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2012 Dubai World Cup Workouts


Boby di Job (UAE Derby), Dux Scholar (Mile), and August Rush (Al Quoz).
Date: 03/27/2012

Tuesday morning in Dubai, entrants for the $10 million Dubai World Cup (G1) and its rich undercard were at Meydan Racecourse on both the main Tapeta track and the turf course for some final work before the big night on Saturday. In contrast to Monday, the sun was out and the temperature hit the mid 80's, as the mercury is expected to approach 100 later in the week. Post positions for the main event will be drawn on Wednesday, and the races will be run Saturday evening (Saturday morning in North America), with the World Cup going to post at 9:40pm local time (1:40pm ET). In North America the card will be broadcast live on TVG in the U.S. and HPI-TV in Canada.

2012 Dubai World Cup entries
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Here are photos and comments for 21 horses that galloped Sunday or Monday. Please click the smaller photos to see a larger version.


Royal Delta (World Cup) galloped about 1 3/8 miles on Tuesday in company with UAE Derby entrant Lucky Chappy. Mylor Rider, assistant to trainer Bill Mott said, “That’s the first time we’ve seen that (kicking up heels) from her, she’s feeling good." Exercise rider and assistant Leanna Willaford added, "She saw all those people and just decided to do something silly. She feels great. She just does things so easily.” Mott arrived at the barn shortly after and said, “She looks great,” he said. “She’s sassy.” Royal Delta is bidding to become the first filly or mare to win the Dubai World Cup. The previous best finish by a female runner was recorded by Japan’s To the Victory, who was second to Captain Steve in 2001.

Transcend (World Cup) did a routine canter on the all-weather track under the regular exercise rider Hisami Yamashita. Yamashita commented, “Everything is going according to the plan. His condition is improving each day. He will gallop once again and should be fit perfectly for the race.”

Jakkalberry (Sheema Classic) was out tuesday with exercise rider Keith Williams aboard. Williams said, “He did his usual Tuesday thing: one lap just to stretch his legs,” said exercise rider Keith Williams. “The horse is generally very well. He has plenty of character and is ticking along.” Williams added that Jakkalberry may do something more strenuous when Botti assesses the him when he arrives in Dubai on Wednesday.

Xtension (Duty Free) was out for a gallop under jockey Jeff Lloyd. George Moore, son and assistant to trainer John Moore said, “He is eating up well and looked bright and happy this morning."

Green Destiny (Duty Free) switches back to turf in the Duty Free after struggling on synthetic. Trainer Herman Brown said, "He was purchased initially with the Dubai World Cup very much in mind but just failed to fire on Super Saturday. He was virtually pulled up but returned sound so he was scoped and had swallowed some of the all-weather. He looked a very progressive horse last year for his previous trainer in England and shows an excellent turn of foot. The one draw may not be ideal for a hold up horse and there will be plenty of horses ridden for luck from off the pace."

Sepoy (Golden Shaheen) blew out 1/4 mile in 22 seconds under jockey Kerrin McEvoy. Trainer Peter Snowden said, He really finished off well which suggests to me he has really made significant improvement, he worked as well as at any time he has at home.” Sepoy will remain in Dubai with new owners Godolphin and will be transferred to a new trainer after this start.

Giant Ryan (Golden Shaheen) came out onto the main track at Meydan at about 6 a.m. Tuesday and as he did yesterday, and jogged one circuit of the all-weather course and then galloped a second circuit as he prepares for Saturday. Unlike Monday the Biznath Parboo-trained son of Freud blew out the final 200m down the lane.

Rocket Man (Golden Shaheen) galloped on the main track under jockey Felix Coetzee. Trainer Pat Shaw said, “Back home in Singapore he has come back to his old self and I have tried to make this preparation for Dubai as close to what has worked so well before. He is a year older and this race is probably a bit stronger than what we have faced here before, but he is still a force to be reckoned with and we are happy with him going into Saturday night.”

Regally Ready (Al Quoz) galloped 1 1/2 miles on the turf. Devron Leingang, assistant to trainer Steve Asmussen said, “We can’t say this is the reason why or this is the reason why (he finished 13th in the Meydan Sprint). We are just hoping that the flight took a little something off of him or the course was a little bit softer, but no excuses. He’s a little stronger now than before.” Assistant and exercise rider Mandy Seim added, “I just like to get him out for a little while in the afternoons, and he stands and stares for what seems like hours. I’m not sure what he’s looking at, but he seems to enjoy it here.”

