Friday, January 20, 2012
Full field for Meydan feature on Saturday
Dubai, UAE 20 January 2012 - The Saeed & Mohammed Al Naboodah Group is the generous sponsor of Saturday's fifth meeting of the 2012 Dubai World Cup Carnival which is highlighted by the concluding 1400m Saeed & Mohammed Al Naboodah Group handicap.
The maximum field of 14 are set to face the starter and it really does look wide open as you would expect with $110,000 on offer. Godolphin are well represented with three runners in their famous colours with Bridgefield set to carry the first silks.
Al Zarooni said: "That was a very pleasing comeback run and the drop in trip should not be a problem. He is drawn in the middle so hopefully Mickael will be able to get a good position and we expect a good run."
Saeed bin Suroor saddles the other Godolphin pair with Silvestre De Sousa on Al Aasifh, making his all-weather debut after a good turf run at Meydan two weeks ago and seasonal debutant Kieren Fallon on Global City, who has a good record on the surface but has yet to win over 1400m.
Capital Attraction was an impressive course and distance winner on New Year's Eve and 2011 Dubai World Cup winning jockey Mirco Demuro rides for Ernst Oertel. He is one of a host of locally-trained runners who look capable of going close.
Canwinn, trained by Dhruba Selvaratnam and Il Grande Maurizio, representing last season's champion trainer Ali Rashid Al Raihe, both started the season in great form. Al Raihe's charge won his first three before suffering his sole defeat of the campaign at Abu Dhabi five weeks ago. He has been freshened up, seems to go well on the all-weather and has the plum draw in one.
Canwinn won his first two starts of the season on this course before finishing just behind Bridgefield last time and the drop in trip should not be a problem.
American handler Doug Watson saddles Famous Warrior who was just in front of Canwinn last time but Tadhg O'Shea's mount, who likes to race prominently, has to overcome the widest draw. Watson said: "The draw has done us few favours again but the horse is in good form and likes the surface. The drop back in trip should suit him but we would have preferred a low draw."
International flavour is provided by Zabarajad, representing Ireland for John Oxx, Brave Echo and Primaeval from the UK and Singapore's Ip Man. His trainer, Steven Burridge, opened his UAE account last week and Ip Man looks an interesting runner.
The preceding 1600m turf Al Naboodah Construction Group handicap looks the best of the other races and Bin Suroor's Man Of Action makes his local debut, in the colours of Her Royal Highness Princess Haya. He will be ridden by Barzalona with Ted Durcan on stable companion Wealthy.
With Iguaza Falls in the field a strong gallop looks assured which could bring the stamina of Selvaratnam's Swinging Sixties into play, while top-weight Prince D'Alienor looks an interesting contender from France.
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