Track Notes - March 22, 2011

Buena Vista – Buena Vista who is running in the US $10 million Dubai World Cup cantered easily for two laps on the All-Weather this morning.  Tsuyoshi Matsuda, the work rider of Buena Vista commented, “She had a piece of work this morning. She will be galloping tomorrow. She is in a good form.”

Cape Blanco – The Aidan O'Brien-trained runner arrived in Dubai in the early hours of Tuesday morning.  The earliest the horse can make an appearance on the track will be Thursday morning.
Fly Down – The U.S. invader had an easy gallop on the main track with exercise rider Tiffany Green in the saddle Tuesday morning at Meydan in preparation for his run in Saturday's US$10 million Dubai World Cup. Tim Poole, assistant to trainer Nick Zito who is not expected to make the trip over from the States, supervised the exercise.

“It was an easy gallop,” Poole said.  “All our preparation was done prior to his shipping over.  There's really nothing for him to do except gallop.  Let his catch his legs and keep his fitness level up. We'll bring him to the gate Thursday or Friday. 

“I'll be speaking to the boss later today,” he continued.  “My guess is he'll probably want us to go a day early instead of waiting until the last minute to get a little breathing room.”
Gio Ponti – An American champion in 2009 and 2010 who was fourth in last year’s Dubai World Cup, Gio Ponti began his Tuesday morning with a visit to the paddock for a schooling session before finishing with a jog and a gallop that pleased assistant trainer Christophe Lorieul.

“We took a couple of turns with the pony and he was very good in the paddock,” said Lorieul, who rode the six-year-old Tale of the Cat horse in the paddock and during the approximately 1400m jog and then 2000m gallop.

“He was happy today—he didn’t sweat as much,” Lorieul said. Both on the previous day and during his training in Dubai last year and at other locations to which he has traveled for racing, Gio Ponti has tended to be somewhat edgy and hot in his training.

“He has traveled better this year and has kept his condition. Last year he lost a lot more weight (on the trip to Dubai),” Lorieul noted. “Every day now he seems to be getting better and better. The horse is doing great.”

Trainer Christophe Clement will be in Dubai for Thursday’s training and tentative plans call for Gio Ponti to return to the starting gate that morning for a second schooling session following his gate visit on Monday. Lorieul said it is possible he will send Gio Ponti for “an easy piece of work” on Wednesday morning.

Gitano Hernando – Marco Botti has given Gitano Hernando plenty of time to acclimatise to the Dubai heat and the five year old has been stabled at Meydan since January.

After starting as favourite for the Dubai World Cup last year, he finished sixth under Kieren Fallon and will have Johnny Murtagh in the saddle on Saturday.

Gitano Hernando has had two prep runs since arriving in Dubai - staying on for fifth in Round II of the Al Maktoum Challenge in early February and improving on that to take third behind Twice Over in Round III earlier this month.

He was out on the track this morning, and Botti’s wife Lucia said: “He did an ordinary canter on the All-Weather and is in very good form. He seems very well and is where we want him coming into the race. He has definitely improved with each of his runs here and that was always the plan. He has one more piece of work to do before the [Dubai] World Cup and he will possibly do that on Thursday. Johnny Murtagh rode him last time he raced and will again partner him this weekend.”

Gitano Hernando will be having his final start for current connections on Saturday having been sold to Ramzan Kadyrov to be trained by Herman Brown.
Monterosso – Winner of the Group Two King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot when trained by in England by Mark Johnston, he also won Group Two Dubai City Of Gold on his only start at Meydan this season, his first run for his new trainer. “He won his last race very well and yet he is still improving. It was turf last time and this time [All-Weather]. If he can handle the track I hope he can be right there,” said trainer Mahmoud Al Zarooni.
Poet's Voice – Poet’s Voice, Godolphin’s best horse last year according to international handicappers following his victory in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot. Steps up in trip and into the all-weather unknown.

“He is a Group One horse from England last season and he needed the race this season but he ran well. He is an older horse, a more relaxed horse, and he is ready to run a big race,” said trainer Saeed bin Suroor.

Prince Bishop – Prince Bishop, fifth to Twice Over on his Meydan reappearance, he recorded four consecutive wins on turf in France last year for Andre Fabre.

