animal Kingdom eagerly gallop about 2600 metres on the all-weather track, trainer Graham Motion said, “He was on his toes again today. I couldn’t be happier with him.”
Animal Kingdom has proven his ability on dirt, turf and all-weather surfaces in the United States and Motion said his assistant and exercise rider Alice Clapham “has been very pleased with how he handles this track.”

Dullahan – Donegal Racing’s Dullahan galloped about 2400 metres on the all-weather track and visited the starting gate for a schooling session during which he was well mannered. Assistant trainer and exercise rider Tammy Fox said the striking chestnut has been getting stronger in his work this week and is coming into Saturday’s race just the way trainer Dale Romans feels will lead to his best effort.
“I’m very pleased with him. He’s peaking at the right time,” said Fox.

Royal Delta – Two-time American champion Royal Delta galloped about 2200 metres on the all-weather track and then went to the starting gate for a schooling session.
“We’re pleased,” said trainer Bill Mott. “Everything has gone very smoothly with her here.”
Mott said he has discussed race strategy with jockey Mike Smith, and while he declined to share what they are planning, it is widely speculated that Royal Delta will use her speed out of post eight to gain a prominent early position.

Meandre – The Andre Fabre-trained Meandre finished his Dubai World Cup preparation with another light canter on the Meydan all-weather track.
Richard Lambert, his travelling head lad, who has been working for Andre Fabre for thirty years, said, “As I said before, his routine hasn’t changed. He did a light canter and we are very happy with him. He seems well.”

Planteur – The 6-year-old played true to the week`s form when he took to the main track for one gentle circuit of maintenance cantering.
“We wanted him to have an easy day so he just basically stretched his legs,” said trainer Marco Botti. “Everything is ready. He seems in tremendous form, he looks well in his coat and I am happy with his shape.”
Planteur`s demeanour has encouraged Botti to expect a good show to add to his third place in last year`s Dubai World Cup.
“I think it is quite an open race,” the trainer ventured. “We have a good draw in the middle and we know he handles the surface so we are hoping for the best. We like where we are with the horse.”

Red Cadeaux – Red Cadeaux had an easy canter over one lap of the track on Friday morning for trainer Ed Dunlop
“He’s in good form and seems to handle the track okay,” Dunlop said. “The worry is that 2000 metres might be on the short side for him. So far as the race is concerned, I’ll leave that to Gerald (Mossse). He’s a world class jockey and gave him a superb ride last time in Hong Kong.”



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

Gentildonna – Gentildonna cantered on the turf Friday morning.
Trainer Sei Ishizaka commented, “She had a leisurely canter on turf for tomorrow’s big event. She concentrated on the work and was very relaxed today. She had a good preparation work. The climate here does not affect her. She breezed on Wednesday, and she is ready to go. I thought that they did too much watering on the surface, but she has worked on turf everyday, and the exercise rider told me the track had a very good cushion, which was good. It has been four months since her last start, but she is maintaining the same good form as she won the Japan Cup.”

St Nicholas Abbey – Big-race jockey Joseph O`Brien was aboard when the 6-year-old emerged from quarantine to lead out his four Ballydoyle stablemates to the main track. The group walked and trotted the "wrong" way round for one and a half circuits before St Nicholas Abbey turned and led Lines Of Battle for half a circuit at a steady canter. Runner-up in last year`s Dubai Sheema Classic and a veteran of international travel, St Nicholas Abbey looked extremely composed throughout.
“He was lovely this morning,” Joseph O`Brien said afterwards. “He had a little canter round and he`s nice and relaxed. I have ridden him in some of his preparation at home and he seems in good form. It`s his first run back since November but he ran very well in this race last year so his chance is there for all to see.”

Dunaden – The Mikel Delzangles-trained Dunaden pleased his connections when he came onto the track to do his usual canter on the all-weather. Watched by bloodstock agent and Tweenhills Stud owner David Redvers, who looks after the interests of owner Sheikh Fahad Al Thani, said, “Dunaden looks great. No horse enjoys having a passport more than he does. He cantered this morning and he seems to like that surface as well. Mikel was saying maybe we should have run him in the Dubai World Cup after all. He is really happy. We did actually contemplate it for a while, but we decided to put in Side Glance. We are very lucky to have four live chances.”

Shareta – French handler Alain de Royer Dupre took Shareta, Verema, Giofra and Sarkiyla to the paddock this morning following a light canter once around the track. He explained, “They did some paddock schooling this morning. They are all in good form and very calm which is what you want. They only did a light canter this morning. Now all that is left is to wait for tomorrow. They have all recuperated from their trip and it is time for the race now. I wouldn’t want to wait any longer.”

