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UAE Derby Update -- Tuesday

3/25/2014

March 25 Notes

Notes and comments about the entries in Saturday's UAE Derby at Meydan Racecourse in Dubai.

Cooptado (ARG) – Jockey Pat Dobbs said: “He seems a nice new horse, but we will find out a lot more about him on Saturday.”

Giovanni Boldini (USA) and Sir John Hawkins (USA) – From the Ballydoyle stable of Adian O’Brien, they're both nominated to the Triple Crown and have a typical O'Brien itinerary. They left Ireland on Monday evening and were due to arrive at Meydan late on Tuesday afternoon. They're scheduled to clear quarantine on Friday, the day before the race.

King Rubi (GB) -- Trained by Matthieu Palussiere, King Rubi left the quarantine yard for the first time on Tuesday morning. He cantered on the all-weather track. His rider Daniel Cooper said: “He travelled really well and we came out this morning for a steady canter just so that he could see the place. I’m happy with him.”

Toast of New York (USA) -- Toast Of New York, nominated to the Triple Crown, cantered a lap on the all-weather track. Trainer Jamie Osborne said he was pleased.

“He didn’t lose much in condition on the trip and is already back to his usual weight. He is the first runner I’ve had at the Dubai World Cup meeting, and I know it’s a big ask. He’s won two bad races very well (by 16 and 12 lengths),  but I believe he is the best horse I’ve had for a long time, so we decided he deserved his  chance.

“I’d hate to think we’re here just to make up the numbers. I haven’t had a horse this good in a number of years. I had a champion two year old Milk It Mick, who won the Dewhurst (2003), but he was an out and out two year old, although he did go on to win a grade 1 in America as a five year old. Toast of New York was probably not as good as him at two, but physically he’s different, he’s 16.2 hands already and could be a group 1 horse in the making.”

Jamie Spencer will ride in the UAE Derby.

March 24 Notes

Cooptado (ARG) – “He has settled in nicely, and his form in Argentina looks good. We have worked him on the Meydan all-weather and he seemed to handle the surface well,” said trainer Doug Watson.

Jallota (GB) – Trainer Mike de Kock said: “If he stays he should run well, but the trip has to be a concern.”

King Rubi (GB) -- Trained by Matthieu Palussiere, he arrived in Dubai on Saturday evening and will leave his quarantine yard for the first time on Tuesday morning.

 

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