x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 20 January 2018

Trainer Saeed bin Suroor hopeful Sangaree will win under Frankie Dettori

The Emirati is excited to see how the six-year-old Godolphin's latest debutant fares at Meydan Racecourse.

Buzzword, second from left, is pictured on his way to winning the German Derby.
Buzzword, second from left, is pictured on his way to winning the German Derby.

Sangaree makes his seasonal and Godolphin debut in the Group 3 Al Shindagha Sprint at Meydan Racecourse tonight.

The six-year-old son of Awesome Again, who previously raced in the USA, ended his 2010 campaign with seventh in the Grade 2 San Diego Handicap over an extended mile on the Polytrack of Del Mar, California, in July.

"Sangaree has been working nicely recently and I think that we have found the right race for him," Saeed bin Suroor, the Godolphin trainer, said.

"Six furlongs will be no problem for him and he has some very good form on an artificial surface in America.

"I think that he will improve for his first run of the season but I am looking forward to seeing how he gets on."

With Frankie Dettori in the saddle, Sangaree lines up against 11 sprinters including the dual South African Grade 1 scorer Our Giant, Meydan Group 3 runner-up Mutheeb and Hong Kong challenger Dynamic Blitz.

Meanwhile, Spring Of Fame bids to continue his excellent start to 2011 in the Al Maktoum Challenge over an extended nine furlongs.

The five-year-old son of Grand Slam steps back up to Group 3 company after gaining a comfortable handicap victory over the same course and distance on January 20, but he could have his work cut out against five Group 1 winners.

"Spring Of Fame won nicely on his seasonal return and he came out of that race sound and healthy," bin Suroor said.

"He is in good form at the moment and deserves to take the step back up in class. It looks like it will be a very tough race to win this year but I am hopeful that he can run well."

Buzzword makes his seasonal return in the Handicap teaming up with his regular rider Ahmed Ajtebi.

The German Derby victor, trained by Mahmood al Zarooni, is one of five competitors in the 12-furlong turf race entered by Godolphin, the Dubai-based racing operation.

Abtasaamah, the three-year-old filly, will face seven opponents in the Listed UAE 1,000 Guineas over a mile on Tapeta.

It is the filly's second appearance at Meydan this year, having previously finished third behind Reem and Mahbooba in the UAE 1,000 Guineas Trial last month. Frankie Dettori again takes the ride.

Al Zarooni sends out six contenders from the Al Asifa Stables while bin Suroor, based at Al Quoz Stables, has a total of 12 runners.