“He needed the race last time as well, but he worked very well yesterday and he is going in nice and fresh. The other horse [Poet’s Voice] is probably a mile horse and this probably a mile and a half horse, but with a fast race over a mile and a quarter that could be good for him,” said trainer Saeed bin Suroor.
Transcend – Transcend put in a slow work for a lap on the All-Weather course.  Work rider Hisami Yamashita said, “He is in a very good condition and has full of energy.  Everything is good for him.” 
Twice Over – Twice Over was well beaten in the Dubai World Cup last year after being drawn wide and bumped early and he returns for another crack. Henry Cecil shipped the six year old to Dubai last month and prepped him with a win in Round III of the Al Maktoum Challenge. Tom Queally was aboard that day and the jockey partnered him in a routine piece of work this morning.

“He is grand and is in good form,” said Queally. “He just did a routine piece of work this morning and quickened down the straight. It is a case of so far, so good and he seems happy in himself which is the main thing. He was a good winner last time out and he quickened up well. He seems to have tightened up since then and we just need a bit of luck now. He will have a blow out this Friday and that will get him to the race.”
Victoire Pisa – Victoire Pisa who won the Japanese 2000 Guineas (Satsuki Sho) in dominant fashion last year was breezing over 1200m with his stablemate Rulership (running for the Dubai Sheema Classic) on the All-Weather course this morning. 

Trainer Katsuhiko Sumii who has just arrived at Meydan before the two of his horses were galloping was watching his horses performances. 

Sumii, the very international-minded trainer, commented, “Since Victoire Pisa got in Dubai, he already had three steady gallopings at Meydan, so he has become more muscular physically. Rulership always shows flexible strides and runs very lightly, and I think he satisfied with the surface of All-Weather.  Both two of them run in the different races, so I decided to give them galloping together. 

“Vodka (three time runner in Dubai) had a preparation to step up for the Dubai World Cup meetings, and I thought it would be better for two of my horses to have a preparation race before the big race, but Victoire Pisa may go to Hong Kong after Dubai this year, and also Rulership and Buena Vista have same owners (which is Sunday Racing), and also because of the travelling expenses, we decided to trip to Dubai all together. Rulership and Victoire Pisa had good step up races at home, which is good. All of the members from Japan feel that we must work together for the victory and give all of the victims of Earthquake triggered Tsunami hope. The two horses will just walk around the stable area tomorrow.”
Group One US$5 million Dubai Sheema Classic

Al Shemali – Ali Rashid Al Raihe is obviously delighted that his 2010 Dubai Duty Free winner Al Shemali gets his chance in the longer turf race this year after Golden Sword's late switch to the Dubai World Cup. Speaking in his office on Tuesday morning he said: "We were disappointed he was not running on the big night as he is a big favourite, not only in the yard but with the racing public. He ran very well first time on the All-Weather but did not build on that.

"This will be a new trip for him, since joining us, on Saturday but as he gets older hopefully he will stay. Obviously it is a good race but so was the Dubai Duty Free last year. At least we are in the race so therefore we have a chance!"

Calvados Blues – Calvados Blues has run four times at the Dubai International Racing Carnival and was second to Monterosso in the Group Two Dubai City Of Gold.

“He has won with Johnny [Murtagh] and he is getting better. I thought he might even beat Monterosso at one point last time so that’s quite good,” said trainer Mahmoud Al Zarooni.

Champ Pegasus – Trainer Richard Mandella said on Tuesday morning at Meydan that Dubai Golden Shaheen contender, Champ Pegasus, came out of his Monday work well.  “It was only half speed”, said Mandella.  “He had just worked 1600m (a mile) in 138 at Santa Anita before we left”, he went on.

Champ Pegasus has earned over US$1 million in 11 starts with 3 graded stakes wins.  The five year old also finished second in the 2010 Breeders’ Cup Turf at Churchill Downs in a race where he abandoned his closing style.

Mandella described his strategy going in to what he considered a paceless Breeder’s Cup Turf.  “I thought if I take him back behind this pace they are going to be walking and he’ll never have a chance to give it a go, so we put him on the lead and he ran great”, said Mandella.  “But I think his race the other day shows that he really does want to be taken hold of”.

Dangerous Midge came home with the 2010 Breeders’ Cup Turf spoils with Frankie Dettori aboard.  “Dettori rode a great race that day”, said Mandella.  He’d pressure us a little bit, then him alone. Then he’d pressure us, just so he wouldn’t relax.  Then he came the last time and my horse said, ”that’s enough””.