Trailblazer – Trailblazer hacked in the trotting ring and work with a half gallop one lap on the all-weather.
Trainer Yasutoshi Ikee commented, “I advised the rider to take the bit and work him with a half-gallop. He has had a good preparation after the step race and is flexible. The field is strong and the pace will be set slow, and his only concern will be the start. Jockey Yutaka Take always handled the starting smoothly and I trusted him very much. It is a racing, so I cannot say what is going to happen but if the horse can start well and settles better than midfield, his concentration will be up and should show the strong run.”

Girolamo – Girolamo, a Group 1 winner in his native Germany on his most recent appearance at the end of September, completed preparation for his biggest test yet with a very easy, one-circuit canter on the Meydan all-weather main track.
Trainer Peter Schiergen, who was in the saddle on the 4-year-old, said, “That was his last work before Saturday evening, and I’m very happy with him, though this is his toughest race so far.
“I think he will improve as a 4-year-old, and the stronger the pace the better he will be, because he is a stayer. We will be very pleased if he can win some of the excellent prize-money for the race.”

Very Nice Name – For the third morning running the Qatari challenger took to the main track before dawn on Friday to complete one lap at a steady canter. Trainer Alban de Mieulle is realistic about the 4-year-old`s prospects of causing an upset.
“On his past performances you would say he is the sixth or seventh best horse in the race, so if he finishes fifth it will be good for us. He is the best horse in Qatar but racing there is not so competitive. One thing about this horse is that he improves every time he runs and the distance (2,400 metres) will suit him.”



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

Little Mike – Assistant trainer Tammy Fox, who has been riding Little Mike in his morning work while he has been in Dubai during the past month, said the multiple Grade 1 winner has been pulling on her the past several days, wanting to go faster and farther.
“He’s been strong, but I like that,” Fox said. “I’m very happy with the way he’s coming into this race.”
Like his stablemate Dullahan, who runs in the Dubai World Cup, Fox said Little Mike is peaking at the right time and should be at his best on Saturday.

Ocean Park – New Zealand star Ocean Park completed his unusual preparation for the US$5 million Dubai Duty Free (1800m), sponsored by Dubai Duty Free, with a walk around the international compound at Meydan Friday morning.
Ocean Park has not been out on the track since his gallop on the turf course proper on Wednesday but stable spokesperson Jenny Hennessy was quick to confirm that all was well with the 4-year-old.
“Everything is good and he’s as bright as a button,” she said.

Giofra – see Shareta note in Dubai Sheema Classic

I`m A Dreamer, Trade Storm – Newmarket trainer David Simcock was pondering how the race might unfold as his race pair I’m A Dreamer and Trade Storm, who are drawn at opposite ends of the starting stalls in numbers two and widest-of-all 14 respectively, completed a quiet canter round the main all-weather track.
Simcock said, “It’s a wide-open race, and it is difficult to know how it will be run, so we’re open-minded about the tactics.
“I cannot believe it will be a race without pace, so that should suit use because both I’m A Dreamer and Trade Storm come from behind,” said Simcock. “I would rather not have drawn 14 for Trade Storm, but both horses are in good nick and will be ridden by very capable jockeys. You can’t ask for more.”

French Fifteen – French trainer Nicolas Clement believes being drawn 13th of 14 is the one negative as his narrow Newmarket 2000 Guineas runner-up French Fifteen tackles the Duty Free.
He said, “It is not an ideal stall. You need to have pace to get into the race, and he has a turn of pace but we must avoid using it too early. Otherwise I am very happy.
“The distance is fine, and the going should be ideal. He’s done well on good to soft going, and I am not too concerned about the Meydan turf course because there is no jar in it.
French Fifteen cantered under a strong hold on the all-weather main track on Friday, before joining the rest of the French-trained contingent on four of the parade ring intended to familiarise him with Saturday’s big-race environment.”

