Dubai World Cup Trackwork Notes - March 25, 2013
Royal Delta – Royal Delta galloped once around Meydan and visited the starting gate as part of the typical routine trainer Bill Mott follows with his runners before a race. The two-time American champion stood quietly in the gate as assistant starters patted her neck.
“Everything is good so far,” said Mott’s assistant Rodolphe Brisset, who also serves as Royal Delta’s exercise rider. “She just flew over this track.”
Animal Kingdom – Animal Kingdom galloped approximately 2400 meters and appeared more relaxed than he had in his first two days of training at Meydan.
The 2011 Kentucky Derby winner and American champion “is settling into the routine now,” said Alice Clapham, assistant to trainer Graham Motion and exercise rider. “He was very happy this morning. He galloped great, and we’re very happy with him.”
Motion is due to arrive in Dubai on Monday night and will decide what the 5-year-old will do over the next four days prior to the race.
Dullahan – American trainer Dale Romans’ duo of Dullahan (Dubai World Cup) and Little Mike (Dubai Duty Free) both walked in the quarantine barn area on Monday following their 1000-metre workouts on Sunday. They will return to training on Tuesday, with both scheduled just for jogs, said exercise rider Tammy Fox.
Meandre – The Andre Fabre-trained Meandre arrived like all of the French-trained horses on Saturday and made his first contact with the track he will encounter in the Dubai World Cup on Monday morning. Travelling head lad, Richard Lambert said, “We went to the track this morning where he trotted and then cantered over 1200 metres. This is what he will be doing for the rest of the week. He travelled well and looks in good form.”
Planteur – The Marco Botti-trained horse, a late-closing third in last year’s US$10million Dubai World Cup sponsored by Emirates, arrived in Dubai early morning March 24 and is eligible to train on the main track beginning March 26. The 6-year-old warmed up for his second tilt at the world’s most valuable race by winning the February 23 Winter Derby Trial Stakes (Eng) on Lingfield’s synthetic surface over the World Cup trip of 2000 metres
Red Cadeaux –Ed Dunlop’s Hong Kong Vase winner has been in Dubai for a little over a week and exercised 1800 metres on the Tapeta track. The globetrotting 7-year-old will be having his first start in Dubai on World Cup night and boasts excellent International form having finished a nose second in the 2011 Emirates Melbourne Cup. Dunlop’s travelling head lad Robin Trevor-Jones said, “He seems in good form and his rider said that today was the best he has felt since he arrived on Sunday last week. He did a canter over 1800 metres today and the plan may be to exercise him on grass on Wednesday or Thursday.” Red Cadeaux will again be ridden by his Hong Kong-winning pilot Gerald Mosse.
Treasure Beach – “We were very happy with him on Super Saturday and he ran a very good trial on his first all-weather start, staying on well having been last turning in,” said trainer Mike De Kock. “He has definitely improved a lot, both mentally and physically since then and is continuing to do so. Perhaps ideally I would have preferred another couple of weeks but he is in good shape and we expect him to go well.”
Gentildonna – Gentildonna worked on the all-weather for a lap under exercise rider, Tahei Inoue. Trainer Sei Ishizaka who flew into Dubai this morning commented after he supervised the filly, “The only concern about her was the transportation, however she has not received any damage from the long flight at all. She will breeze on Wednesday. Tomorrow, she will have a piece of work on turf.”
St Nicholas Abbey – The Aidan O’Brien-trained 6-year-old, a neck runner-up to Cirrus Des Aigles in last year’s $5m Sheema Classic sponsored by Longines, is due to arrive in Dubai early morning March 27 and will not be eligible to train on the main track until March 29. The horse has not run since finishing third behind fellow Sheema Classic contender Little Mike in the November 3 Breeders’ Cup Turf at Santa Anita, California.