Dettori is named to ride Rewilding for Godolphin in the 2011 Dubai Sheema Classic. Martin Dwyer will take over on Dangerous Midge.

Mandella plans to give Champ Pegasus, who he describes as mischievous and playful, an easy day tomorrow with a jog in the jogging ring or the training track at Meydan.  On Thursday morning he will send the son of Fusaichi Pegasus back to the main track near 7:00 am.
Chinchon – French contender Chinchon, trained by Carlos Laffon-Parias, was out on the main track at six o’clock this morning. Ridden by Stephane Duprey, he galloped over 1000m and then did some quicker work. His rider confirmed: “We first went slow and then he worked over 1500m. He was a bit keen this morning.”
Dangerous Midge – Dubai Sheema Classic hopeful Dangerous Midge arrived together with stable companion Mantoba, who is competing in the UAE Derby early on Monday morning. His trainer Brian Meehan arrived a day later, shortly after his horses had walked and trotted on the track at the International Quarantine Barn.

Having travelled to America for the Breeders’ Cup last year, Dangerous Midge is an experienced traveller and Brian Meehan confirmed: “Both horses are well and seem to have settled in nicely. I might take them to the main track tomorrow to have them stretch their legs. Or maybe I’ll just let them walk to the track and back. I’ll decide tomorrow morning.”
King Dancer – Sean Woods, trainer: “This is my first morning with him here in Dubai and I have been really pleased with what I’ve seen. He has settled in well and doing all the things you’d hope. He will work tomorrow on the turf with his jockey Ryan Moore on board and that will be his last blow before Saturday.”
Laaheb – The Roger Varian trained Laaheb was one of the 11 horses that travelled over from the UK early on Monday morning.

Dawn Robbins, who looks after Laaheb, said: “He just walked and trotted this morning at the quarantine yard. He has never travelled before and has never spent a night away from home. He is more relaxed now than yesterday and we are happy with him.”

Laaheb is going to be on the main track tomorrow morning.
Marinous – The Freddy Head trained Marinous was out on the main track with stable mate and Dubai Duty Free contender Rajsaman. Marinous did his usual piece of work over 1500m with Rajsaman giving him a nice lead. Regis Barbedette, travelling head lad for the Head horses, said: “Marinous always gets a lead. He is in good form and in better shape than before. He is nice and souple.”
Redwood – Arrived early Tuesday morning.  The earliest Redwood will appear on the track is Thursday morning.
Rewilding – Rewilding, third to Workforce in the Derby and later a Group Two winner in the Great Voltigeur at York. “He is very well, healthy and ready to run. He worked well on Saturday, he looks happy and he likes to run fresh,” said trainer Mahmoud Al Zarooni

Rulership – Victoire Pisa who won the Japanese 2000 Guineas (Satsuki Sho) in dominant fashion last year was breezing over 1200m with his stablemate Rulership (running for the Dubai Sheema Classic) on the All-Weather course this morning. 

Trainer Katsuhiko Sumii who has just arrived at Meydan before the two of his horses were galloping was watching his horses performances. 

Sumii, the very international-minded trainer, commented, “Since Victoire Pisa got in Dubai, he already had three steady gallopings at Meydan, so he has become more muscular physically.  Rulership always shows flexible strides and runs very lightly, and I think he satisfied with the surface of All-Weather.  Both two of them run in the different races, so I decided to give them galloping together. 

“Vodka (three time runner in Dubai) had a preparation to step up for the Dubai World Cup meetings, and I thought it would be better for two of my horses to have a preparation race before the big race, but Victoire Pisa may go to Hong Kong after Dubai this year, and also Rulership and Buena Vista have same owners (which is Sunday Racing), and also because of the travelling expenses, we decided to trip to Dubai all together.  Rulership and Victoire Pisa had good step up races at home, which is good.  All of the members from Japan feel that we must work together for the victory and give all of the victims of Earthquake triggered Tsunami hope.  The two horses will just walk around the stable area tomorrow.”

Group One Dubai Duty Free, sponsored by Dubai Duty Free

Beauty Flash – Tony Cruz, trainer: “Very happy with him. Just a canter this morning and everything went well. He is a very professional type of horse so we don't have to worry too much about him. He adapts very easily to a new environment. We bought another horse with him as he gets a bit lazy in his work and can get fat if he doesn't have anything to work with.”
Better Than Ever – Laurie Laxon, trainer: "The track is ideal. We will work him around the grandstand side each day as he hasn't ever seen anything like that. I have no issues with his well-being and he is the best horse I have ever traveled overseas from Singapore. His record at home is very good but they have fly the nest sometime and see what they can do outside their normal confines.”
Debussy  – Debussy won the G1 Arlington Million last year when trained by John Gosden.

