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Trainer Bell hoping for some change of luck for Wigmore Hall

Michael Bell, the Newmarket trainer, plans to bring Wigmore Hall, his talented yet quirky four year old, to Dubai one more time following another trans-Atlantic assault today in Canada.

Michael Bell, the Newmarket trainer, plans to bring Wigmore Hall, his talented yet quirky four year old, to Dubai one more time following another trans-Atlantic assault today in Canada.

Wigmore Hall contests the Grade 1 Northern Dancer Stakes at Woodbine, where other European challengers include Luca Cumani's Forte dei Marmi, and Andrew Balding's Side Glance. After that, Bell intends to follow the same programme which served them so well last season.

The son of High Chaparral will be aimed at the Jebel Hatta at Meydan Racecourse, which he won in March by seeing off Godolphin's Poet's Voice and Presvis.

The Group 2 race will serve as preparation for the Dubai Duty Free on Dubai World Cup night in March next year.

He finished third behind River Jetez and Presvis in the same race earlier this year. But the concern for Bell will be that in three subsequent outings, he found a way to get beaten.

The latest incident was last month in the Arlington Million when, under Hayler Turner, the pair got short of room at a crucial stage before they picked up in the final 100 metres to take fourth behind Cape Blanco, ridden by Jamie Spencer.

"It is frustrating," said Bell. "We are having a really good run this season, and this horse has had no luck at all. In the Dubai Duty Free, Jamie went left and he should have gone right.

"And in the Arlington Million he had no luck in a race where the chips were huge.

"Hold-up horses are hostages to pace and gaps. You might get one but not the other. He is a good horse and may get his luck one day. It is the same for Luca, who told me he got murdered the first few times he raced in the Dubai Duty Free but then it all came right for Presvis this time.

"After Dubai, and again at Arlington you can't get stressed or annoyed about anything.

"Most of training is about disappointments. Stats-wise you lose more races than you win so you can't keep throwing your toys out of the pram, otherwise in this game you will have no toys."

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