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UAE Derby Notes


Ahlaain –  Trainer David Simcock’s wife Jenny was again aboard the experienced Ahlaain, and she said: “I walked him through the stalls this morning just to do something different as he reared coming out of the stalls on his last run here.

“He had never done it back in England and hopefully he won’t do it again. He also had a breeze around the track as he cantered yesterday.”

Alexander Pope, Master of Hounds – Aiden O'Brien trainees remain in quarantine until Thursday morning.

Introvert – Mahmoud Al Zarooni: "He has improved a lot since winning his last race over (1600 meters) We had been running him at the wrong trip before that – (1400 meters). When we stepped him up to a mile, Introvert was much better and the extra distance of the UAE Derby could suit him even more."

Ahmed Ajtebi:  “I won on him last time when we tried a different trip. He didn’t run very (well) on the surface once, but that was (1400 meters) so maybe it wasn’t his trip. Maybe he’s a mile horse and the 1900 meters might be too much, but he has a nice draw and that can help him.”

Khawlah – Saeed bin Suroor, trainer: "She ran a huge race last time to win the UAE Oaks. She also worked pleasingly on Monday over (800 meters) and is a tough filly. The trip suits her, and she came back very well from her victory last month. Khawlah is a professional filly; she does everything easily and keeps improving all the time."

Simon Crisford: “She is well and we are hopeful, but everything did work in her favor last time. She sat in the box seat and got the run of the race.”

Laser Bullet – Running for the UAE Derby, Laser Bullet had a steady gallop on the All-Weather surface, clocked last 400m in 20.8 seconds.  Trainer Kiyoshi Hagiwara commented, “Totally speaking, he is in a very good condition. I think this climate makes him improve the condition.  He is still three years old, but he has traveled well. I wanted to check how he reacted when he was pushed hard in today’s galloping, but he answered sharply. I am happy with that, but I think he can be one more step-up until the steady action on Saturday.”
Mantoba – The Noverre colt won two races in England last summer but did not fare so well in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf when finishing 10th of the 12 runners.

He cleared quarantine this morning and stepped out on to the main track with stablemate Dangerous Midge and had some gentle exercise.

Trainer Brian Meehan said: “We took him to the Breeders’ Cup where he was drawn on the fence and the way the face unfolded did not suit him. He is progressive, I think the All-Weather will suit him and this looks a sensible race. It is a US$2 million race so why stay at home.”
Splash Point – Mahmoud Al Zarooni: "Splash Point has improved with every race and I expect him to do so again. He has learned from each race and what I like about him is that he is very honest and tries his best. He can be up with the pace or sit behind -I think he has a good chance."

Sweet Ducky – A day after he worked 800m, Sweet Ducky returned to the track for a light gallop with jockey Tom Queally aboard. Trainer Herman Brown Jr. said that the Pulpit colt, who has been displaying good energy, was asked to quicken down the stretch.

“He was quite full of himself this morning,” Brown said, adding that he expects Sweet Ducky to really improve as he matures. “He’s going to be a good horse in six months time.”

Utley – John Gosden’s Smart Strike colt shed his maiden tag at Yarmouth last September before finding the company too hot with mid-field finishes in Group company at Longchamp and at the Breeders’ Cup.

The three year old cleared quarantine this morning and had a walk on to the main track with stablemate Tazeez.

Xin Xu Lin – Mahmoud Al Zarooni, trainer: "He has not raced for us yet but he has shown that he is a nice horse. He won a Group One in Argentina over (2400 meters). He has class, this horse, but he won on soft ground and we will have to see how he gets on with the All-Weather and a bad draw in 13. Xin Xu Lin is a front-runner but I believe he will be there at the finish.”

Simon Crisford: “He’s a nice horse – a free-running type – and he comes with a big reputation, but he has got to go and prove it now. I can’t tell you he is a good thing, and I just want to see him do it on the track.”

Frankie Dettori: “I couldn’t do the weight on Khawlah anyway, and I’ve heard this new horse we’ve got from Brazil has been going really well so I’m looking forward to riding him.”

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