“He is in good form. Last time he was so fresh [when 13th behind Twice Over in the third round of the Al Maktoum Challenge] that William [Buick] could not even hold him. He will run much better this time, but it is a tough race,” said trainer Mahmoud Al Zarooni.
Mendip – Mendip, winner of two Group Three races this season at Meydan, switches to the turf track.

“He has run really well twice now and he is still in good form. Last time some said he was not so good but he did come from behind and we know he is a class horse,” said trainer Saeed bin Suroor. 
Presvis – Luca Cumani gave Presvis his last main piece of work on Monday morning and the trainer returned to the track to witness him stretch his legs this morning. The seven year old was an unlucky 11th in the Dubai Duty Free last year and will have Ryan Moore aboard this weekend.

“He went very well and I am happy with him,” said Cumani. “He cantered over [1600m] and all was good. He did his final bit of work yesterday. In the [Dubai] Duty Free last year he was trapped behind a wall of horses and I hope he can find a gap this year.”
Rajsaman – Rajsaman, trained by Freddy Head, did his usual piece of work on Tuesday morning at the main track of Meydan. He led his stable companion Marinous over 1500m and Regis Barbedette, travelling head lad and rider of Rajsaman, said: “He is in great form. He just like Marinous are now stable in their weight and after having worked two days ago, is now more relaxed and fluid in his actions.”
Royal Bench – The Robert Collet-trained runner arrived in Dubai in the early hours of Tuesday morning.  The earliest the horse can make an appearance on the track will be Thursday morning.
Victor’s Cry – A day after his workout on the turf, Equilete Stable’s Victor’s Cry spent a leisurely morning in the quarantine stable area, walking with assistant trainer Brian Ange and enjoying the chance for a little grazing under the sun.

Trainer Eoin Harty reported that Victor’s Cry emerged from his 1000m breeze in perfect condition, and the handsome six year old son of Dubai World Cup winner Street Cry gleamed, his dark coat sprinkled with dapples.

Group One US$2 million Dubai Golden Shaheen, sponsored by Gulf News

Charlie’s Moment – Charlie’s Moment moved from the US to make his Meydan debut a winning one. “He worked really well yesterday and he is doing really good. He is sound and healthy and we know this is his trip,” said trainer Saeed bin Suroor.

Dim Sum & Sunny King  – John Moore, trainer: “Sunny King was on the All-Weather this morning with his work rider on and was in great health, really rearing to go, while Dim Sum remained in the quarantine area and was ridden by my son George. Dim Sum sustained a cut to his knee on the flight over from Hong Kong so he needed to do some easier work today. It’s nothing serious and has not needed suturing or anything like that and I expect he will be out on the All-Weather track tomorrow morning. They have both drawn well in low-to-middle gates and there should be plenty of speed in the race to suit them. I had One World run third in this race last year and I feel either of this two could match that or with some luck even do better.”
Dynamic Blitz – Raymond Tam, rider and assistant to trainer Ricky Yiu: “He is in great form. I have been with him here since he won his race [the Group Three Al Shindagha Sprint] in February and he loves Dubai. He worked pretty fast yesterday and came out of that well. Ricky will be here tomorrow to supervise his last few days before the race. I’m very happy with him.”

Escape Route – Escape Route is an interesting runner for Satish Seemar who was delighted to see his charge invited after an impressive victory at Jebel Ali last time. One of the few horses to have won on the Meydan All-Weather, Jebel Ali dirt and Abu Dhabi turf, there is no doubting his versatility and Seemar said: "We really hoped he would be invited to [Dubai] World Cup night after such a good win and it is great he will get to take his chance on the big night as he is a horse we have always really rated.

"Otaared who was third won last week so the form looks strong and he has won over further in England so the extra trip is not a concern. He should run well but the [Godolphin] Mile would have probably been our preferred choice with him but he will be staying on."
Euroears – With two-time Dubai World Cup winning trainer Bob Baffert in the grandstand watching, his Dubai Golden Shaheen entrant Euroears worked about 600m on Tuesday morning with exercise rider Janell Gruss aboard.

