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Wednesday UAE Derby Notes


Notes on Four of the 12 entries in Saturday's Group 2 UAE Derby.

He's Had Enough – “I just got in at around 10:00 last night,” said Leandro Mora, assistant to trainer Doug O’Neill, on Wednesday morning.  “I just went over to see them (He’s Had Enough and Golden Shaheen contender Private Zone) for the first time this morning.  They ate everything up and they both seemed happy.  We’ll just take it easy the next three days.”

Mario Guitierrez will ride the 3-year-old colt on Saturday.

Keiai Leone – Keiai Leone worked on the all-weather with a half-gallop on Wednesday morning. Assistant trainer Shoichi Nishiura commented, “Everything up to now has gone smoothly.  Before his debut, I thought he would be a turf horse, but he won three times in a row on dirt.  I expect he will handle the Tapeta. Since he left Japan, everything including the travel, surroundings and track is his first experience, but he has been handled well, better than expected.  He will go to the paddock and saddling area to get familiarized tomorrow.”

Lines of Battle – Together with his four stable mates, the Aidan O’Brien-trainee was flown in from Ireland Tuesday and will be eligible to visit the main track on March 29. "This is a very professional outfit, and the horses were quick to settle in," said international supervisor Jim Cornes. "All the horses looked happy in the climate and were not stressed at all."

Law Enforcement – Richard Hughes put the colt through his paces as the son of Lawman opened up entering the home stretch. "He had a nice stretch for three furlongs, and I let him stride on," the jockey said. "He moved extremely well."

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