Saturday, January 17, 2009

Cumani arrives prior to Carnival debut

Leading trainer Luca Cumani was on hand at Nad Al Sheba on Saturday morning, supervising final preparations for what will be his first runners at a Dubai International Carnival on Thursday night.

Cumani is yet to have a runner at the Dubai International Carnival but was one of the pioneers of the International Stables, training Endless Hall at the facility when that horse was fourth in the 2001 Dubai Sheema Classic before his win in the Singapore Airlines International Cup.

Cumani has sent five horses to Dubai for 2009, headed by Dubai Sheema Classic contender Purple Moon with Presvis and Swop due to run this week.

“We will enter both Presvis and Swop this week with the 2000m handicap looking ideal for Presvis. Swop will be entered in the 1500m handicap but, if he does not get in, there is a race the following week for him,” Cumani explained.

“I have been here a couple of days now and am delighted with the way the horses look. Purple Moon came from straight from Hong Kong and has settled in nicely, as they all have.”

Champion UAE Trainer Doug Watson was one of many spotted supervising horses at Nad Al Sheba on a busy Saturday morning.

The American was present to see Fares and Iqte Saab work upsides on the dirt, about half an hour after new recruit Kalahari Gold had cantered steadily alone. He remains in quarantine.

Of the other pair, Watson said: “That was very pleasing and they have both gone nicely. They should be out this week or next.”

Erwan Charpy was another local trainer working horses and recent Jebel Ali Stakes hero Rampallion worked in company with striking grey Hello Morning who looks an exciting addition to the Green Stables’ team.

Bahrain’s Fawzi Nass was on hand to see Eddie Ahern put Jonquil through his paces and reported last season’s Jebel Ali Mile winner to be ‘one piece of work away from a run.’

South African’s Mike de Kock and Herman Brown were also well represented with last year’s Dubai World Cup runner-up Asiatic Boy catching the eye from the de Kock string, while Brown, standing in the grandstand, appeared happy with his horses, including Perfect Season who cantered on the dirt under assistant trainer Terry Fripp.

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