Several changes to the projected fields came through from the Dubai Racing Club on Friday as trackwork saddletowel updates were released. The Fugue was indeed shifted to the Dubai Duty Free where Mike de Kock trainee and Jebel Hatta third Anaerobio was added to the list of runners. No horse has been added to the Dubai World Cup after The Fugue’s defection to the Duty Free.
Amico Mio dropped from the Dubai Sheema Classic list and has remained there. He was a 100-1 shot on most of the international books. Doug Watson’s Meydan Classic winner My Catch is an addition to the Dubai Golden Shaheen, bringing that expected field to 13. Meanwhile, that is the same number now projected for the UAE Derby as two Aidan O’Brien trainees are out – Michaelmas and Oklahoma City. Jamr and Ralston Road were added to the Dubai Gold Cup, bringing that likely field up to 16.
Doug Watson trainee Limario, who ran a deceptively good race first-up in the Maktoum Challenge, has accepted for the Godolphin Mile while Dr. Marwan Koukash’s Gabrial is added for the race as well. Saudi sprinter Alsaaeqah has defected from the Al Quoz Sprint while locally-based Sholaan takes her place with a field of twelve.
In the Kahayla Classic for purebred Arabians, the likely field is now up to 16 with several additions, making it a highly competitive race.