Sunday, February 01, 2009

Saturday gallops

Saturday mornings continue to be exceptionally busy at Nad Al Sheba with trainers keen to utilise the opportunity to use the main track.

South African trainer Herman Brown’s star Jay Peg looked well under assistant trainer Terry Fripp. Ryan Moore partnered Brown’s Dubai Sheema Classic hopeful Mourilyan, while Keagan Latham was also riding out for his compatriot and was spotted on Basaltico and Desert Links.

Mike De Kock’s powerful string started early, when visibility was non-existent, but Trevor Brown was seen on UAE 2000 Guineas contender Rocks Off once the fog lifted.

Bankable, Biarritz, Russian Sage and Dubai World Cup possible Honour Devil were others noted in action once viewing had improved.

Bahrain’s Fawzi Nass took last year’s Jebel Ali Mile winner Jonquil to work on the dirt and he looked in great shape and ready for his seasonal debut expected this week.

Adrian Nicholls was on his father’s Northern Fling and John Oxx’s Red Eye Express continues to catch the eye having been ruled out of his intended local debut on the first night of the Dubai International Racing Carnival when found to be lame the morning before the race.

Mick Kinane was again in the saddle as he worked well on turf.

Germany’s Quijano, a Carnival regular who was fourth in last year’s Dubai Sheema Classic, continued his preparation on the turf, while George Margarson’s Young Mick, an excellent second on Thursday, looked totally recovered from those exertions.

Greece, France, Australia and Japan were just a few of the other countries whose horses exercised earlier.

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