Dunaden – World traveller Dunaden, trained by Mikel Delzangles in Chantilly, joined his compatriots on the Meydan track for the first time this morning. Aymerec Caldas who looks after him said, “he did what he also does in France. He trotted, then did a light canter. He has travelled well, he is used to it. He is in good form”
Shareta – The Alain de Royer Dupre-trained Shareta and her three stable companions came onto the track on Monday morning, following two days in the quarantine yard. Serge Renee, travelling head lad for Alain de Royer Dupre said, “The first day when the horses got here to Dubai we just walked them. We then rode them on the training track in the quarantine yard and this morning they made their first contact with the Meydan track. They just did a light canter around the track, well actually not even the whole way round. They are all in good form.”
Await the Dawn – “He is a horse who has pleased us pretty much all along as he has overcome his earlier problems and has been in good shape. He needed his first run badly and showed a great turn of foot to win his second outing before being undone by the total lack of pace on Super Saturday,” said trainer Mike DeKock. “He is a smart horse and, with a bit of pace in the race and some luck, he should be a player.”
Trailblazer – Trailblazer did not come out on track and walked for an hour in the stable area. He will breeze on Wednesday under jockey Yutaka Take.
Girolamo – Girolamo completed a steady canter round the 1,750m all-weather track, in preparation to work more seriously over the turf track on Tuesday. Fourth in last year’s Gordon Stakes on his only previous outing outside Germany for trainer Peter Schiergen, Girolamo completed his 3-year-old season by winning the Group 1 Preis von Europa on 23 September. He arrived in Dubai on 6 January.
Very Nice Name – The Alban de Mueille-trained 4-year-old, a revelation since migrating from France to Qatar in October, is due to arrive in Dubai from Doha on March 27. He will be eligible to train on the main track March 28. The colt, who races for Umm Qarn Racing, won the February 28 HH The Emir Trophy Thoroughbreds International under French rider, Olivier Peslier to post his third straight win in Qatar.
Little Mike – American trainer Dale Romans’ duo of Little Mike (Dubai Duty Free) and Dullahan (Dubai World Cup) and walked in the quarantine barn area on Monday following their 1000-metre workouts on Sunday. They will return to training on Tuesday, with both scheduled just for jogs, said assistant trainer and exercise rider Tammy Fox.
Ocean Park – New Zealand star, Ocean Park looked in fine shape during light exercise Monday morning in his build up to his biggest challenge on Saturday. Ridden by his track jockey Kate Hercock, who was carrying some extra gear in the form of a helmet cam. Ocean Park had an easy canter on the Tapeta track and Hercock said she felt terrific, “he seems to have settled in very well, in fact we all have,” she said referring trainer Gary Hennessy and his wife. She said they had first tried the helmet cam on the track on Sunday “but it didn’t work.” Hennessy said Ocean Park would have a “good breeze-up” on Wednesday in what will be his last serious work before Saturday.
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I'm a Dreamer, Trade Storm – I’m A Dreamer arrived in Dubai on Sunday, from David Simcock’s stable in Newmarket, and remained in quarantine. Stablemate Trade Storm, who has raced three times for two progressive wins at the Dubai World Cup Carnival, worked at a comfortable pace over the 1750m all-weather track. After finishing 11th of 14 on his first outing at the Dubai World Cup Carnival, he was an impressive winner of a handicap and followed up by landing the Group 2 Zabeel Mile, both times ridden by Jamie Spencer.
French Fifteen – The Nicholas Clement-trained French Fifteen joined Dunaden and Meandre on the track on Monday morning. Adem Matassem, his travelling head lad, said: “He did a good canter and everything is ok. He travelled well and is eating up.”
The Apache – “(The Apache) has done nothing wrong in his two starts, winning the first one and then just touched off on Super Saturday,’ said trainer Mike DeKock. “This looks a hot race but I think he has improved again over the last three weeks and he will run a solid race.”
Mushreq – “He was so busy in the early part of the year that we have freshened him up since his win in the Al Fahidi Fort five weeks ago. Nothing went right in either of his first two starts and it was a case of third time lucky with him,” DeKock said. “That was only a handicap though and we tried him back on Tapeta then in Al Maktoum Challenge R2 before switching back to grass for that Al Fahidi Fort. He is in really good form and hopefully is still improving.”