Connected by a walkie-talkie system, Baffert gave Gruss a steady stream of instructions and the big chestnut horse quickened boldly in the latter strides, stopping the clock at :35.26 before visiting the starting gate for a brief schooling session.

“He just cruised around there,” said a clearly pleased Baffert. “He looked good.”

“He finished awesome and I had to get a good hold of him to pull him up,” Gruss reported.

A veteran campaigner who has raced at eight American racetracks in seven states, Euroears took the starting gate session as just another day at work and sauntered back to the quarantine barn area.

Baffert, a Racing Hall of Fame trainer in the United States, had not originally planned to work the speedy and fit Euroears at Meydan as the seven-year-old son of Langfuhr had turned in bullet drills in three of his last four timed moves at Santa Anita Park in California. In his most recent race, Euroears led all the way to win the Group Two Palos Verdes Stakes at Santa Anita Park in sizzling time of 1:07.23 for 1200m (six furlongs).

“I just wanted to give him a little spin out there,” said Baffert of his change of plans with the workout, which will serve to further hone Euroears’ speed.

Baffert said there will be only one strategy with Euroears in the Dubai Golden Shaheen: “He’s one dimensional; he goes to the lead and stays there.”

Euroears will be ridden in the Dubai Golden Shaheen by American Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith, the regular rider of 2010 American Horse of the Year Zenyatta during her illustrious career.
Force Freeze – Doug Watson reports Force Freeze in 'good shape' after a pleasing piece of work on Monday. He said: "We are very happy with him and he is in as god shape as he has been all season. That ran at Jebel Ali put him spot on and it is great to be having another crack at the race with a horse who can be competitive."

Green Birdie – Green Birdie remained in quarantine having only just arrived in Dubai from Hong Kong.

Kinsale King – The defending champion of the 1200m, Kinsale King had an uneventful morning in the stable area at Meydan Tuesday.

“He walked and we turned him out this morning in the round pen and let him roll a little bit and play,” said trainer Carl O'Callaghan.  “He'll go back to the track tomorrow or maybe Thursday. I like to keep him sharp and happy.”

The six year old Yankee Victor gelding drew the rail for Saturday's title defense but his trainer seemed unbothered by the post.

“The one-hole, what are you going to do?” he asked.  “He's won from there a few times. I'm not too concerned about it.  It's just a matter of what the others – Euroeras and Rocket Man – are going to do. Are they going to send and go, or do I send and go and wait for them? I'll leave all that to Rafael Bejarano, one of the top jockeys in America – one of the best speed riders there is.

I can't worry about it too much,” he continued.  “It is what it is. We're all thinking the same thing – who's going to go and who's not. When the gates open - we'll find out then.”

Rocket Man – Patrick Shaw, trainer: “He traveled well and is eating well. He did a bit of half-pace work this morning. Felix [Coetzee, jockey] was happy and the horse came through the work well. He’s pretty much the same sort of horse that we had here last year [when 2nd to Kinsale King] he just needs a little more luck in running.”

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

Ahlaain –  David Simcock goes for glory in the Group Two US$2 million UAE Derby with Ahlaain, who is now the likely mount of Christophe Lemaire. The three year old had three starts at the Dubai International Racing Carnival and overcame a slow start to chase home Reem when last seen in the Al Bastakiya.

The son of Bernstein was out on the track under the trainer’s wife Jenny, who said: “David came out to see the horse last week and we have been very pleased with his progress. Being out here has done him good as he was immature, but being in Dubai has helped him to mature and improve. We didn’t intentionally miss the break last time and we will ride him handier this time to ensure he gets the trip. He worked from the 1200m pole this morning and quickened down the straight and that will pretty much do.”

Alexander Pope, Master of Hounds – The Aidan O'Brien-trained runners arrived in Dubai in the early hours of Tuesday morning.  The earliest the horses can make an appearance on the track will be Thursday morning.

Introvert – Introvert burst clear when upped in trip to win the Meydan Classic. “We made a mistake with this horse. The wrong trip and the wrong surface. Over a 1600m [ a mile on turf] he ran much better. Maybe over more distance he will be even better. We have to take a chance with him again on this surface because there is no other race,” said trainer Mahmoud Al Zarooni.

Khawlah – Khawlah won the UAE Oaks on her Meydan debut and now takes on the colts. “She won first time in Dubai and beat the good filly Mahbooba. We were not surprised because she [Khawlah] is tough and strong. I am really happy with her and she has a good chance. Maybe the best chance,” said trainer Saeed bin Suroor.

