aabe84b241158210VgnVCM100000e56411acRCRDapproved/thenational/Articles/Migration/2010-02So Shiny is all set to sparkle on Tapeta9abe84b241158210VgnVCM100000e56411ac____So Shiny is all set to sparkle on TapetaLast year's UAE 1,000 Guineas winner will face the Brazilian sprinter Sol de Angra for the Jaguar XF Trophy.<p>DUBAI // When Mike de Kock talks up one of his fillies, you listen. Raihana won the first thoroughbred contest at Meydan Racecourse last week, and now he has tipped Zirconeum to follow in her footsteps.
The Cape Verdi runner will be treated with a healthy dose of respect this evening.</p>
<p>Not that she would not have commanded respect anyway - she is a Group One-winning filly in her native South Africa and came second to Big City Life in the country's biggest race, the Group One Durban July last year.
Add to that the fact that De Kock's stable is in rude health after claiming the first two thoroughbred races of the Dubai Carnival. It is easy therefore see why Zirconeum will be viewed as a threat.</p>
<p>"She's good enough. She travelled well but got injured when she first arrived which put her a couple weeks behind the rest, but she's coming along nicely," said De Kock.
The sprinters also take to the Tapeta tonight.
Jerry Barton's So Shiny is back in the country from her Saudi Arab-ian home to build on her successful 2009 campaign.
Last year's UAE 1,000 Guineas winner and UAE Derby fourth has been looking very well indeed in her work.</p>
<p>Ridden tonight by Olivier Peslier, she faces Brazil's Group One-winning sprinter, Sol de Angra, in the Jaguar XF Trophy.
Trainer Antonio Cintra, who was responsible for three runners yesterday, gave his charge a canter on the main track on Wednesday.
More used to running over the five-furlong sprint distance which is more common in Brazil, Cintra is interested to see how his charge will handle the extra furlong tonight.</p>
<p>"I know he is fast, so in Dubai we have been working on his stamina so he stays the extra distance," said Cintra of the runner, who will be ridden by Brazil's Tiago Pereira.
"The extra furlong is not really so good for him. He has had just two gallops, but he has plenty of ability I do have hopes he can finish in the first three."
Mannjal, the local runner, will run for William Buick and Dhruba Selvaratnam, the successful Jebel Ali combination,</p>
<p>He won a six-furlong conditions race on dirt at Jebel Ali two weeks ago, but this is his first time on the new surface.
Presvis, on his seasonal debut in Dubai, will draw a lot of interest.
The talented 2009 Audemars Piguet QEII Cup winner was runner-up to Gladiatorus in the Duty Free last year and occupied the same finishing position in the Singapore Cup to Gloria de Campeao.
His trainer, Luca Cumani, declined a shot at the Group Three 1m1f Al Rashidiya on turf yesterday, a race which was held over the course and distance of this year's Dubai Duty Free.</p>
<p>Instead, Presvis tellingly gets his first taste of Meydan Racecourse on the Tapeta in today's Al Tayer Motors Trophy, a handicap held over the 1m2f of the Dubai World Cup.
With Kieren Fallon in the saddle, he faces just two rivals, Godolphin's Allbayr under Ahmed Ajtebi, now fully recovered after his nasty opening-day fall, and De Kock's Zulu Chief under Paul Devlin.
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