Thursday, February 05, 2009

Classic feature at Nad Al Sheba tomorrow

Friday’s second Dubai International Racing Carnival meeting of the weekend, kindly sponsored by GPD Investments, is highlighted by the first Classic of the season, the UAE 1000 Guineas.

Restricted to three-year-old fillies, ten have been declared for the 1600m dirt feature and trainer Saeed Bin Suroor, seeking his seventh win in the race, appears to have a very strong hand with Sos Brillante, a winner on the opening night of the Carnival, joined in the field by UAE debutante Devotee and it looks significant that Frankie Dettori chooses to partner the latter.

Bin Suroor said: “We were pleased with Sos Brillante’s win and she has been doing well at home since but Devotee has also been working well and has some good dirt form in America.”

Japanese contender Earth Living adds an extra dimension to the race.

The preceding race, the Concourse 2750 is a turf handicap and the longest Carnival race to date. A quality field of 14 have been declared.

Mourilyan, a dual Carnival winner for John Oxx last year, makes his first UAE start for new handler Herman Brown who said: “He is ready for a run and was highly tried last year. He was unlucky in Canada and is an exciting addition to the string – but I am sure he will improve for this run.”

The only horse giving him weight is Godolphin’s Veracity and Bin Suroor added: “He is a horse who stays well and has been going well at home. His last run in France was a good one and he will improve for this initial outing.”

Luca Cumani and Ryan Moore combined for a victory with Presvis two weeks ago and the pair team up with Swop in the concluding Mayfair 1600m turf handicap.

Arguably unlucky on the same night as his stable companion won, he faces stiff competition here from the likes of De Kock’s Russian Sage and the Alan Jarvis trained Wise Dennis who won a division of the Listed Zabeel Mile over the same course and distance last year.

Friday’s meeting offers a number of hospitality options available to suit all tastes and budgets in both the Millennium Grandstand and the Maktoum Grandstand.

Entrance to the public area of the racecourse is free of charge and there are also complimentary transfers to and from Nad Al Sheba from Dubai Marina (by Spinneys), Arabian Ranches (Shopping complex), Wafi (in front of Pyramids) and Emirates Towers (Boulevard entrance by Cartier).

Buses will leave at 5.00pm from these locations, and return departures will be at 10pm from the racecourse.

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