Wigmore Hall – The Meydan turf training track was the place to see Wigmore Hall, who finished fourth in the race last year and third in 2011, as he completed a hack canter for regular work rider Gilly Dolman.
Trainer Michael Bell reported the 6-year-old “bang on” and “as good as ever.”
He added, “We’ve changed the routine this year, coming in late instead of giving him a prep race in the Dubai World Cup Carnival. He’s done all his serious preparation at home, including giving him a work-out on the Polytrack with Ryan Moore at Lingfield last week.
“He needed the trip to the racecourse to lighten him up, and hopefully it will have put the edge on him. Ryan was particularly bullish, which was a really good sign.”
Bell, who described the Duty Free as “a genuinely open race,” said he would discuss tactics with Wigmore Hall’s owner Mark Hawtin on Friday.
“It’s a big call, because it’s such a big race, but it’s a question of how brave we want to be. We either ride him as normal, from off the pace, where he may run into trouble, or we be more positive.”



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

Krypton Factor –Defending title-holder Krypton Factor continued his preparation away from the spotlight at owner-trainer Fawzi Nass’s Dubai World Cup Carnival base at Desert Stables in Al Quoz.
Nass said, “He had a solid piece of work on the main Meydan all-weather track on Monday, so all we`ve being doing with him since is very light work with the aim of freshening him up for Saturday.”
Nass reported that Krypton Factor, who denied Rocket Man back-to-back victories in last year’s Golden Shaheen, sustained a bruised foot in his Super Saturday (9 March) defeat by Reynaldothewizard.
“I was disappointed immediately after the race but was relieved 24 hours later to find an explanation for why he ran so flat,” he said. “He was off work for about five days, but it was better that it happened then and not closer to Saturday’s race.
“It’s a tougher race than last year, when there was only one serious rival, Rocket Man, so I’m hopeful rather than confident.”

Gordon Lord Byron – Gordon Lord Byron was out on the turf for a little breeze on Friday morning for trainer Tom Hogan just before 7:00 a.m.
“He’s in grand form,” said the trainer. “He’s loving it out here, and I couldn’t be happier with him. He`s got a good draw (2) and while he will need luck over a turning 6f (1200m), we couldn`t be happier wth him and hoping to collect some prize money.”

Trinniberg – After a busy day on Thursday which included a starting gate schooling session, American champion sprinter Trinniberg stayed in the quiet quarantine barn area on Friday for light jogging and cantering.
“He’s just wonderful,” said trainer Shivananda Parbhoo. “He’s even stronger and more aggressive now (than he typically is before races). He is very excited. All we need is for him to get a good start. If he gets a good break, then he can do the rest.”

Private Zone – With just one day left before Saturday’s US$2 million Dubai Golden Shaheen, assistant trainer Leandro Mora gave his assessment of he hopes the 1200-metre dash runs once the gates are sprung.
“We’re hoping for a good clean break,” said the longtime assistant to trainer Doug O’Neill, who remained behind in the United States to tend to his California-based stable. “Once we get that, hopefully someone else will take the (early) lead and we’ll be next to that one. If everything goes well, he’ll show a speed and let one pass him a little bit and stay right off that one.
“Martin (jockey Pedroza) has an idea of how to ride the race,” he continued. “This is the kind of horse that once he passes all the horses, he thinks he’s done. So he’ll sort of wait for the others and that’s how we got beat the last two or three times. His move has to me times just right.”
Mora said the horse, who did his usual light gallop Friday morning, will walk in the quarantine area Saturday morning.

Frederick Engels – “I cantered him on the Tapeta at the main track and he felt very good on it, better than he would have on the dirt back home at Sha Tin. There is always a lot of speed in this race and we’ve drawn gate 1 so the idea is not to give it away, to try and sit three-back along the rail or maybe be one off the rail before the straight and then hopefully find the gaps and let him use his turn of foot,” said his jockey Weichong Marwing.

Taisei Legend – Taisei Legend cantered on the all-weather track on Friday.
Trainer Yoshito Yahagi commented, “I told the rider to take the horse’s bit in the stretch and save for tomorrow. I think I have done everything I needed for tomorrow. His condition is best than ever. We are like a challenger but will compete with our best.”

United Color – Trainer Dhruba Selvaratnam said, “He breezed nicely here over 600m at Jebel Ali racecourse on Thursday morning and Jimmy Fortune came up here to get to know him. He was pleased with the work and so was I.
“Obvioulsy this is a big step in grade and I have said all season he will be a better horse next season with a Dubai summer behind him but is nice to have a runner in a race we have won before.”

Balmont Mast – Balmont Mast had a strong canter down the Meydan straight on Friday morning for trainer Edward Lynam.
“The two of mine (he has Sole Power in the Al Quoz Sprint) are both in good form, no problems with either,” Lynam confirmed.

