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2017 Dubai World Cup Workouts


It was a rainy Tuesday morning at Meydan, Here are Japanese horses Adirato (UAE Derby) and Gold Dream (World Cup) coming out in the mud.
Date: 03/21/2017

On Tuesday morning in Dubai, some of the entrants for the $10 million Dubai World Cup (G1) and its rich undercard were at Meydan Racecourse on the main track, turf course, and training track. In stark contrast to the desert heat on Sunday and Monday, steady rain fell during training hours with temperatures in the low 70's 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 full card will be broadcast live on TVG in the U.S. and HPI-TV in Canada. In addition, NBC Sports Network will broadcast the four Group 1 races from 9:30am-12:30pm.

Here are photos and comments for 15 horses that were out in the rain on Tuesday. Please click the smaller photos to see a larger version.


Awardee (Dubai World Cup) cantered 2 1/4 miles on the main track. Assistant trainer Katsuyuki Kido said: "He has not been familiarised with the new surroundings, so he worked behind Lani and ran along with him to have him concentrate more. Once Awardee came up with Lani, he launched himself a bit and moved nicely. Jockey Yutaka Take will gallop tomorrow."

Keen Ice (Dubai World Cup) galloped 1 3/8 miles at 5am under exercise rider Nick Bush. Bush said, "Keen Ice is doing unbelievable. He's hitting the ground really well. He's so big, he can run off with you. But if you give him his head, he'll relax, and he's totally chilled out over here. He gets over this track so easy and so well. There should be no excuses - no reason that he shouldn't show up."

Lani (Dubai World Cup) cantered 2 1/4 miles. Assistant trainer Katsuyuki Kido said: "Everything has gone well as planned."

Postponed (Sheema Classic) went out on the training track. Will Johnson, assistant to trainer Roger Varian said, "He just had a nice blow, very much in line with what he did yesterday. He's nice and alert. It depends on the weather, but he'll either do a faster piece of tomorrow or Thursday once Roger and (jockey) Andrea Atzeni are in town."

Jack Hobbs (Sheema Classic) galloped on Tuesday morning.

Mutakayyef (Dubai Turf) galloped on the training turf at 8am.

Debt Collector (Dubai Turf) cantered on the training track. Trainer Cliff Brown said: "He's settling in better. At first it was all a bit new to him. He's a young horse and it was a change to the routine. But he's eating up well and his bodyweight is in the range that he would race at back home. He's the best horse in Singapore but this is a very strong race and that is the main problem we face. It's like he's moving from the goldfish bowl to the wide open ocean."

Opal Tiara (Dubai Turf) went out for a gallop Tuesday. Lesley White, assistant to trainer Mick Channon said, "He did the same as yesterday, just cantered for 1 mile. We'll go on the main track tomorrow for a bit of a blow, then lob along Thursday and Friday and keep our fingers crossed for Saturday."

Heshem (Dubai Turf) was out on the main track Tuesday. Trainer Christophe Ferland said, "The horse did a little canter over about 5f. It was just a little jogging to put him right. I think we will canter him properly tomorrow and then maybe give him a lung opener, which should put him right for the big night. "I'm surprised how well he has travelled over here. He lost very little weight and the weight he did lose, he has already put back on, so it's all good."

Mondialiste (Dubai Turf) cantered 1 mile on the training turf on Tuesday.

Sheikhzayedroad (Dubai Gold Cup) cantered on the training track. Trainer David Simcock said: "He is very well. He is very experienced and he's good as gold. He needed that first run back as he long break after winning at Ascot on Champions Day and will improve a lot for it. This is a very strong race, however. It's a Group 2 in name only. It is a Group 1 field but I think he is up to being in the finish as he is just so consistent."

Big Orange (Dubai Gold Cup) cantered on the training track under exercise rider Jill Dolman. Dolman said, "He's a bigger, stronger horse this year, He's grown into himself. He has such a big stride." He finished second by a neck last year in this race.

Quest for More (Dubai Gold Cup) galloped on Tuesday morning.

Quechua (Dubai Gold Cup) cantered on the training track. Trainer Ricardo Le Grange said: "He is very good shape and seems to enjoy it here. I have no complaints with how he has travelled. I've always thought that he would do well over a long distance like this trip of 3200m. The longest distance we have in Singapore is 1 3/8, so that's why we raced him in the Hong Kong Vase over 1 1/2. The first two horses in that race (Satono Crown and Highland Reel) are world-class and they pulled a long way clear, but our guy was staying on and was not beaten far by the third horse. The people in Argentina who bred him said he should stay 2 miles on pedigree and the way he raced at Sha Tin suggested the same, so I hope he can pick up some share of the prize-money with a little luck."

Trip to Paris (Dubai Gold Cup) went out on the training turf. Robin Trevor-Jones, assistant to trainer Ed Dunlop said, "He just did a lap of about 1 mile, a normal canter. We'll keep monitoring his weight, if he's putting weight on then he might need to do a bit more later in the week but he's pretty straight."

Limato (Al Quoz Sprint) galloped on Tuesday morning.

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