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28 March 2018, Dubai, UAE ~ Notes from the track: Paddy’s Day – A 24-time winner from 40 starts for owner Quarter Moon Ranch LLC, Paddy’s Day put in a strong work this morning.
“He had a short little blow out this morning for the owner who was here and wanted to see him go. It was just two furlongs (400m) but he did it well, he did it very easy,” trainer Doug Watson said.
Watson expects to see jockey Pat Dobbs take Paddy’s Day to the point in Saturday’s 2000m test for Purebred Arabians.
“He’ll go forward. I don’t want to get caught behind horses rated 100, 105 – the lower rated horses,” Watson said. “We know he likes it over there (at Meydan), so even though he’s drawn 13 we’ll push forward and see where he lands after a furlong and let Pat make up his mind from there.”
It was a busy morning for Watson’s outfit with all seven of his Saturday starters enjoying a visit from the vet.
“The docs came by to trot them all up this morning and make sure they were good to go for World Cup night. They were all fresh and very well,” Watson said.
Nafees – French trainer Charles Gourdain is hoping that the lightly raced Nafees can win another Group 1 race when he lines up at the start. The 5-year-old colt came onto the dirt track at Meydan racecourse around 7am and cantered over 1600m.
“Nafees travelled over well,” Gourdain said. “He is very well in his head, always very relaxed and has a very good temperament. We are very lucky with that. The only question we have is the ground. We don’t know if he will like it, as he has never run on this surface before.
“He seems to have adapted, but he hasn’t had any real work on this ground and won’t have any before the race. He doesn’t need it. Also, he has actually never run left handed, so we shall see. The good thing is that he is fresh. We put him away last year with this race in mind and hopefully that will freshness will be to his advantage.”
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