Long pointed for the Dubai World Cup (G1), Gitano Hernando did not disappoint as the 1-2 favorite stormed home a convincing 4.5 length winner of the Winter Derby Trial at Lingfield. Jockey Kieren Fallon got into the colt with about three furlongs to run and bending for home, the Goodwood (G1) winner from October lengthened his stride and easily kicked away under a full drive. While the quality of the field was far from strong, the second home Suits Me being a meer listed winner, trainer Marco Botti likely got the performance he was looking for from the son of Hernando.
Meanwhile, legendary trainer Henry Cecil has affirmed his hand for the $10,000,000 race with Breeders’ Cup Classic third, Twice Over. Press Association noted that Cecil was “unusually confident” in his colt, who galloped a circuit over the Lingfield course. Click HERE for the full story. Tom Queally was aboard for the ride just days after some mounts at Meydan to familiarize himself with the course.
Also noted is that the colors of Khalid Abdullah’s Juddmonte Farms will also make an appearance at the Dubai World Cup meeting with Summer Mile (G2) second and Nayef Joel Stakes winner Confront, a Dubai Duty Free (G1) or Godolphin Mile (G2) contender. Fellow Sir Michael Stoute trainee Spanish Moon, nipped out in a photo from last year’s Dubai Sheema Classic (G1) will return for another try.