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Dubai World Cup: horse notes and updates for March 24th

Thoroughbred horse racing's Group 1, 2000m Dubai World Cup with a total purse of $10m is set for March 29th. Five days out and here are some notes and updates on the likely runners. Post positions will be drawn on Wednesday, March 16th.

Akeed Mofeed (GB) -- “No problems from what I hear so far. He seems to be very happy in his new environment,” said trainer Richard Gibson from Hong Kong.

“I’ll be there myself on Tuesday morning but he did fast work at Sha Tin last week and we went out there very fit horse.”

Belshazzar (JPN) -- The 2013 Japan Cup Dirt winner walked and jogged for a lap and then cantered easily for another lap on the all-weather track on Monday.

Assistant Trainer Takumi Matsuda said, “Everything has gone well so far.  He also looked well in condition.”

Hokko Tarumae (JPN) – Winner of five Group 1 races, Hokko Tarumae worked for two laps on the all-weather track on Monday.  The 5yo horse trotted and was then ridden a bit harder in the home stretch.

Assistant Trainer Katsuichi Nishiura commented: “I am very happy that he could handle the grip on the all-weather track.”

Military Attack (IRE) -- “We kept him to the quarantine area this morning. The travel from Hong Kong went okay,” said assistant trainer George Moore.

“My father [trainer John Moore] has just arrived and he will oversee the preparation from hereon but it’s so far, so good.

Mukhadram (GB) -- His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid al Maktoum’s multiple English Group stakes winner arrived at Meydan early on Sunday morning on a flight with other English-based competitors.

Elizabeth Budden, an assistant to trainer William Haggas, said the 5yo son of Shamardal (USA) travelled well and enjoyed “a trot around the ring today” in the quarantine barn area. Mukhadram will be eligible to leave quarantine and resume training on Tuesday.

Red Cadeaux (GB) – On Monday morning, the 2013 Dubai World Cup runner-up cantered on the all-weather track ahead of Saturday’s Dubai World Cup sponsored by Emirates.

Trainer Ed Dunlop’s travelling head man Robin Trevor-Jones said: “He worked on Saturday and then had an easy day yesterday. He had a normal canter this morning and is his usual self – he is very happy in himself and he loves this surface. He has been doing 12-second furlongs (200m) for fun and does love the ground.”

Ron the Greek (USA) -- Trainer Nicholas Bachalard indicated that he will decide “later this afternoon”, whether the Dubai World Cup sponsored by Emirates contender, Ron the Greek (USA) will visit the Meydan all-weather track for the first time Tuesday or Wednesday morning.

Sanshaawes (SAF) – Trainer Mike De Kock said: “We always thought he was capable of winning at the Dubai World Cup Carnival and he won well twice but his Super Saturday run, when second in the Al Maktoum Challenge Round 3, was his best effort.

“With a better draw he would have finished closer. Hopefully we get a good draw on Saturday but he needs to improve again to be competitive.”

Side Glance (GB) – The 2013 Dubai World Cup fourth-place finisher ran seventh in the Group 1 Al Maktoum Challenge R3 Sponsored by Emirates earlier this month on his return to Dubai. Andrew Balding’s representative was not on the main track on Monday morning.

Surfer (USA) -- “This was the race we wanted to run in him so we were delighted to get the invitation. The 2000m trip suits him better than the 1600m of the Godolphin Mile. Fingers crossed he gets a good draw,” said trainer Satish Seemar.

From Dubai Racing Club



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