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Sheema Classic entrant Doctor Dino and his exercise rider both look pretty happy about their chances on Tuesday morning.
Dubai World Cup Workouts

Date: 03/25/2008

More Dubai World Cup day entrants were out on the main track and turf course at Nad al Sheba Racecourse on Tuesday morning, again under sunny skies and temperatures in the low 90's. Many horses went a lap around the main dirt track, which is a distance of 2200 meters (about 1 3/8 miles). Here is a selection of runners expected to start on Saturday.

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2007 Japan Cup Dirt winner Vermilion will go for his fifth Group 1 victory in a row in the Dubai World Cup. He cantered for one lap of the main track under exercise rider Shinji Furukawa, who said, "As for the travel to Dubai, it took a bit more time than expected because the flight was a little late, but the horse did not have any problems with the long flight. He is eating very well and seems to like the Dubai water. The temperature is quite different from Japan though, it is cool in the morning, so this is ok. Also, thanks to the very good air conditioning at the stable, the horse is not suffering at all from the daytime heat," Trainer Sei Ishizaka said, "I have not seen him for a week since he left Japan, but he seems to be in a good form and looks good. His jockey Yutaka Take will be riding him in a fast workout tomorrow morning."

AP Arrow schooled in the starting gate on Tuesday morning. He walked into a stall professionally, stood quietly and backed out without incident. Assistant trainer Ginny De Pasquale requested that an assistant starter join the horse in the starting stall for the Dubai World Cup as is the practice in America. She added, "He's got a Type A personality. He always wants to be doing something."

Great Hunter was back out on the main track for more maintenance work in preparation for the Dubai World Cup. Garrett Gomez will be aboard the Doug O'Neill trainee in the main event.

Gloria De Campeao, one of two French-based horses in the World Cup, went out for a gallop on Tuesday morning for trainer Pascal Bary. Christophe Lemaire will be in the irons on Saturday.

Better Talk Now galloped 1 3/4 miles on the turf course on Monday morning under exercise rider Fenella O'Flynn. She said he was "brilliant. You couldn't ask for any better. Every day he is getting better. The grass is perfect, just like it was in Texas," referring to Lone Star Park, where Better Talk Now won the 2004 Breeders' Cup Turf.

Spring House worked 1/2 a mile on the main track in 49 seconds flat in preparation for the Sheema Classic, covering the final furlong in 11.2 seconds under exercise rider Iggy Puglisi. Trainer Julio Canani said, "That's what I wanted. He looked super. He didn't get hot. He moved great and looked great. This horse is calm, cool as a cucumber. He looked very, very good."

Sushisan was out on Tuesday morning in preparation for the Sheema Classic. Trainer Herman Brown, who has three runners on World Cup night is pinning his hopes of success on his Dubai Sheema Classic entry, who was fifth in the race last year: "It's hard to choose between the three of them but if I was forced to choose I would say Sushisan has the best chance and everything seems to be in his favor."

Doctor Dino showed the most personality of any horse on the track Tuesday morning according to observers. He enters the Sheema Classic off an impressive victory in the Hong Kong Vase in December, as well as a win in the Man O'War at Belmont Park in September.

Linngari galloped on the main track on Tuesday for trainer Herman Brown He said, "The Dubai Duty Free has an extremely strong field but Linngari has the background to run a big race as he was a very strong second behind the best turf horse (Admire Moon) last year. He has the potential to perform well on the day. We need to have the horse feeling well and he'll do the rest."

Majestic Roi cantered on the main track ahead of the Duty Free for trainer Mick Channon. The daughter of Street Cry won the Sun Chariot Stakes at Newmarket on her final start last year. Daryll Holland gets the call on Saturday.

Vodka, the first filly to win the Japanese Derby in 64 years, went out for some maintenance work on Tuesday morning under jockey Yutaka Take in preparation for the Duty Free where she will take on males again. Take commented after her workout: "She was alone on the turf course, so she was shying and a bit nervous about the surroundings. I think she just was not acquainted with the place, however, once she changed into the top gear, she put in a fantastic performance and I thought that was her real form." Trainer Katsuhiko Sumii added, "She was shying a bit, but her actual performance was no problem at all. We have been doing our best for her and everything has been going well."

