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Mahbooba going well for DeKock in E.P. Taylor

Mahbooba is likely one of the projected choices in Sunday’s E.P. Taylor Stakes (G1) over ten furlongs at Woodbine after her solid win over males in the Aqlaam Stakes (Listed) at Newmarket.  Third in the 2011 UAE Derby (G2) and the winner of the UAE 1,000 Guineas (Listed), Mahbooba is set to become the second North American starter for Mike deKock this year after River Jetez went third behind Stacelita in the Beverly D (G1) at Arlington.

“She’s doing very well and is well-suited to anything from 2000 (10 furlongs) to 2400 (12 furlongs),” deKock told DubaiRaceNight.com on Monday.  ”Win or lose, she’ll go back to the UK,” added the South African trainer, indicating that a start in the Breeders’ Cup is out of the question.  Depending on her result, Mahbooba could start next in Hong Kong for the Cup or Vase, both Group 1 events, or simply go back to Dubai for the 2012 season, deKock confirmed.  The daughter of Galileo will not be treated with Lasix, the permissive bleeder medication prominent in North America.  Either Christophe Soumillon or Jamie Spencer will have the call, depending on other race entries.

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  1. I was really impressed with the way Mahbooba handled the boys in the Aqlaam Stakes at Newmarket, and I also thought she ran a very respectable 3rd in her conditions stakes race at Newmarket earlier in the season behind two very good horses in French Navy and Joshua Tree. Really, only her run in the Winter Hill Stakes at Windsor is the only sub-par effort that Mahbooba has put forth this season. I think she has a really good chance of running well at Woodbine in the E.P. Taylor. JMO.

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