Reply – The 4-year-old colt emerged from quarantine Friday in company with his four Ballydoyle stablemates to exercise on the main track. Having walked and trotted the "wrong" way round for one and a half circuits, Reply turned and followed Imperial Monarch at a steady canter for half a circuit, after which he was sweating mildly under the saddle.

“A couple of things are new to him here,” Joseph O`Brien, son of trainer Aidan, said of Reply`s prospects. “Most of his form is at longer trips than this (1,200 metres) and he`ll be on Tapeta for the first time. But he does show speed at home and he`s by (Champion European Sprinter) Oasis Dream, so that`s in his favour.”



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

Mr Big – “Zac Purton cantered him this morning on the Tapeta and he said he felt nice and bright. Even if it was just a canter it was good for his jockey to familiarize himself with the horse. We’re ready to go and he’ll give his best,” said trainer Michael Freedman.

Dux Scholar – Dux Scholar, in preparation for Saturday’s Al Quoz Sprint at Meydan, jogged 1600 metres at Desert 2 Stables Friday morning. Trainer Seth Benzel noted the five weeks since the horse’s win in the Al Naboodah Construction Group Trophy last time out.
“I was able to qualify early and bring him up to the race the way I wanted to. He’s fresh, fit and happy,” said Benzel. “He’s a classy, intelligent horse, the kind you want to be around. He’s the kind that could win this thing.”

Eagle Regiment – “The horse is good,” said trainer Manfred Man. “He just trotted in the inside ring, he didn’t go out to the main track today because the vet was coming to check him. We’ll trot him again this afternoon and we’ll canter tomorrow. I’m a little bit worried that he’s missed some work but what can I do? In Hong Kong he won a Group 1 race after nearly a year off so at least I know he can run well fresh.”
ERA Veterinary Steward Dr David Sykes added, “We put the new shoes on and he trotted up good enough for 20 minutes to be passed fit to race. I’m going to check him again tomorrow [Saturday] morning as a precaution at 7:30 a.m. but I don’t see any issues. He will still be poulticed today and it will be the same routine as yesterday, something we know has worked.”

Great Attack – A former champion apprentice jockey, trainer Wesley Ward took matters into his own hands at Meydan on Friday morning. The conditioner hopped aboard Great Attack and jogged him 1600 metres at approximately 6:00 a.m. in preparation for the Al Quoz Sprint on Saturday.

Joy and Fun – “He stayed back at the training area this morning. All the work is done, the preparation has gone as we’d hoped and he’ll run a big race on his final start,” said trainer Derek Cruz.

Spirit Quartz, Monsieur Joe – Trainer Robert Cowell took Spirit Quartz to the training track on Friday morning.
“He got a little warm on the main track with all the people there yesterday, so I took him to the training track today instead.
Monsieur Joe had a steady canter on the main track. They are both well and it’s all systems go with them both,” he said.

Varsity – Following the same routine he has during the week, Varsity galloped about 2000 metres on the all-weather track. “He did just great,” said Christophe Lorieul, assistant trainer to Christophe Clement. “It was a normal, easy day and he is ready.”

Sole Power – Sole Power put in a routine canter for trainer Edward Lynam, who reported that all was well with his charge ahead of Saturday.

Medicean Man – Trainer Jeremy Gask has worked hard to keep English sprinter Medicean Man, who was a winner at Meydan in January, fresh for the US$ 1 million Al Quoz Sprint.
Varying his work between the Tapeta all-weather surface and the turf track adjacent to Meydan used mainly by local trainers has helped but Gask admitted there was a query about whether Medicean Man was up to the opposition he will meet tomorrow.

Starspangledbanner – The 6-year-old entire, who returned to training after an abortive stallion career in spring 2012, emerged from quarantine with his four stablemates to exercise on the main track. Having walked and trotted the "wrong" way round for one and a half circuits, Starspangledbanner turned and cantered on his own for half a circuit. Nicely on his toes throughout, he looked full of himself.
“It wasn`t easy for him last season coming back from stud, but he still ran a couple of nice races,” Joseph O`Brien, son of trainer Aidan, said afterwards. "The (1,000-metre) distance and fast ground will suit him, while the winter break won`t have done him any harm.”