Jay Peg, Herman Brown's second horse in the Duty Free, was also out on Tuesday morning. Brown said, "Jay Peg is very, very fit. It will be the toughest race of his career and I think the draw will play a big part in how he runs."

Admire Aura, entered in the Sheema Classic cantered with compatriot and UAE Derby entrant Iide Kenshin. Exercise rider Tsuyoshi Matsuda aboard Admire Aura said, "The horse did not have any problem during the trip to Dubai. He is eating up very well and is in a good form. We are planning to gallop him with Iide Kenshin again tomorrow." Exercise rider Yasumasa Matsumoto, aboard Iide Kenshin, said, "Actually the horse's condition is much better than in Japan. He is very relaxed as well. He is a very smart horse and a very good boy. We will give him another fast breeze tomorrow. He will probably have a light canter from the 6f pole out and then quicken up in the stretch."

Diamond Stripes, entered in the Godolphin Mile, worked 3f on the main track in 35.20 under exercise rider Rudy Rodriguez, with the official clocker commenting that he had "plenty in hand" and was "impressive". "I really like the way he is training," said Rodriguez. "He breezed very well. Usually he is lazy, but he was very good this morning. He seems very happy and he's carrying his weight really well, which is a good sign for him. We just hope he runs as good as he looks. If he shows up here, he's going to be very tough to beat."

Watch What Happens, Hong Kong's representative in the Godolphin Mile, was sent out for a gallop on the main track by trainer Sean Woods. Darren Beadman gets the call on Saturday.

Barcola jogged once around the main dirt course under exercise rider Tony Romero who was following instructions from trainer Mark Hennig in preparation for the Godolphin Mile. He has not raced since finishing second by a head to Evening Attire in the Queens County Handicap at Aqueduct in December, his 11th start of 2007.

Jet Express cantered on the dirt track this morning under jockey Royston Ffrench and is reported to be moving well ahead of Saturday's Mile. Ffrench said, "He's in good order and he had a nice canter around. Time will tell but we have big hopes for him." Trainer Ali Rashid Al Raihe added: "All horses have a chance, everyone wants a place and we are the same. We are against very strong horses and all we can do is our best."

Benny the Bull worked 5f on Tuesday morning under Michelle Nevin, assistant to trainer Richard Dutrow Jr. Dutrow said, "I love where he's at. He's entering a race with a $2-million purse, and obviously that's very good. I'm under the impression he's gonna run big; he's giving all the signs, especially coming off two big races. He's training the way he wants to train, and a huge plus for us is that he's coming into this race as good as he's ever come into any race."

Narc went out for some maintenance work for trainer Mike De Kock. Jockey Johnny Murtagh gets the call aboard the South African-bred.

Barbecue Eddie impressed rider Iggy Puglisi, who worked the gelding 3f for trainer Brian Koriner for the Golden Shaheen. "He's a very, very kind horse. He doesn't act like a run-off, fast sprinter type," Puglisi said. "He really, really surprised me today because when he figured out that I was going to let him get to working, he was explosively fast. He is extremely quick. I clock them all and got him in like 35 3/5 seconds and I think if I would have let him work he would have gone in 33 seconds. He is fast. He did the second eighth in 11 seconds and change. Then I took a hold of him. It was just a little blowout, just to open up his lungs because he hasn't done a whole lot here, just some jogging and galloping."

Bushwacker, entered in the Golden Shaheen, jogged the wrong way 1 3/8 miles and then galloped 1/2 mile under Walter Cicero, assistant to trainer William Currin. Cicero said, "He's going to be the winner. The horse feels great. I think he's going to be the best horse in the race. He's very happy, he likes the track and feels comfortable." He won the Vernon O. Underwood in December then finished last in the Sunshine Millions Sprint in January last time out.

Massive Drama was sent out for a 5/8 mile breeze by trainer Dale Romans, who just arrived in Dubai. Romans said of his challenger for the UAE Derby, "He was on hand and he did it easily. And I just wanted whatever he did to be done easily. It was very exciting to see. It's a hard race to handicap, at least for me. I know (the Southern Hemisphere-breds, including UAE classic winners Royal Vintage and Honour Devil) are older and have a little more experienced, but I don't know how to evaluate the level of horses they've been running against." The clocker at Nad Al Sheba reported a 1/2 mile time of 46.59 and offered the comment: "Impressive work; very fit."

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