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Thursday, March 24, 2011


Al Quoz Sprint Preview – Thursday March 24


Dubai, UAE, March 24, 2011 - Added to the Dubai World Cup card last year, this turf race has been reduced from the traditional 1200m to 1000m this year and upgraded to Group Two status.

The maximum of 16 will face the starter but it may not be as competitive as the numbers suggest; the 2009 winner JJ The Jet Plane is a genuine Group One performer who will be very hard to beat, despite dropping to the minimum trip for only the third time.


The remainder look very closely matched with Group One winners War Artist and Sole Power perhaps heading the opposition. The latter represents Ireland, as does Invincible Ash, and does go well fresh, whereas War Artist, now trained in France, has won at the Dubai International Racing Carnival in each of the last two years but is perhaps better over 1200m.

Mar Adentro is also trained in France and was an excellent third in last year's Prix De L'Abbaye at Longchamp.

Sole Power's big win was over this trip at York last year when Piccadilly Filly was third and it is hard to see her reversing that form.

A fast and frantic gallop is guaranteed with the likes of Inxile sure to blaze the trail, as well as American hopeful Quick Enough who also likes to race prominently. American runners have yet to win a turf race on Dubai World Cup night but Stardivinsky is a second runner for the States and should not be ruled out given trainer Richard Dutrow's great big night record.

Their third runner Mr Gruff was Group One-placed when last seen but has been off the track since May.

Local challengers Happy Dubai and Spin Cycle both won their most recent starts and the first named, trained by Champion Trainer Ali Rashid Al Raihe, has been a revelation this year and is certainly progressive.

The aforementioned Invincible Ash has been running well at the Carnival but has ground to make up on Happy Dubai, Monsieur Joe and Prohibit from their previous clashes at Meydan.

The latter pair represent the UK, as does Triple Aspect whose trainer Willie Haggas has had a winner in the UAE.

Better Be The One has been running well in Singapore and has a good record over 1000m.


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