Russian Soul, Invincible Ash – Russian Soul, the 5-year-old continues to train well as dawn beckoned him onto the main track. He completed one circuit in hand under big-race jockey Shane Foley, pointing his toe as he went.
“He likes coming out in the dark,” trainer Mick Halford said. “In the daylight he tends to look at everything. He never ran over 1,200 metres before he came here for the Carnival and he has shown us he is also happy over 1,000 metres. I like his draw (stall nine of 16), there is plenty of speed around him. He has improved a lot and may not have finished yet. If things go his way he will have his chance.”
Invincible Ash, the 8-year-old mare, did another pleasing spin on the main track, covering one circuit and finishing with zest down the home stretch under Shane Foley. She looked well in her coat and is coming to hand quickly.
“When she blossoms she transforms herself in a couple of weeks,” Halford said. “That has happened to her since her last run (11th of 16 in the Meydan Sprint, sponsored by Emirates Holidays, on March 9) and I expect her to run much better this time. She had to improve a fair bit, of course, but we take encouragement from the last two weeks.”

Ganas – “He has had a great season already and been a real star for the yard. It will be his first turf start for us so hopefully he can carry over the improvement he has shown on both dirt and Tapeta,” said champion UAE jockey Tadhg O’Shea. “He has so much natural and exceptional early speed that the 1000m is going to be ideal but this is a massive step up in class so we have to be realistic and just hope for a big run.”



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

He`s Had Enough – With just one day left before Saturday’s US$2 million UAE Derby, assistant trainer Leandro Mora gave his assessment of how he hopes the 1900-metre race is run once the gates are sprung.
“He’s got one way to run– the last quarter is his,” said Mora, the longtime assistant to trainer Doug O’Neill who remained in the United States to tend to his California-based stable. “The 12-post might help us a little bit because everyone else will be running and we can take back to get good position. But here we are racing against a lot of horses that have raced here and raced in Europe, so they may have the same idea.”
Mora said he will tack-walk He’s Had Enough in the stable area and then let him rest up for the evening.

Keiai Leone – Keiai Leone stayed in and walked around the stable area on Friday.
Trainer Katsuichi Nishizono commented, “I gave him a walk to relax him before the race. I think he is in a good form and good feels. He did some strong works before he flew in Dubai, and he has also worked on the Tapeta well. Hopefully he can take a good position to follow the pace

Lines of Battle – The 3-year-old colt emerged from quarantine in company with his four Ballydoyle stablemates to stretch his legs on the main track. Having walked and trotted the "wrong" way round for one and a half circuits, Lines Of Battle turned and followed St Nicholas Abbey at a steady canter for half a circuit, after which he was sweating mildly under the saddle.
“He had a wide draw (stall 14 of 14) at the Breeders` Cup (Juvenile Turf over 1,600 metres) and that probably had a lot to do with the way he ran (to finish seventh),” Joseph O`Brien, son of trainer Aidan, said afterwards. “It was a very hard task and we feel he is better than that. The Tapeta is an unknown for him and he is up in trip but we think he is quite a nice horse.”

Law Enforcement – The 3-year-old took a lead from a pony from the chute to the main track, where he completed one circuit. Big-race jockey Richard Hughes let the colt open up for 100 yards in the home stretch and the colt completed his exercise with zest.
“That was lovely,” Hughes said. “My only concern before the race was that he may lack a little early speed but I`m not worried now. He has showed me plenty of speed since he arrived here.”
Richard Hannon, assistant trainer to his father, also Richard, is optimistic about Law Enforcement`s chances, “It looks a open race and we are right in the mix. This horse has surprised us every time he has run - he went from handicaps straight into a Group 1 race (in Italy), which he won, and the trip will suit him.”

Dice Flavor – The Paddy Gallagher-trained 3-year-old galloped and then stood in the starting gate at Meydan Friday morning as his preparations continued for Saturday’s US $2 million UAE Derby.
“Getting close to a race we like to stand him,” said the Southern California-based conditioner. “He galloped this morning and seemed to canter fine. He stood nice in the gate and he usually does.
“We’ll just do something light with him (Saturday) morning in the stable area,” he added. “It’s a long wait until race time, but it’s a nice wait.”

Elleval – “He’s improving and he’s drawn a good gate in two, unlike last time when he was drawn wide and got held up for a run. His prep has gone well and I could see him winning some prize-money again,” said trainer David Marnane.



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

Saddler`s Rock– “Quiet day today with all the work done and he seems in good form,” said trainer John Oxx.

Royal Diamond – Irish St. Leger winner Royal Diamond looked keen to go faster as he cantered over two circuits of the Tapeta all-weather surface this morning. Royal Diamond, trained by Tommy Carmody and to be ridden by Johnny Murtagh, appears to have peaked at the right time.