Igugu – “She has improved with each of her two starts and hopefully we have sorted out the hormone issues which were making it difficult to train her as we would have liked. She is certainly a lot fitter this time but this is obviously the strongest race she will have contested in Dubai. Hopefully she can bounce back to something like her best.”
Wigmore Hall – Wigmore Hall arrived in Dubai on Sunday, from Michael Bell’s stable in Newmarket, and remained in quarantine. He will be making his third appearance in the Group 1 US$5m Dubai Duty Free, sponsored by Dubai Duty Free, after finishing third to Presvis in 2011 and fourth to Cityscape a year ago.
Krypton Factor – Bahrain-based trainer Fawzi Nass, who has campaigned a small team at the Dubai World Cup Carnival, rounded off Monday morning’s track activity by putting Krypton Factor, ridden by his big-race jockey Kieren Fallon, through the starting stalls, before the pairing cantered steadily over the 1750-metre all-weather track with stablemate, the sprinter-miler Muraweg. Explaining the procedure adopted with Krypton Factor, who will be attempting back-to-back wins in Saturday’s Group 1 US$2m Dubai Golden Shaheen, sponsored by Gulf News, Nass said, “For a sprinter he’s so laid back, and he doesn’t use himself much without jumping from the stalls.”
Gordon Lord Byron – Gordon Lord Byron, the Irish runner from the yard of Tom Hogan, arrived in Dubai shortly after 2 a.m. Monday morning and will be cleared to appear on the track on Wednesday morning.
Trinniberg – American champion sprinter, Trinniberg turned in an approximately 600-metre breeze down the Meydan stretch under rider Ray Ganpath. “He looks good. I like how he travels—he’s very light on this surface and his action is not high. I think he’s liking this track,” said trainer Shivananda Parbhoo, who oversaw the drill from the rail near the grandstand.
Kavanagh – “He won very well last time but that was only a handicap and this is a lot tougher,” said trainer Mike DeKock. “He has ground to make up on several of these but he tends to run his bets races after a break so the fact he has been off four weeks should be in his favour. He is in good shape and will not be disgraced.”
Tamaathul – Ali Rashid Al Raihe, trainer of Tamaathul, said, “He has had a good season, winning on both the turf and all-weather at Meydan but this is by far his toughest task to date. He is working well though.”
Private Zone – Private Zone remained in the quarantine area on Monday after training on the main track the previous two days. He’s doing really well,” said Tony Romero, the longtime exercise rider for trainer Doug O’Neill.
Frederick Engels – “I’m still in Hong Kong but my staff are happy with how the horse has adapted from the flight to Meydan. I’ll be at the track tomorrow [Tuesday] myself to see how he is and we’ll play it by ear from there. All sounds pretty encouraging, though,” said trainer John Moore
Taisei Legend – Taisei Legend cantered on the all-weather track under the work rider Yasuhiro Shibuta. Trainer Yoshito Yahagi commented, “He is very settled in the quarantine stable, and he is like a lead-horse for the Team Japan. He can adjust to new surroundings very quickly as he has traveled to eight different racecourses plus some other NAR race courses as well in Japan. There was no hitch about the trip to Dubai. I think it was the easiest trip that I have ever had. He will gallop on Wednesday, and jockey Ryan Moore will probably ride him on Friday.
Reynaldothewizard – Satish Seemar said, “we have always known he was a nice horse but, like so many of the horses who come from America, they take a while to show their full potential. He goes really well on the all-weather at Meydan but did disappoint us first time this season. We put the blinkers on and the response was just what we wanted and he won well first time he wore them. We thought he would run well in the Mahab Al Shimaal but did not expect him to win in that fashion. He remains in good form and should run well in this better race.”
United Color – Trainer Dhruba Selvaratnam said, “this is his first season in the UAE and it is great to get him to Dubai World Cup night. His first runs were good ones at Jebel Ali but he improved for the switch to this surface and Meydan to win over course and distance. “That was only a handicap though and this is much tougher. James Doyle is suspended so I have booked Jimmy Fortune.”
Balmont Mast – Balmont Mist was not seen on the main track today.
