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UAE Derby Notes


Friday's Notes from Meydan

Ahlaain –  Trainer David Simcock’s wife Jenny was again in the saddle as the UAE Derby outsider stretched his legs on the course ahead of his fourth start in Dubai.
Alexander Pope, Master of Hounds – The Aidan O’Brien-trained duo had their second outing on the course and covered a circuit of the All-Weather track with Dubai World Cup hope Cape Blanco sandwiched in-between.
Laser Bullet – Laser Bullet walked in the stable area Friday morning. Trainer Kiyoshi Hagiwara commented, “I did not want him to be excited on the day before the racing.  That’s why he did not come out on the main track this morning.  I think this is better preparation for tomorrow.  I suppose he is in a good condition, better than at home.”

Sweet Ducky –  Sweet Ducky's former trainer Kelly Breen said from Louisiana that Sweet Ducky has outstanding potential.

“That horse is so talented, I don’t think you’ve gotten to see the best of Sweet Ducky yet,” said Breen. “He was perfectly sound; we never had an issue with him. That’s the part you miss, knowing he’s going to get better. But it’s part of the business that it is a business, and when you can take a profit you do, and that makes some of the mistakes you’ve made or horses that might have gotten hurt a little bit easier pill to swallow.”

Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov purchased Sweet Ducky from George and Lori Hall. The son of Pulpit will carry Kadyrov’s colors in the UAE and is now saddled by Herman Brown Jr.

Brown said today: "He's a lovely horse, tall and leggy. He cantered this morning; looks good."

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