Laser Bullet – Laser Bullet, running for the UAE Derby, put in a routine canter on the All-Weather track under the regular exercise rider Yukio Inagaki. Kiyoshi Hagiwara, the trainer of the 3-year-old colt supervised his horse’s canter and commented, “He seems to adopt the surroundings, which is good.  He will be galloping on tomorrow morning.  My impression about the surface of All-Weather is that it is softer than our poly track course at home.”
Mahbooba, Reem, Zanzamar – Trainer Mike De Kock has a great record in the UAE Derby and fillies Mahbooba and Reem are joined by Zanzamar in what appears a very strong trio.

De Kock said: "I maintain the fillies are better than the colts this year and we have two of the best. Mahbooba will appreciate a good gallop but does have to reverse form with Khawlah.

"Reem has been a superstar and is tough. She will run well, while Zanzamar is another who will be wanting a fast pace as stamina is his game."

Mantoba – The Brian Meehan-trained runner arrived in Dubai in the early hours of Tuesday morning.  The earliest the horse can make an appearance on the track will be Thursday morning.

Splash Point – Splash Point won the Group Three UAE 2,000 Guineas. “He is by [Godolphin stallion] Street Cry. I like this horse because whatever happens to him he always does his best. You can run him from the front and you can run him from the back and he would finish in the same place because all he can give is everything. He is probably not the very highest class but he is a good horse. He is my second best,” said trainer Mahmoud Al Zarooni.

Sweet Ducky – The American campaigner recently purchased by Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov and transferred to trainer Herman Brown was sent for an 800m blowout on Tuesday morning with his UAE Derby jockey Tom Queally aboard.

Sweet Ducky’s work could not be timed due to a blanket of heavy fog that covered much of Meydan.

“He seems in good shape. We’ll see what happens,” Queally said after jumping off the Pulpit colt and conferring with Brown following the workout.

“The horse worked well and Tom was happy with him—the horse is moving well and is sound,” Brown reported. “He said he seems like a horse that will be better in a race when he can chase horses down.”

While racing in the United States for previous owners George and Lori Hall, Sweet Ducky won three of six starts, with all his wins coming after he set most of the pace. Sweet Ducky has never won at distances further than 1600m and the farthest he has raced has been [about 1,700-metre] distance of the Group Three Delta Jackpot, in which he was fourth.

South African compatriot Herman Brown saddles Sweet Ducky for the first time and said: "We have only just been sent him and he seems a lovely, scopey type but it is a big ask of a three year old to fly in and perform to their best. He will be a nice acquisition I am sure but Saturday will be tough for him."

Utley – The John Gosden-trained runner arrived in Dubai in the early hours of Tuesday morning.  The earliest the horse can make an appearance on the track will be Thursday morning.

Xin Xu Lin – Xin Xu Lin is a multiple Group One winner in South America, where he landed the Gran Premio Carlos Pellegrini – effectively  the continent's Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe - at San Isidro in Buenos Aires.

“We already know he is a nice horse, a Group One horse. He is doing well and teaching us he is a class horse. He is wide with the draw, but he has Frankie on board and I think he will run a very big race.
He is the best chance,” said trainer Mahmoud Al Zarooni.

Group Two US$1 million Godolphin Mile, sponsored by Etisalat

Conveyance – Satish Seemar was delighted with Conveyance's local debut over 1200m and expects him to build on it. He said: "We thought he would need that run quite badly so it was pleasing to see him run so well. There are no easy races on [Dubai] World Cup night but the extra 400m should suit him and I reckon he is our best chance on the night."
Crowded House – Trainer Ben Cecil arrived from California Monday afternoon no worse for the wear after the long flight.

“It's my third time over here in the last two months, so I'm used to the flight,” Cecil said.  “I fly to Europe four times a year so I'm used to the travel.”

Cecil is back in Dubai to oversee Crowded House's final preparations as he heads into Saturday's Godolphin Mile and he likes the looks of the son of Rainbow Quest, who galloped 2000m on the training track Tuesday morning.

“He seems to have more life to him than the last time I was here,” Cecil noted of the horse's demeanor. “He's rearing up a bit when we walk him which he hadn't done up until now.  Hopefully that's a good sign.”

Cecil plans to put the blinkers back on him after taking them off for the five year old's last start in the Group Three Burj Nahaar.