Reply – The Aidan O’Brien-trained colt is due to arrive in Dubai early morning March 27 and will not be eligible to train on the main track until March 29. The 4-year-old, which has never previously raced on a synthetic surface, failed to win in four starts last year but finished third in the Middle Park Stakes (Gr 1) over the 1,200-metre Golden Shaheen distance on his final juvenile start in 2011.
Shea Shea – “We knew he had improved a lot from his first run and expected a big effort on Super Saturday and he certainly did not let us down,’ said trainer Mike DeKock. “You could not fail to be impressed with that and Christophe (jockey Soumillon) certainly was.
“He must have a serious chance but this is a stronger race and I see the American horse Varsity has a blisteringly fast winning time to his credit,” he continued. “He would be a big danger if showing that kind of speed but Shea Shea is at least as well as he was three weeks ago, hopefully a bit better.”
Mr Big – “He arrived on Saturday from Singapore and he’s fine although we haven’t anything with him yet in terms of work. But his temperature and bodyweight are good, all normal. His trainer [Michael Freedman] arrives today [Monday] and the horse will probably be out on the training track with a gallop on the course proper maybe a day or two after,” said assistant trainer Bradley Roper.
Eagle Regiment – “He has settled in fine. We kept him in the stabling area this morning. He’ll be at the main track Tuesday or Wednesday,” said Fred Chan, assistant to trainer Manfred Man.
Great Attack – American-based sprinter Great Attack breezed 800 metres on turf this morning at Meydan. Exercise rider Tony Romero reported that the Wesley Ward trainee went in 48.2 seconds. Ward is expected to arrive in Dubai early Tuesday morning.
Joy and Fun – “He loves Dubai. It’s his third time here now, winning once and placing the other time in this race, and it seems to bring out the best in him. He’s in great shape. Fast work will be later in the week. My father will be here soon to oversee his final preparations,” said trainer Derek Cruz’s assistant Martin Cruz.
Spirit Quartz –Robert Cowell’s 5-year-old had light exercised on the main track.
Monsieur Joe –Not seen on the main track today.
Varsity – American challenger Varsity arrived at the track before dawn and jogged a half lap before galloping easily over about 2000 meters. “We just don’t want to do too much,” said Christophe Lorieul, assistant to trainer Christophe Clement, adding that no serious work is planned this week. “We have to keep him happy, that’s all.”
Sole Power – Not out of the first two in his last three Dubai outings, including when second in last year’s Group 1 US$1m Al Quoz Sprint, sponsored by Emirates NBD, Sole Power was out on the main track under his regular work rider. Edward Lynam’s 6-year-old was runner-up on Super Saturday and has pleased connections since.
“He did a nice breeze – it was an easy bit of work,” said work rider Julie Vovchok. “I wanted to keep him relaxed and he is happy, fresh and in good form. We were very happy with his run on Super Saturday after he had travelled over. He has improved since then and I hope he will show his best in the race.”
Russian Rock – Wayne Smith, jockey on Russian Rock, “His fourth in the trail on Super Saturday was a brilliant run – especially when you consider he had successfully defended his Jebel Ali Sprint crown the previous afternoon.
“That showed he is very capable on grass and not just a Jebel Ali dirt horse. This is the strongest race he has contested and Shea Shea was very impressive last time but it would be nice to think we can get in the money.”
Medicean Man – “He just stretched his legs this morning and I’ll go a bit faster on him for his final gallop later in the week. I won on him earlier in the Dubai World Cup Carnival and he loves the course. I’m hopeful if we can get the breaks we can be competitive again on Saturday,” said jockey Harry Bentley.
Russian Soul, Invincible Ash – “(Russian Soul) has been in great form all Dubai World Cup Carnival. Three times second and then third last start in the big prep race behind Shea Shea – you can’t argue with that sort of consistency. I’ve been with him the whole time and he’s better than ever now. His final fast work will be Wednesday when his trainer [Mick Halford] should be here. His stable companion Invincible Ash stayed in the training area this morning. She’s in great order, too,” said trackwork rider Leo Medina.
Ganas – Ernst Oertel, trainer of Ganas, said, “With a better draw on a couple of occasions he would probably have added to his two victories this season and he has only perhaps disappointed once in seven starts for us.
