Dubai racing operation enter 10 runners across six races in eight-card meeting
Promising Run leads Godolphin's charge in third Dubai World Cup Carnival meeting at Meydan Racecourse
Godolphin's horses are out in force again for the third Dubai World Cup Carnival meeting at Meydan Racecourse on Thursday.
The Dubai racing operation have 10 entered across six races in the eight-card meeting with the Saeed bin Suroor-trained Promising Run carrying their hopes in the night’s featured Group 2 Cape Verdi for fillies and mares.
The Hard Spun mare has been campaigned in Europe and in Dubai, finishing runner up in the UAE 1000 Guineas in 2016 on dirt and claiming the Group 2 Al Rashidiya on turf the following year.
She returns to the track for her third DWC Carnival meeting after a summer campaign in England, running twice and finishing fourth at Goodwood and third at the Lingfield’s all-weather in two Listed starts.
“She’s runs in a very tough race, but she always acts better than what we see her at work,” Bin Suroor said at the Godolphin Media Breakfast at the Al Quoz Stables on Wednesday.
“She goes well fresh, as she showed last year in the Al Rashidiya, and has blossomed since arriving back in Dubai where the weather clearly suits her."
Patrick Cosgrave, who rode Promising Run in her last two starts in England, retains the ride.
Meanwhile Mike de Kock sends out Smiling Blue Eyes.
“She is a nice filly and this was always her first target," the South African trainer said. "She will improve for the run but has been going nicely in the mornings.”
Opal Tiara spearheads the three runners from England which include Singyoursong and Absolute Blast.
Opal Tiara was fourth behind Godolphin’s Benbatl in the Group 3 Singspiel at Meydan two weeks ago. She was second in Cape Verdi last year before winning the 1,800 metres Group 2 Balanchine.
“She made a very pleasing return and, hopefully, is spot on for Thursday,” her trainer Mick Channon said.
“We came straight to this race last year but decided to have a prep this time and it seems to have done her the power of good. It looks a strong renewal but she should be competitive.”
Rehana, trained in Ireland by Mick Halford, should also be fitter after the fourth behind D’bai at Meydan two weeks ago.
Bin Suroor is double handed in the UAE 2000 Guineas Trial, Division 2, with Racing Country over Moqarrab.
Racing Country raced twice in England, finishing fifth in Goodwood on turf and fourth at the all-weather at Kempton in his two career starts. He runs in the second of the two Trials, the sixth race.
“I brought him to Dubai to give him a chance to run on the dirt and see how he acts,” Bin Suroor said.
“In his workouts in the mornings, he’s doing well on the dirt. He runs over 1,400m in the Trials but ideally the Guineas distance of 1,600m would suit him better.
“We have Natural Scenery and Red Galileo in the third race. Red Galileo won this race last year. We are running them both to choose which one would go for the Gold Cup [at the Dubai World Cup meeting].
“I like the chances of Natural Scenery. She’s run some good races and been consistent.”
Frenchman Gerald Mosse is booked on the bay mare by Dubawi and Cosgrave rides Red Galileo.
Bin Suroor runs Alabaster (Oisin Murphy) and Don’t Give Up (Mosse), and Mountain Hunter (Christophe Soumillon) in the concluding handicap in which Charlie Appleby, the other Godolphin trainer, has Banksea (William Buick).
Appleby has Gold Town in the UAE 2000 Guineas Trial Division 1. He is a winner in his first and last runs in six career starts and William Buick is atop.