Thursday, March 24, 2011
Dubai Godolphin Mile Preview – Thursday March 24
Dubai, UAE, March 24, 2011 - This looks a quality renewal and a very competitive running of the Godolphin Mile, on All-Weather and which, as the name suggests, is over 1600m. Barry Hills trains Red Jazz who improved dramatically throughout last year which culminated in a Group Two victory at Newmarket having previously finished a close third to Dubai World Cup hopeful Poet's Voice in Group One company.
The surface has to be a query but he is a young, progressive horse and the highest-rated in the field.
There is a strong local challenge with Satish Seemar training Conveyance who was an excellent second on Super Thursday over 1200m but is unbeaten in two starts over this 1600m trip. He looks a big danger to all, while the Musabah Al Muhairi-trained Zafeen Speed is improving at a rate of knots and was also second on Super Thursday over this course and distance.
Mufarrh represents Champion Trainer Ali Rashid Al Raihe with Le Drakkar, trained by Abdulla Bin Huzaim, completing the home contingent.
Godolphin also have two big chances with Frankie Detorri riding Skysurfers for Saeed bin Suroor. Twice a winner over course and distance, he was third in this race last year and avoided Super Thursday to keep him fresh for this challenge.
Mahmoud Al Zaroooni saddles Rileyskeepingfaith, who won his first attempt at this trip on the final night of the Dubai International Racing Carnival. That was on turf but he ran reasonably on All-Weather on Super Thursday (behind Conveyance) and has to be respected.
Mike De Kock won this for South Africa in 2005 and his Imbongi certainly cannot be ruled out. Runner-up in the Group One Dubai Duty Free last year, he filled the same berth behind Mendip in first round of the Al Maktoum Challenge this year. He was then third to Skysurfers over this course and distance.
Qatar's Hearts of Fire has been running well at the Carnival and looks capable of a bold show, while American challenger I Want Revenge represents Richard Dutrow who boasts a 50% strike rate in the UAE.
Make Music For Me is the second USA runner and is another who certainly should not be ignored in arguably the most competitive All-Weather race of the night.
As De Trebol was just behind Zafeen Speed on Super Thursday with Crowded House further back and they look unlikely winners.
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