“It will be the first time we have run him on turf but the straight 1000 metres should suit as he has so much early speed. It is his toughest race yet obviously but we have been aiming at World Cup night since he started improving rapidly. Hopefully he can carry that improvement over to the turf.”
He's Had Enough – The runner-up in last year’s Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita Park last November jogged in quarantine area of the massive Meydan. “He’s doing really well,” said Tony Romero, the longtime exercise rider for trainer Doug O’Neill.
Keiai Leone – Keiai Leone put in a slow work on the all-weather track. The assistant trainer Yuki Usami commented, “He is only three, but very settled to the new surroundings. He has a difficult temperament, but he is more relaxed here and eats up very well. He will gallop on Wednesday.
Lines of Battle – The Aidan O’Brien-trained 3-year-old is due to arrive in Dubai early morning March 27 and will not be eligible to train on the main track until March 29. The colt has not run since finishing seventh behind stablemate George Vancouver in the November 3 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf at Santa Anita, California.
Law Enforcement – Having arrived in Dubai March 24, the Richard Hannon-trained 3-year-old is eligible to train on the main track March 26. The colt has won four of his five starts to date, most recently when winning the October 13 Grand Criterium (Gr 1) at San Siro, Italy, over 1,600 metres.
Dice Flavor – Dice Flavor, recent winner of the Grade 2 El Camino Real Derby over California’s Golden Gate Tapeta surface, had an easy gallop over the Tapeta track at Meydan Racecourse Monday morning in advance of his start in Saturday’s UAE Derby over 1900 metres. The Paddy Gallagher-trained son of Scat Daddy was never asked for any serious move but navigated the course with his head held high and was well within himself. He appeared to be progressing nicely after walking the previous day and getting back into the swing of things after the horse had become mildly ill after arriving in Dubai. “He’s doing much better,” said exercise riser Dave Heaslip.
Zahee – “He has improved with each of his outings but possibly just lacks that touch of class to win this but he will certainly run an honest, solid race,” said trainer Mike DeKock.
Emotif – “She is as fit as we have had her this season and her condition continues to improve,” DeKock said. “She needs to raise her game markedly to be competitive but she is fit and well.”
Elleval – “He’s been here for three runs at the carnival for one win and twice fourth. He didn’t get the clearest of runs last time [when fourth in the Al Bastakiya] and with a bit more luck on Saturday he can finish closer.
Saddler's Rock – “We just cantered this morning and he was fine. His trainer [John Oxx] will be here to watch him do his final gallop on Wednesday. You can forget his prep run [in the Nad Al Sheba Trophy] when he was a good way off a very slow pace. He has improved from that and the further distance on Saturday will play more to his strengths,” Assistant trainer Jim “Slim” O’Neill.
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Star Empire – “He is probably just short of the mark classwise but he is as honest as the day is long and will give his best as always,” said trainer Mike DeKock.
Averroes – Ernst Oertel, trainer of Averroes, said “This has been the plan ever since his career best fourth in the race last year and hopefully he is top form to run another very big race. We have brought him along slowly and, it has not all been plain sailing but the horses are continuing to run well and we expect him to produce another top effort as he stays this marathon trip so well.”
Seismos – The German contender Seismos, trained by Andreas Wöhler, arrived Monday morning in Dubai. The 5-year-old son of Dalakhani had travelled well and Lisa Krüllman who looks after him confirmed: “He arrived this morning and I just walked him a bit. He looks fine.”
Jutland – Doug Watson, trainer of Jutland, said, “He has had a great season already and to get a run here is real bonus. The Jebel Ali Stakes, in which he was second to Treble Jig and Abu Dhabi Championship, which he won last time, were his main targets but he also managed an excellent second in a good Meydan handicap.
“He came out of that Abu Dhabi race in great heart and he should run his usual brave race.”
On Monday morning, contender Jutland cantered 2000 metres at Al Quoz Training Center in Dubai. According to trainer Doug Watson, the son of Halling will canter into the race on Saturday.
Penitent – Penitent, the Newmarket Group 2 winner, landed in Dubai on Sunday morning and is scheduled to make his first appearance of the week Tuesday morning.
