Friday, March 02, 2012
South Africans banking on Meydan feature
The Commercial Bank Of Dubai sponsor their second racemeeting at Meydan this weekend, a six-race card starting at 6.35pm highlighted by the Al Dana Wealth turf handicap worth $175,000 over 2000m.
Twelve have been declared with South African Mike De Kock responsible for both Anaerobio and Rerouted. The former will be having his fifth 2012 Dubai World Cup Carnival outing and will be ridden by Mirco Demuro, while Kevin Shea partners Rerouted who will be having his fourth start at Meydan and is running for the third consecutive week.
De Kock's compatriot Herman Brown opened his 2012 tally on Thursday with Bronze Cannon and Royston Ffrench will be in the saddle on the trainer's Mikhail Glinka.
Brown said: "Mikhail Glinka ran very well first time but has struggled a bit since. It was nice to get a winner on the board on Thursday and hopefully he will run well in a competitive race."
Both Godolphin trainers were in double form on Thursday and Saeed bin Suroor is responsible for three of the 12 runners, including local debutant Grand Vent, the choice of Frankie Dettori.
The four-year-old is having his first start in the Godolphin blue silks, having raced in France and is joined in the field by stable companions Masteroftherolls, to be ridden by Kieren Fallon, and Quick Wit, seeking a second 2012 course and distance victory under Silvestre De Sousa.
Bin Suroor said: "All three are in good form at home and both Quick Wit and Masteroftherolls have run good races at the Carnival already but Grand Vent has not run since June. He will improve for the outing but is a nice horse and is working well. I am looking forward to running him."
Fellow Godolphin handler Mahmoud Al Zarooni relies on Simon De Montfort who was a course and distance winner at the 2011 Carnival but has not won since. Mickael Barzalona takes the ride and Al Zarooni said: "He is in good form at home and showed last year that he can go well fresh so I am hoping for a good run."
Australia's Unusual Suspect and Scandinavia's Grafitti give the race a truly international flavour alongside Summit Surge, trained in the UK by Luca Cumani, an Italian training in Newmarket as is Marco Botti who saddles Marcret who looks a big threat to all under Ryan Moore.
Godolphin's Tahaamah looks the Pick Six banker in the 2200m Mustaqbali all-weather handicap with Dettori riding for Bin Suroor. The horse was very unlucky over course and distance on his sole UAE outing to date, finding no room on that occasion and finishing second behind Tanfeeth. The four-year-old colt should gain compensation here.
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