Verema – see Shareta note in Dubai Sheema Classic

Imperial Monarch – The 4-year-old emerged from quarantine with his four stablemates to stretch his legs on the main track. After walking and trotting the "wrong" way round for one and a half circuits, Imperial Monarch turned and led Reply at a steady canter for half a circuit and seemed on good terms with himself.
“He is stepping up in trip but on his pedigree we are hopeful he will stay (by Galileo out of a mare by stamina influence Slip Anchor),” Joseph O`Brien, son of trainer Aidan, said afterwards. “There`s no reason to say the (3,200-metre) trip won`t suit him.
The (turf) track here in Dubai should help him and on the best of his form last year (he won the Group 1 Grand Prix de Paris at Longchamp) he looks to have a chance.”

Averroes – “His career best effort was when fourth in this race last year so course and distance are certainly going to suit him. He stays very well and Saturday has been his target ever since the race 12 months ago,” said champion UAE jockey Tadhg O’Shea.
“There have been a couple of minor setbacks along the way but he is working very well and should give a very good account of himself in a race a few have stamina doubts – which he certainly does not.”

Seismos – German trainer Andreas Wöhler watched Seismos happily bouncing and bucking along as he made his way onto the track for a light canter.
He said, “He is always like that. He looks better every day. You mustn’t forget that it was minus 5 degrees centigrade in Germany and here it is 33°C, so that takes some getting used to. But he looks good this morning and seems in great form.”

Jutland – Jutland cantered 2000 metres at Al Quoz Training Center Friday morning. The 6-year-old gelding will be looking for his 10th win in 38 starts on Saturday as he goes postward in the Dubai Gold Cup.
Trainer Doug Watson commented how well Jutland was training in the short time since his last race.
“It’s hard to tell that he had a race just twelve days ago,” Watson said.



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

Penitent – Trainer David O’Meara was at trackside as Penitent had a routine canter. “His best form is on ground with a bit of cut in it. The track here is maybe a little dead, so I hope he’ll act on it. Whether he’s good enough we’ll find out on Saturday,” he offered.

Sarkiyla – see Shareta note in Dubai Sheema Classic

Barbecue Eddie – Barbecue Eddie cantered at Al Quoz Training Center on Friday morning in preparation for the Godolphin Mile on Saturday.
“He was really good. A little more relaxed today,” said his trainer Doug Watson.
“Eddie,” as he is affectionately known, was invited to the Godolphin Mile in 2012 where he drew post number two. Unfortunately Barbecue Eddie spiked a 104-degree temperature days before the race and had to be scratched.
Watson is pleased that the 9-year-old gelding was invited again this year, but he is not happy about drawing post 16.
“It’s good to be back. I just wish we had drawn the 2-hole again,” he said.

Capital Attraction – “On paper he was probably my strongest chance after his excellent second on Super Saturday but then we get an awful draw. With last year’s winner African Story running in the Dubai World Cup this race looks really wide open now but we are just going to need a bit of luck from that draw,” said champion UAE jockey Tadhg O’Shea. “The local trainers actually look to have a strong hand in this race and Surfer, trained by Satish Seemar, looks a big danger to all.”

Zazou – Radic Hennig was back in the saddle of Zazou today after Russian jockey Khamzat Ulubaev worked him yesterday. Zazou took a keen hold as he cantered and Hennig said, “Yes, he was a bit keen after yesterday’s workout. He is in good form.”

Surfer –"I have been in Qatar for the last couple of days and have gone in this morning to a very positive bulletin from everybody in the yard,” said jockey Richard Mullen. “As I have said before, he did his final piece of proper work on Monday and went very well. With African Story out of the race it is wide open and we are all really excited about his chances.”



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

Al Mamun Monlau - The daily routine continued for Al Mamun Monlau as he prepared for the Kahayla Classic at Meydan on Friday. Again, the chestnut Arabian cantered a slow 1400 metres, then a steady 1400 metres in the company of fellow French horses, including Dunaden. Elizabeth Garel said that Al Mamun Monlau will jog on the training track Saturday morning.

TM Junior Johnson - Champion UAE Jockey Tadhg O`Shea rides TM Junior Johnson instead of 2011 winner and 2012 runner-up Seraphin Du Paon.
“These decisions are never easy but TM Junior Johnson is a lovely young horse and a very exciting new acquisition to the yard. Anything he achieves on Saturday though is going to be a bonus because he will be a very exciting horse for next season,” he said. “He has so much potential and will hopefully develop into a serious racehorse.”