“I think it was a mistake to take them off him last time,” he said.  “He never got into the race early and was far back though he came on a little at the end.  I think the blinkers back on will help him.” 

Hearts Of Fire – Qatar is represented by Hearts of Fire for whom Johnny Murtagh is an eye-catching booking. Trainer Ibrahaim Al Malki said: "It is great to be representing Qatar on such a big occasion and hopefully he can run as well as he did the first twice at the Carnival. We are happy with him and really looking forward to it."

I Want Revenge – Trainer Chip Dutrow was on hand at the Meydan quarantine facility on Tuesday morning.  He was enjoying the sunshine alongside his brother Rick’s Godolphin Mile contender I Want Revenge.  While the 2009 Wood Memorial winner grazed at the end of the shank, Chip Dutrow recounted how it was that he was in Dubai instead of Richard Dutrow.

“My brother Rick’s not coming 'cause I took his ticket.  When he asked me I said I’m going this time,” Chip said.  “I missed my chance to come to Dubai a few years back so I said, 'Man, now’s the time, I’m gonna go check it out'.  I wanted to go last time with Benny the Bull and Diamond Stripes but I couldn’t get my passport done in time so I missed a party there”.

Assistant to trainer Richard Dutrow, Michelle Nevin was nearby holding the shank of Stradivinsky, who is preparing for the Al Quoz Sprint.  Nevin commented on the 4th place finish of I Want Revenge in his first start in nearly six months in the Donn Handicap at Gulfstream Park. 

“He needed the run.  He’s got no issues.  He came out of it good,” she said.

Rick Dutrow had planned to run I Want Revenge in the Dubai World Cup.  He received an invitation for the Godolphin Mile instead and now is in the unusual position of bringing a horse back off of a six- month layoff in a 1800m race, preparing for a 1600m run.

“It’s not intentional”, said Nevin.

Imbongi – It could be Imbongi's swansong according to Mike de Kock who said: "He has run some big races for us over a few years now and the chances are he will be retired. Hopefully he can go out on a high."
Le Drakkar – Abdulla Bin Huzaim trains Le Drakkar who has produced a string of good runs recently and whose form ties in closely with Hearts of Fire. The trainer said: "He improved a lot from his first runs and we are very pleased with him. It is nice to have a good runner on [Dubai] World Cup night."

Make Music For Me – The foggy morning made visibility difficult early on Tuesday morning at Meydan.  Nevertheless, what trainer Alexis Barba saw of her Godolphin Mile hopeful, Make Music for Me, breezing over the All-Weather surface left her feeling pleased.  “He looked good, he looked good”, she said.

The son of Bernstein worked an easy 800m with exercise rider Andy Durnin aboard.  While walking home following the breeze Durnin had one word for Barba to describe the workout, “perfect”.

“He is thriving here in Dubai, said Barba. “He was doing well at home too, but he is staying on course”.

Hours later Barba mentioned that Make Music for Me had returned to the barn in good fashion and would have an easy day on Wednesday.

Premio Loco – The Chris Wall-trained Premio Loco, who was one of the 11 horses that arrived on Monday morning, was reacquainting himself with the International Quarantine barn’s yard on Tuesday morning. Kevin Parsons, the travelling head lad of Chris Wall, said: “He travelled well. He knows what’s going on because he came out already for last year’s Carnival. He had a canter last Friday and will go a steady canter tomorrow morning.”

Red Jazz – Arrived in Dubai in the early morning hours Tuesday and will make its first appearance on the track on Thursday morning.

Rileyskeepingfaith – Rileyskeepingfaith stepped up in trip last time to win the Group Two Zabeel Mile. “He improved after his last race and he won his last race. I looked through the form book for the time before he came to me and it was always [1200m]. I ran him over [1200m] three times I think, and we never gave him a chance to travel. Before it was killing him but His Highness thought he should go further. He is much happier now and I think he has a nice chance,” said trainer Mahmoud Al Zarooni.

Skysurfers – Skysurfers beat the well-fancied Dubai World Cup contender Musir in the Listed Firebreak Stakes over 1600m on the All-Weather. “He runs best fresh and with time between his races. He is ready to go,” said trainer Saeed bin Suroor.

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

Better Be The One – Michael Freedman, trainer: “Everything is good. He had a good look around this morning. I'm happy with him. He's settled in well. He will canter around the turf tomorrow morning. Danny [Beasley, jockey] can give him a good look down the straight. He has been up the straight a few times at Flemington when he was in Australia [before moving to Singapore] but this grandstand does add a new dimension. He is a blinkered horse but we won't put them on ‘til race day. I don't think he will need a lot of work this week given his condition and the fact that it is a 1000m race."

