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Wednesday's UAE Derby Notes


Balada Sale - The Pascal Bary-trained filly Balada Sale went on the all-weather and did the same work as yesterday. Her regular work rider Christophe Bretez confirmed: “She did a three-quarter slow canter, followed by another three-quarter canter - just as she did yesterday.”

Burano – Brian Meehan’s recent Meydan winner enjoyed a gentle spin around the main track under his regular work rider.

Daddy Long Legs/Wrote - The six-strong Ballydoyle contingent emerged from quarantine for their first collective glimpse of Meydan racecourse. Led out by Dubai World Cup contender So You Think, the sextet walked around the outer of the main track for one circuit before turning at the winning post to canter for one circuit the right way round.

The whole contingent was made up of So You Think, Daddy Long Legs, Await The Dawn, St Nicholas Abbey, Wrote and Treasure Beach. At the conclusion of exercise there was much collective interplay among the riders and their horses, all of which looked spritely.

“They had a good look around and we are very happy,” said Ballydoyle’s travelling head lad, Pat Keating. “I'll talk to Aidan (O'Brien) tonight, and he'll decide what they'll do tomorrow and Friday.”

Entifaadha – He worked under Richard Hills on the main track Tuesday. On Wednesday, he went to the training track.

Genten – The three-year-old colt based in Japan did a steady canter over 1,000 meters on the all-weather. Trainer Yoshito Yahagi commented, “He changed the lead smoothly, his condition is very good. I think there is no hitch about Genten except for that he is still green as a three-year-old. The owner was also happy with his condition, and he seems to enjoy here. I am very pleased to give the owner such an opportunity, and it is my job.”

Helmet – The chestnut colt did steady work over 1,200 meters. Trainer Peter Snowden is satisfied with his condition heading into Saturday’s race.

Lucky Chappy - The good news for trainer Graham Motion’s staff is that their UAE Derby contender Lucky Chappy seems to be flourishing in the desert sun. If there is a downside to his peaking condition, it's that the Team Valor International runner has turned into something of a bucking bronc in his morning work.

Arriving at the Meydan track on Wednesday with Dubai World Cup entrant Royal Delta, Lucky Chappy dropped in behind the Ballydoyle string.

Since the Ballydoyle string took one lap at a jog and another at a slow canter, assistant trainer Alice Clapham had to steer Lucky Chappy around them for clear room to gallop. Without a workmate to follow, the Irish-bred colt started to express his high spirits, and as he galloped out of the stretch and around the turn, he bucked several times.

“That’s basically him. That’s why we like him to have company in the mornings,” Clapham said. “He’s feeling really good, and that’s half his problem.”

Clapham said she tries to stay quiet in the saddle and use finesse to keep Lucky Chappy focused on his work. If a rider tries to be forceful with him, he will become more unsettled and fight back, she said.

Lucky Chappy galloped about 2,000 meters (approximately 1 1/4 mile) as Motion watched from the grandstand side of the track. Other than the challenge of keeping Lucky Chappy on the ground, Clapham said nothing could be better with the colt. “He seems to be thriving out here,” she said.

Red Duke – He arrived on Monday. John Quinn’s three-year-old Hard Spun colt could make his first track appearance on Thursday.

Yang Tse Kiang - Trained by Richard Chotard, he went on the All-weather under regular work rider Julian Guyot who said: “Today he cantered over 1,300 meters on the all-weather. He is well and I’m happy with him.”


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