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Soft Falling Rain – “This is certainly his toughest task ever and a very big test indeed against his elders but he certainly deserves his chance in this company and we are really looking forward to it because we are going to find out just how good he is,” said trainer Mike DeKock. “He has so much speed the 1600 metres is as far as he wants to go but he goes well on the surface and we have freshened him up. However, he fares, he will be off to England where the tracks should really suit him.”
Rerouted – “He has had a good season with two wins already and the form of his two defeats is pretty strong so deserves his chance in this company,” DeKock said.
Master of Hounds – “He is basically a happy horse who goes well on either surface and people tend to forget he is a Group 1 winner,” DeKock said. “He has run well both his outings this season and there is no reason he should not do so again.”
Surfer – Satish Seemar, trainer of Surfer, said, “he has never run a bad race since joining us and was highly-tried last year but produced some big efforts in good company. He started this season as a maiden though so we found a suitable race to remedy that and he improved to win in handicap company.
“We decided to miss Al Maktoum Challenge R1 and he produced a career best when second in the middle round and his fourth in Round 3 was another great effort. This Godolphin Mile looks the right race for him and he is pleasing us at home.”
Barbecue Eddie – Preparing for a start in the Godolphin Mile, veteran gelding Barbecue Eddie cantered 2000 metres Monday morning at Al Quoz Training Center in Dubai. According to trainer Doug Watson, the 9-year-old will perform his final piece of work Tuesday morning with an 800-metre breeze. “We were really looking forward to running him in this last year until we were forced to scratch him so it is great to be back this year and the horse has justified our faith in him, Watson said. “His first two wins of the season both worked out well and he then really stepped up to win Al Maktoum Challenge R1 before an excellent third in the Firebreak Stakes. This has been the target all season and we are looking forward to it.”
Capital Attraction – Ernst Oertel, trainer of Capital Attraction, said, “we were balloted out at the first meeting of the Dubai World Cup Carnival so took him to Jebel Ali where he won very well and followed up at Meydan over Saturday’s course and distance. His Super Saturday second though was a career best and the horse who beat him, African Story, looks to be going for the World Cup so he must have a decent chance in an open contest.”
Red Jazz – Red Jazz had an easy gallop over Meydan’s Tapeta surface on Monday morning ahead of his start in Saturday’s Godolphin Mile. The Charlie Hills-trained son of Johannesberg, who ran third in each of the previous two editions of the 1600-metre event, was not asked to do a major piece of work this morning but appeared to handle the course well. Unlike his previous two tries in the Mile each of which were coming off significant layoffs, Red Jazz prepped here on Super Saturday where he finished a well-beaten 10th in the Group 3 Burj Nahaar over the same 1600-metre course he will be asked to navigate Saturday night.
Zazou – German contender Zazou arrived in Dubai on Monday morning and hence was kept in the quarantine yard. He is looked after by Radik Hennig who said, “Zazou travelled really well. He never loses any weight. This morning after his arrival he just got washed down and walked a bit. Tomorrow he will go on the training track here and then on Wednesday he will go onto the main track.”
Mufarrh, Haatheq – Ali Rashid Al Raihe, trainer Of Haatheq and Mufarrh, said, “they are two nice horses who go well under these conditions. Mufarrh was second in this race two years ago before missing a season but he bounced back to winning ways last time.
“Haatheq was fifth in this last year and has been running consistently well this season. They should both be competitive as they are pleasing us in the mornings.”
Al Mamun Monlau - At approximately 7am Monday morning Dubai Khayla Classic contender Al Mamun Monlau trained on the main track at Meydan. Under the supervision of Elizabeth Garel, partner of trainer Jean-Francois Bernard, the chestnut horse cantered 800 metres, walked, then cantered another 1400 metres. Al Mamun Monlau is expected to canter Tuesday morning at Meydan.
Versac Py – The Erwan Charpy-trained Versac Py, who ran fourth in last year’s edition of this race, trained on the training track this morning and will do most – if not all of his training on that course. He said, “He’s doing well. It will be as much about his mental conditioning as his physical.”