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Tuesday morning trackwork at Meydan

The morning started with a thick coat of fog shrouding the glistening facade of Meydan, so much so you could barely see a metre ahead on the ride to the racecourse which, for most of the media, commenced at 6:00 A.M.  Many of the Japanese runners took to the course around this time and looked in good fettle.

VICTOIRE PISA (Dubai World Cup), pictured below, and RULERSHIP (Dubai Sheema Classic) went out together for trainer Katsuhiko Sumii and both galloped three circuits in typical order.  Rulership aims for the first Japanese win on grass since the 2007 Dubai Duty Free when Admire Moon took the spoils.  All Japanese work riders are wearing stickers of the Japanese flag with “03/11/2011″ printed below the patch, remembering the lost in the devastating earthquake and tsunami. 

BUENA VISTA (Dubai World Cup) has glided over the Tapeta in her trackwork and was prancing about today through 1.5 laps of the course.  Second in last year’s Dubai Sheema Classic (G1), she holds a chance to be the first horse since Almutawakel to win the big race without a prep run in the three months leading to the Dubai World Cup.

GIO PONTI (Dubai World Cup) looked better and seemed more acclimated this morning after appearing well worn following yesterday’s trackwork.  He came around over the course of the week for last year’s Cup after anyone working on the backside at Meydan told you he had an awful travel.  The neck, girth, and kidney sweat were still present on another seasonal, pleasant morning, but in lesser quantities than Monday’s dripfest.  Before and after pictures from Tuesday are below.

Tuesday’s trackwork revealed two horses that really caught the eye, both of whom have massive chances in their respective races -  let’s tackle JJ THE JET PLANE (Al Quoz Sprint) first.  While JJ The Jet Plane doesn’t really get over the Tapeta well on race day, he trained like a champion this morning.  Bernard Fayd’herbe was aboard for the work and has the return call on Saturday.  He traveled more than 1,280 metres, according to the Trakus statistics, when winning in an erratic race on 10 March.  For comparison, the second home Iver Bridge Lad traveled only 1,230 metres in the race and was beaten only 1.75 lengths.

The other good-looker on Tuesday was Hong Kong’s BEAUTY FLASH (Dubai Duty Free).  He is a major pace presence in the race and his appearance this morning was nothing short of stellar.  Going well in the mornings is helpful, but the biggest question is the ability of the Hong Kong Mile (G1) winner to get over the added furlong.  He is arguably in the best form of his life and it makes taking the chance worthwhile.

QUICK ENOUGH (Al Quoz Sprint), pictured below staring down our camera, made a dashing appearance for trainer Doug O’Neill this morning.  He was a bit noisy when exercising on Monday morning but settled well overnight and galloped in good form today.  The son of High Brite will have pace to run at with MR. GRUFF gunning from the stands-side.

EUROEARS had some decent work this morning for trainer Bob Baffert, who was securing a prime grandstand spot to watch his quickster at about 6:15 A.M., even though the 7-year-old entire didn’t work until about an hour later.  Jim Cornes caught Euroears through 600 metres (about three furlongs) in 35.89 seconds.  We caught him only walking back towards the barn, below.


  1. Pat, I saw the paragraph on your newsletter concerning the rumors that Twice Over bled following his win in the Al Maktoum Challenge Rd. 3? I may be wrong? But I’m inclined to believe that rumors are exactly what they are. I don’t for one minute believe that Henry Cecil would race Twice Over in the DWC, or any other race for that matter, if he had bled? JMO.

  2. I’d love to say the same thing, but it’s come from very different sources, all of whom have been in Dubai for most of the racing season. It is what it is…but I’m certainly not 9-4 or 2-1 bullish on him as the bookmakers.

  3. Looks like a very hot day on Saturday. Any way of finding out which horses have acclamatised and which haven’t or those arriving late and not having sufficient time to acclamatise.

  4. I would suggest that the horses least likely to acclimate are those trained by Aidan O’Brien – they all got into Dubai late and it isn’t scorching here, but warm regardless. I’d call it pleasantly seasonal, if not hot in the late afternoon.

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