On the way to the Dubai World Cup – Track Notes

Dubai Kahayla Classic and Dubai World Cup Track Notes March 27

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27 March, 2014, Dubai ~ Group 1 $250,000 Kahayla Classic sponsored by Emaar – 2000m all weather

 Mushrae (FR) – Mushrae (FR) came onto the all-weather track on Thursday morning and his trainer Jean-Pierre Totain was happy to see that he had recovered well from his travels.

Totain said: “This is his first big trip and he looked a little skinny when he first arrived, but he looks well now.”

Rider Armand Sethi added: “I went for a steady canter once round the track and he is giving me a good feeling.”

Al Mamun Monlau (FR) – Al Mamun Monlau (FR) is enjoying his trips to the Meydan training track. On Thursday morning he profited from the presence of another runner to gallop on the grass and Elisabeth Garel, wife and assistant of the trainer Jean-François Bernard, said: “This morning it was a real joy to watch him work. He galloped on the grass and was in great form. The fact that we changed tracks really did him a world of good.”

Vetlana De Faust (FR) –The 5yo Qatar-trained mare, who was out on the main all-weather track at 4 a.m. with stablemate Dubday, completed a light session that trainer Jassim Al Ghazali described as “very nice training.”

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Thursday, 27 March, 2014

Akeed Mofeed (GB) Trainer Richard Gibson said: “His jockey Douglas Whyte rode him on the all-weather and gave us the thumbs up afterwards. He didn’t do much in the piece of work, just a nice blow. He has a good draw, he’s very settled and it’s so far so good.” 

Belshazzar (JPN)  Trainer Kunihide Matsuda said, “When he had a steady gallop last week, he took a little time to get his condition back, but today even after he galloped yesterday, he is as fit as fiddle and is in a great order.  I think the horse has adapted and enjoyed the training on the all-weather surface and looks very relaxed indeed.”

Jockey Christophe Lemaire said, “He looked very well in condition and has moved into the top gear.  The stable staff are also in a good mood, which is a good sign for the horse’s good condition.

Hillstar (GB)  Big-race jockey Ryan Moore took over from regular work rider Katie Reed when reacquainting himself with the Royal Ascot winner, who tacked across to the main all-weather track for the first time.

Trainer Sir Michael Stoute said: “He breezed 800m and I’m very pleased. He’s really loving it here and has settled in very well. We’ve had luck with the draw (No. 7 stall) but it’s a tough race.”

Hokko Tarumae (JPN)   Hokko Tarumae stayed at the quarantine stable area and did not come on the track this morning.

Military Attack (IRE) — Trainer John Moore said: “All’s well, thankfully. We had [jockey] Joao Moreira on him this morning on the all-weather and he was very pleased with the work. He said he handled the surface beautifully and that sort of report gives you confidence.  He has drawn well in midfield to give us options and we’d have to say we’re pretty happy with how things are going.” 

Mukhadram (GB)  Continuing to prepare for the world’s richest race on the Meydan turf course, His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid al Maktoum’s Mukhadram (GB) cantered on Thursday under jockey Paul Hanagan, who will ride the 5yo in the world’s richest race.

“I was very happy with the way he moved. He went very well,” reported trainer William Haggas. “Paul also was very happy.” Haggas said he was undecided on whether Mukhadram (GB) would take a tour of the all-weather track when he goes out for exercise on Friday morning.

Red Cadeaux (GB) – Last year’s Dubai World Cup runner-up limbered up for Saturday when appearing on the all-weather track at 7 a.m.

Trained Ed Dunlop commented: “He just cantered around the track – nothing too strenuous after his work yesterday and he continues to please me. We will drop him in from his outside draw and try and pick up the pieces if we can. He has won nearly £4million in prize money, been second in two Melbourne Cups and been second here. Everyone seems to love him and he may be a perennial bridesmaid but we will settle for that!”

Ron the Greek (USA)  Despite drawing the far outside post in the field of 16 for his Dubai World Cup sponsored by Emirates contender Ron The Greek, trainer Nicholas Bachalard is taking the misfortune in stride.

Shortly after the draw, he posted this on Twitter: @nbachalard “Won’t scratch because we drew 16 privileged enough to be in the field. Rest will sort itself out.”

Thursday morning, he reflected on the reality of the post.

“Where we are drawn is more for the handicappers to worry about,” Bachalard said. “I’m more concerned about how he handles the track and turns and that Jose (Lezcano) can keep him out of trouble.”

Under the cover of darkness at roughly 4 a.m., Ron the Greek visited the Meydan all-weather main track for the second consecutive morning.

“He went slightly faster than yesterday and I was happy with what I saw,” Bachalard said. “The exercise rider (Neji Jrichi) said he was moving well over it, and he gets on him a lot in Riyadh.”

Ruler of the World (IRE)  Subject of a half-share sale by Coolmore to Al Shaqab Racing, which was completed shortly before declaration time, the Derby winner and his five other Ballydoyle stablemates successfully passed all veterinary procedures on Wednesday evening. The team, which makes up trainer Aidan O’Brien’s biggest Dubai World Cup night challenge, continued light exercise in the quarantine area on Thursday before their scheduled appearance on the race track on Friday.

Side Glance (GB) After Wednesday’s blowout on the all-weather track, Andrew Balding’s runner had a trot on the training track this morning.

David Redvers, racing manager to owners Pearl Bloodstock said: “All that could go wrong in his prep race did go wrong but he has come on for that run three weeks ago and is in very good hands. He thrives on his travel but he does need a strong pace and his chance will depend on how well he settles.”

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