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Friday's UAE Derby Notes

3/30/2012

Balada Sale - Trainer Pascal Bary watched his filly Balada Sale canter on the all-weather and said: “She slept well, ate everything. She is in good spirits and is ready. She went for a jog and then cantered half way down the track.

Daddy Long Legs / Wrote - Daddy Long Legs and remained in maintenance mode for the third consecutive morning on the main track. They accompanied their four Ballydoyle stablemates in completing one circuit of walking and another of easy cantering.

The exercise was overseen by three of Coolmore proprietor John Magnier’s sons: J. P., M. V. and Tom, the last a key figure within Coolmore Australia.

“The lads who travelled with the horses are very pleased with their condition,” said Tom Magnier, who arrived overnight. “Since I got here, everyone has been telling me they horses look fantastic, and I agreed when I saw them this morning. We have six runners this year; when there is such fantastic prize money you have got to send horses and compete for it. We are very much looking forward to tomorrow.”

Wrote landed the Group 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf on his last outing on Nov. 4 and looks to have made good physical progress in the interim.

Entifaadha - He completed his preparation when moving easily on the main track. The colt has improved physically since he arrived in Dubai four weeks ago but trainer William Haggas feels more is needed if he's to be competitive.

“He will have blinkers on for the first time on Saturday,” the trainer said. “I hope they draw some improvement from him, because to my way of thinking, he needs to come forward by about a stone to be competitive. That might be too much.”

Genten - Yoshito Yahagi, trainer of Genten, said in somewhat broken English: “I really think he is very relaxed and in a good shape.  The distance is a bit longer than his best travel, though Craig should handle this.  It must be a good experience for a young horse to bring the foreign country, which should improve him a lot.”

Craig Williams, jockey for Genten, said: “He was very smooth and relaxing this morning.  The distance is a question mark for him, but he can handle it as I ride him this morning and see his condition.  He improves a lot last time I was riding last year in Japan, and I am expecting a good performance. “

Lucky Chappy - Trainer Graham Motion gave Lucky Chappy an easier assignment on March 30, letting the High Chaparral colt gallop a shorter distance and at a slower pace than he has been working while following American champion filly Royal Delta in her morning romps at Meydan this week.

“I wanted to give him a little reserve for Saturday,” Motion said.  “He had a really good work before he left (the United States, and he’s had a lot of very strong gallops over here.”
 
While Lucky Chappy once again acted up during his exercise, pinning his ears and trying to jump around rather than galloping forward, assistant trainer and exercise rider Alice Clapham was able to keep the difficult colt mostly to task.

“She’s done a good job,” Motion said of Clapham. “That’s pretty much his normal personality,” Motion said. If anything, he  is “less naughty” now than when he was acquired after winning a stakes in Italy last year, according to Motion. “I couldn’t be happier with him,” said Motion, who described the UAE Derby as “a wide open race” with each entrant having a valid chance.

Yang Tse Kiang - Yang Tse Kiang looked a picture of calm when he went for a spin on the all-weather. But his trainer Richard Chotard explained: “He wasn’t always this relaxed. He has gotten rid of all of his riders, me included, at one point or another. This morning he just jogged.  It’s hot and he has done all his work. He is in good form.”

 

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