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World Cup entrant Great Hunter passes by Duty Free entrant Finsceal Beo on the turf on Wednesday morning.
Dubai World Cup Workouts

Date: 03/26/2008

Wednesday morning at Nad al Sheba Racecourse was another busy workout session, however thick smoke rolled in as a result of a massive explosion at a fireworks factory in nearby Al Quoz. 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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2008 Dubai World Cup Entries and Post Position Draw

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Vermilion put in his final workout on Wednesday morning (6 furlongs in 1:11.47) under jockey Yutaka Take, who declared himself very happy with his World Cup mount. "His time was faster than I expected. He did a good job today. When I last rode him at Kyoto Racecourse, his performance was very good, but I am very satisfied with his work today as well." Trainer Sei Ishizaka added, "Actually he had a bit of fever just after he arrived in Dubai this year, though when I saw him for the first time here, he had already recovered and his condition was not a problem at all. Today's gallop proved that."

Well Armed, entered in the World Cup, was out on the track Wednesday morning. He drew post 2 and trainer Eoin Harty said, "That's fine. I'll use it to my advantage. I think he's the speed of the race. It's better to be drawn inside than outside." Asked about Curlin's draw in 12, he added: "Even if they started Curlin on Nad Al Sheba road, I don't think it would make much difference!"

Kocab, owned by Khalid Abdullah, put in a maintenance gallop this morning, and drew the 4 post for the World Cup. Racing manage Teddy Grumthorpe said, "I don't think we'll be pacesetting because it's such a high quality race. He's been on the fibresand (synthetic) at Deauville, but not the dirt although he's trained extensively on it."

Youmzain, one of the expected favorites in the Sheema Classic, was out on the main track Wednesday. He finished second to European Horse of the Year Dylan Thomas twice last year, in the King George and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes and the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.

Better Talk Now, winner of the 2004 Breeders' Cup Turf, gave his handlers a hard time on Wednesday. Trainer Graham Motion (right) said, "He's kind of given us a hard time even going back to when he won the Breeder's Cup. He gave us a hard time about going on the turf course. It's always been his demeanor. With what he's done, we can forgive him. He is getting a little bit more stubborn as he gets older. It's even in the morning, not just...even in his stall in the morning. Everything becomes a little bit of a battle. He's just an old man."

Quijano drew the 2 post in the Sheema Classic, and was out on the main track Wednesday morning for trainer Peter Schiergen. Regular rider Andrasch Starke will be aboard the son of Acatenango on Saturday night.

Yellowstone breezed on the turf on Wednesday in preparation for his start in the Sheema Classic. Jockey John Egan, aboard for the work, said, "He has had an interrupted preparation, and in an ideal world we could have done with another few weeks but you can only play with the cards you're dealt. However he looks good and felt good when I sat on him this morning."

Doctor Dino galloped two laps (about 2 1/2 miles) of the turf course, quickening nicely at the end and the effort pleased his France-based trainer Richard Gibson. He said, "He's maintained his fitness well since his run in Hong Kong in December, which really wasn't that long ago. He's been working well and all his preparation has gone according to plan. I'm not really worried about the draw as over 1 1/2 miles it shouldn't make much difference."

Linngari, who lost by just 1/2 a length in last year's Duty Free, is back but drew the far outside 16 post. He finished fourth in his prep race, the Al Fahidi Fort at Nad al Sheba.

Majestic Roi drew the 2 post for the Duty Free. The Mick Channon trainee went out for a gallop on Wednesday morning. Regular rider Darryll Holland gets the call on Saturday night.

Floral Pegasus, one of two Hong Kong entrants in the Duty Free, was out on the main track Wednesday with jockey Gerald Mosse aboard. Trainer Tony Cruz said, "Floral Pegasus went well, and I'm happy with that."

The other Hong Kong entrant, Bullish Luck, was also out on Wednesday morning. Trainer Tony Cruz said, "Bullish Luck is an old campaigner, and he tends to do his own thing on the training track."

Darjina was out for a gallop on the turf course Wednesday in preparation for the Duty Free. Trainer Alain de Royer-Dupre said, "She seems well, but she is not a spectacular worker, she does the bare minimum. (The Hong Kong Mile) came at the end of a long season, and she was a little flat. She couldn't get organised at the head of the straight, and got going too late. I think she's in better condition now. This distance beyond a mile should suit her."

Dual Guineas winner Finsceal Beo was also out on the turf course for trainer Jim Bolger. She gave her handlers a tough time Wednesday morning as she came on the turf course. Regular rider Kevin Manning gets the call in the Duty Free where she breaks from post 6. Bolger said, "It's fine. It is a very competitive race. I don't think any horse is going to be inconvenienced by the draw. I'm happy with the draw. It's not something I get too hung up about."

Barcola was sent out for a Wednesday morning gallop by trainer Mark Hennig. He will break from the far outside 15 post in the Godolphin Mile under new jockey Garrett Gomez.

Jet Express will break from post 12 in the Godolphin Mile. Trainer Ali Rashid Al Raihe sent him out for some maintenance work on Wednesday. Regular rider Royston Ffrench gets the call in Saturday's race aboard the South African-bred.

Idiot Proof galloped once around the main track (1 3/8 miles) under exercise rider Iggy Puglisi on Wednesday morning. Trainer Clifford Sise Jr.. said, "That was good, very good. He acts about the best he's ever acted. That's the best I've seen him jog on a racetrack. Of course, all the (American) horses here look good. They all seem like they took the travel well."

Bushwacker, who finished last of 11 in the Sunshine Millions Sprint last out, put in some light work on Wednesday in preparation for the Golden Shaheen. Eclipse Award winning jockey Joe Talamo, who rode him to two victories at Hollywood Park will be in to ride.

Esparamos, who drew the 6 post in the Golden Shaheen, was out on the main track Wednesday for trainer Wesley Ward. New rider Garrett Gomez gets the call on Saturday.

Sarissa, the only filly entered in the Golden Shaheen, galloped on the main track Wednesday morning for trainer Pascal Bary. Regular jockey Christophe Lemaire will ride, breaking from post 12.

Calrissian, who was second in the Jebel Ali Sprint in his final prep race, was out on the main track and drew the 11 post in the Golden Shaheen. Jockey Ryan Moore gets the call on Saturday.

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