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UAE Derby Notes


Notes from Dubai about Saturday's Group 2 UAE Derby. Today there's information about nine of the 12 entries with additional commentary by Dick Downey

Dice Flavor – Dice Flavor, recent winner of the Grade II El Camino Real Derby over Golden Gate Tapeta surface, had an easy gallop over the Tapeta track at Meydan Racecourse Monday morning. The Paddy Gallagher-trained son of Scat Daddy was never asked for any serious move but navigated the course with his head held high and was well within himself.  He appeared to be progressing nicely after walking the previous day. The horse was mildly ill after arriving in Dubai. “He’s doing much better,” said exercise riser Dave Heaslip.

Elleval – He’s been in Dubai for three runs at the carnival, with one win and twice fourth. He didn’t get the clearest of runs when fourth in the Al Bastakiya. With more luck on Saturday he can finish closer for trainer David Marnane.

Emotif – The filly finiished fifth in the Al Bastakiya. “She is as fit as we have had her this season, and her condition continues to improve,” trainer Mike DeKock said.  “She needs to raise her game markedly to be competitive, but she is fit and well.”

He's Had Enough – The form of the runner-up in last year’s Grade I Breeders’ Cup Juvenile has tailed off. He jogged in the quarantine area of the massive Meydan.  “He’s doing really well,” said Tony Romero, the longtime exercise rider for trainer Doug O’Neill.

Keiai Leone – Japanese invader Keiai Leone put in a slow work on the all-weather track. Assistant trainer Yuki Usami commented, “He is only three, but very settled to the new surroundings.  He has a difficult temperament, but he is more relaxed here and eats up very well.  He will gallop on Wednesday."

Lines of Battle – The Aidan O’Brien-trained 3-year-old is due to arrive in Dubai early morning March 27 and will not be eligible to train on the main track until March 29, the day before the race. The colt has not run since finishing seventh behind stablemate George Vancouver in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf.

Law Enforcement – Having arrived in Dubai March 24, the Richard Hannon-trained 3-year-old was eligible to train on the main track starting March 26. The colt has won four of his five starts to date, most recently when winning the October 13 Group 1 Grand Criterium at San Siro, Italy, going 1,600 meters on Oct. 13.

Zahee – “He has improved with each of his outings but possibly just lacks that touch of class to win this, but he will certainly run an honest, solid race,” said DeKock.

Soft Falling Rain, who might have been favored in the UAE Derby for de Kock, is not in the race. Most recently he was the handy winner of the Al Bastakiya, and he also took the Group 3 2000 Guineas at Meydan.


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