x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

Jockey turned trainer Head is excited by the future

The man responsible for training Goldikova to a record three Breeders¿ Cup Mile victories, paid his first visit to the new Racecourse yesterday.

Freddy Head, the man responsible for training Goldikova to a record three Breeders' Cup Mile victories, paid his first visit to Meydan Racecourse yesterday.

The former six-time French champion jockey had come out to watch one of his three Dubai-based horses but the runner was balloted out of the race and Head found himself able to relax and soak up the surroundings without the pressure of being in competition.

"It wasn't the best start to my Meydan career," said the affable trainer with a smile as he discussed his maiden trip to the course.

"But perhaps it's better. I have to say though, that this is my first time at Meydan and it really is an impressive place. Beautiful and extraordinary, I think that sums it up."

Goldikova was recently voted America's female turf horse of the year for the second year running, emulating the 2004 and 2006 winner, Ouija Board.

And Head's runner could potentially win the award for a third year as she is to remain in training and contest a fourth Breeders' Cup Mile.

"She is a very special mare," said Head, who twice won the Breeders' Cup Mile himself as a jockey.

"She will stay in training and I will look at the same sort of season for her as she had last year. She does not need too much racing so we will follow a similar plan."

Head is also excited about his two Dubai World Cup hopefuls, Marinous and Rajsaman, who are owned by Abu Dhabi's Saeed al Rumaithi.

"They have both won Group races and Marinous recently ran in Japan, but I am most pleased with Rajsaman who was fourth in the Hong Kong Mile in Singapore in December, and only a length-and-a-half off the winner."

Head, who flew back to France last night following the racing in Meydan, said he will return to the UAE in February.

"I will come back and stay for a bit longer next time," he said of his plans.