March 25 Track Notes for Dubai World Cup Kahayla Classic
Tuesday, 25 March, 2014, Dubai, UAE ~ Group 1 US$250,000 Dubai Kahahyla Classic 2000m all-weather
AF Lafeh (AE) – Jockey Royston Ffrench said: “He has been running well all season but this is a very strong renewal.”
Al Mamun Monlau (FR) – Al Mamun Monlau (FR), last year’s Kahayla Classic winner, went out on the all-weather track early on Tuesday morning. Elisabeth Garel, the trainer’s wife and assistant, said: “Al Mamun Monlau only did a steady canter once round the all-weather track this morning. He can be a bit difficult and we wanted him out on the track before it got too busy.”
Mushrae (FR) – Mushrae (FR), trained by Jean-Pierre Totain in France, came onto the all-weather track for the first time on Tuesday morning. He followed Cirrus des Aigles (Dubai Sheema Classic) onto the track and just went for a light canter. His rider Armand Sethi said: “This is his first major trip abroad. He travelled well and this morning it was just about giving him a first glimpse of the track. He seems well enough.”
Nieshan (FR), Manan (US) – Trainer Eric Lemartinel said: “Manan has been running well but this is a tough race. Conditions suit Nieshan who will hopefully run his usual, solid race and be thereabouts at the finish.”
Rabbah de Carrere (FR), Raazik (FR), Musharab (FR), Naseem (FR) – “It has been a great season and I would love to win this for Sheikh Mansour and complete the UAE Group 1 clean sweep. We have won the first seven but this was always going to be the toughest,” said Majed Al Jahouri.
“Rabbah De Carrere’s dam, Mizzna and grandam, Alanudd, both won the Kahayla Classic so it would be great to emulate them. He does not have a great draw though (15).
“Naseem and Raaziq are both all-weather winners at Meydan and Musharab has been in good form at home since his Abu Dhabi win.
“Sheikh Mansour also has Mushrae in the field so if one of mine cannot win I will be pleased if Mushrae does.”
Sahib De Clos (FR) – Jockey Wayne Smith said: “He is a good horse and has plenty of class form in the book but this looks a very hot race and I would be happy with a placed effort.”
Shayel Aldhabi (AE), Skoop (FR), Richlore (US) – Trainer Ernst Oertel said: “All three are fit and well but they will need to step up to win in this company. We have enjoyed another great season and hopefully they will all run well.
“Shayel Aldhabi is a lovely filly and has proven herself to be competitive in this grade and it will be interesting to see how Richlore goes on this surface as he showed improvement on the all-weather at Al Ain.
“Skoop is the best drawn and the quicker they go the better for him because he stays further.”
Versac PY (FR) – Trainer Erwan Charpy said: “He had a nice spin on the turf earlier and seems in great form. We are trying different headgear this time in one of the strongest renewals of this race I have known.
“We are all happy with him and we have a nice draw, next to Mushrae, a very good horse from France and one of the favourites. He should run well but, as I said, it is a very strong race.”
Vetlana De Faust (FR) – The 5yo mare, trained in Qatar by Jassim Al Ghazali, travelled with Dubai Sheema Classic-bound stablemate Dubday (GB), and was similarly rested on Tuesday.
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