Happy Dubai – Happy Dubai represents Grandstand Stables which will be a very happy place to be in Dubai on Saturday night were he to run well and the Champion Trainer seems to be getting increasingly bullish: "He is in really good form, absolutely bouncing. We know conditions suit and however he gest on he has had a great season. We are very proud to have a horse win three times at the 2011 Carnival - Inshallah he can make it four!"
Invincible Ash, Inxile, Monsieur Joe, Piccadilly Filly, Prohibit, Sole Power, Triple Aspect – All arrived in Dubai in the early hours of Tuesday morning.  The earliest these runners will appear on the track is Thursday morning.

J J The Jet Plane – Michael "Lucky" Houdalakis was at Meydan as South Africa's champion sprinter put in a short sharp burst down the home stretch at Meydan on a foggy Tuesday morning.

"He'll do the same on Thursday," said Houdalakis. "He needed his first run here, and I'd have been disappointed if he hadn't won next time. He's very well, and my only concern is the distance, maybe 1000m is a little on the short side for him these days.”

J J The Jet Plane was successful in the Group One Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Sprint in December over 1200m, wearing down Singapore's Rocket Man in the final stride in his last start at the highest level.

Mar Adentro – The Richard Chotard-trained Mar Adentro looked in fine form when he went out on the main track this morning. His work rider and travelling head lad Julien Guyot said: “We went for a gallop over 1300m and I am happy with the horse. He will have a stall test tomorrow morning with Christophe Soumillon on board.”

Mr Gruff – California invader Mr Gruff jogged again Tuesday morning at Meydan.  Carl O'Callaghan, the trainer who saddles defending champion Kinsale King in the Dubai Golden Shaheen, has been getting up on the horse since his arrival in Dubai last week.

“I don't know a whole lot about (the horse),” O'Callaghan said.  “This was the first time I got on him when I got out here. He seems pretty sharp and happy.  (His trainer) Ron Ellis flies in tonight and he'll be out here tomorrow.  He drew (post) 16 out of 16 (for Saturday's race), but that's not too bad going in a straight line.”

“I'm just trying to help Ron out,” he continued.  “We're in the same barn back home.”

Spin Cycle – Spin Cycle won the Listed Jebel Ali Sprint last time and trainer Satish Seemar is expecting another good run from his speedster and said: "We were disappointed first time but he bounced right back last time at Jebel Ali. Obviously it is a good race and J J The Jet Plane will be hard to beat but ours is fit and well and should run a good race."

Stradivinsky – After a 1000m workout on Monday at Meydan, Al Quoz Sprint entrant Stradivinsky leisurely roamed around the quarantine area Tuesday morning with assistant trainer Michelle Nevin alongside.  The big, plain bay gelding picked at the grass, searching for the sweet roots buried in the sandy dirt beneath.

Nevin, longtime assistant to Richard Dutrow, saddled both Diamond Stripes (Godolphin Mile) and Benny the Bull (Dubai Golden Shaheen) to victories on World Cup night in 2008 as her boss remained stateside.  Richard Dutrow will not make the trip again this year, but his brother Chip is here in his place.  Chip Dutrow has 10 horses in training in New York, and is quick to point out who’s in charge.  “Definitely Michelle,” said Chip.  “I’m the hotwalker”.

Stradivinsky drew post 14 in the Al Quoz Sprint sponsored by Emirates NBD.  Julien Leparoux will ride the son of Stravinsky in the Al Quoz.  The duo teamed up to win the Gulfstream Park Sprint in their last start on the Gulfstream Park turf course listed as good.

Stradivinsky will jog on the Meydan main track at 6:30 Wednesday morning, according to Nevin.

War Artist – Paul Harley (Racing Manager to owner Rupert Plersch) was at the track on Tuesday morning as War Artist completed a routine morning at the track.

"He's a remarkable horse considering he turns eight years old in August, he's like a two year old at times. He's as good now as ever he has been, in my opinion. He was a bit sore after his first run here, but did us proud last time.  Olivier (Peslier - jockey) knows the horse so well and believes in him, and I think he'll go well on Saturday. The 100m (five furlongs) might just be on the short side for him, but the pace should be decent, which will suit him, and I don't think he'll be far away."