Eagle Regiment (Al Quoz) galloped on the turf under assistant trainer Raymond Tsui. Trainer Manfred Man La Keung, who had just arrived from Hong Kong, said his Group 1 winner would return to the main track on Wednesday or Thursday to top off his preparation.

Joy and Fun (Al Quoz) breezed on the all-weather under trainer Derek Cruz who pulled up the veteran sprinter content with how the exercise had gone. “We galloped about 900m; he moved well and he’s spot on for the weekend. Let’s hope it’s a good omen again,” he smiled. Meydan clockers caught the final 600m (3/8 mile) of Joy and Fun’s work on Tuesday in 42.40 seconds with the last 200m (1/8 mile) being clocked in 11.80 seconds.

War Artist (Al Quoz) will be having his second start for the yard in the Al Quoz Sprint, a race in which he was second last year. He ran well in the prep on Super Saturday (he placed seventh) and trainer Mike DeKock said: “He really rather surprised me the other day and ran a good race. Luck in running is going to be key with 16 runners charging up that straight but I am very pleased with him and he can run well definitely with conditions to suit him.”

Helmet (Derby) will start in the UAE Derby for new owners Godolphin. Trainer Peter Snowden said, “The Boss (His Highness Sheikh Mohammed) is the best winner and the best loser I’ve ever seen and I hope my first runners for him in Dubai can do the colours proud. At least if he does miss the start as he did at Flemington at his last start he should be able to keep out of trouble. The all-weather is not as firm as some of the artificial tracks in Australia and I’ve noticed that some horses tend to labour on it but Helmet has tended to skim over it.”

Yang Tse Kiang (Derby) came to the track with his compatriot Balada Sale in tow. Yang Tse Kiang was ridden by regular work rider Julian Guyot who said: “I did a slow canter over 1400m (7 furlongs) and he is in great form. I’m very happy with him.”

Lucky Chappy (Derby) followed Royal Delta over 1 3/8 miles on the main track, under assistant trainer Alice Clapham. Trainer Graham Motion said, “I couldn’t be happier.” While, by the trainer’s own description, the smallish Lucky Chappy is “not an imposing horse,” looks can be deceiving. “There’s not much to him, but he’s a tough little guy,” Lucky Chappy and Royal Delta have been working together because the colt, who is used to European-style training, performs better when he is following another horse. In turn, the filly does not like to leave the barn area unless she follows another horse, so Lucky Chappy takes the lead at that time. “It’s worked out well for both of them,” Motion said.

Entifaadha (Derby) breezed with regular rider Richard Hills aboard. Hills said, “He just blew out for the last 500 m (5/16 mile). He felt great and has come forward a lot from his last run.” Hills, 49, will retire after Dubai World Cup night on Saturday. He spent the last 15 years as retained jockey to His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum. As for his prospects aboard Entifaadha in the UAE Derby, the jockey said: “For me, it’s a more competitive race than last year. There is a Breeders’ Cup winner (Wrote) in there, along with two or three others, but you could virtually throw a blanket over the rest of us.”

Boby Di Job (Derby) was out for a maintenance gallop on Tuesday for trainer Mike de Kock.

Joshua Tree (Gold Cup) is now in the care of Marco Botti and has raced three times at Meydan this year. He goes into unknown territory over the 3200m (2 miles) on Saturday and enjoyed a leg stretch on the all-weather under Botti’s wife Lucia. “He is well, came out of his last race fine and is fit and ready to go,” said Mrs. Botti. “I think he should stay the distance as he was fifth in the St Leger as a three-year-old and I have definitely seen an improvement in him while he has been out here. His final piece of work was on the grass and we are now just keeping his routine going in the build-up to Saturday.”

Bronze Cannon (Gold Cup) goes Saturday for trainer Herman Brown, who said, "We have six runners on the night and they all seem very well and in great form – the best I have had them this year. We have done ok at the Carnival but having as many runners as we can on Saturday has always been the target. We could have gone to the Dubai Sheema Classic with Mikhail Glinka but, realistically, the Dubai Gold Cup looked a more viable winning opportunity. We know he stays well and I am hoping for a big run. We also have Bronze Cannon in the race but Mikhail Glinka looks our main hope."

Shamalgan (Mile), he only French raider in this race, looked in good form when he came onto the all-weather track on Tuesday morning. His trainer Xavier Nakkachdji said: “He worked yesterday on the grass over 1,600m. He was on his own. I wanted him to change tracks to keep him switched on. He had a nice stride and I was happy with him. So this morning we just went back onto the all-weather where he did a slow canter.”

Dux Scholar (Mile) jogged on the main track in preparation for Godolphin Mile.

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