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UAE Derby Notes



The $2 million UAE Derby will be run on Saturday at Meydan Racecourse in Dubai.

Notes are for a portion of the field.

Master Plan has shipped over from the U.S. and is the sole 3-year-old based in the U.S. that is declared for the race. Other probables for the race that are nominated to the Triple Crown are Adirato and Epicharis, both based in Japan; Bee Jersey, based in Dubai; and Lancaster Bomber and Spirit of Valor, both based in Ireland.

ADIRATO (JPN) - Hand walked on Monday morning in the quarantine stables. Assistant trainer Shingo Nomiyama said: "He seemed to travel well and has already relaxed into his new environment. Today we just walked him for an hour. He will gallop on Wednesday with his jockey."

BEE JERSEY (USA)  and COSMO CHARLIE (USA) - Trainer Doug Watson said: “Bee Jersey was a good second in the Guineas but is a big horse who, hopefully, is improving all the time. If he stays he should run well. Cosmo Charlie was good winning the Al Bastakiya on Super Saturday when able to get to the front. The draw is going to be crucial - if he draws well and can get close to the speed, he should have a good chance.”

EPICHARIS (JPN) - Had a light work over the Meydan dirt course. Trainer Kiyoshi Hagiwara said: "He travelled well. He cantered two laps today and he will gallop tomorrow."

MIDNIGHT CHICA (USA) - Trainer Dhruba Selvaratnam said: “She received an invitation just last week but there is nothing else for her so we may as well have a crack. Taking on the colts is never easy but she is training well.”

NOMORERICHBLONDES (USA) - Trainer Ahmad bin Harmash said: “She won the UAE Oaks nicely so course and distance clearly suit her but this will be a lot tougher taking on the colts.”

QATAR MAN (IRE) – The Marco Botti-trained three-year-old had his final workout on the main track. Lucie Botti, assistant to her husband: “That was his final piece of work and I was very happy with how he went. He didn’t have a great prep going into his last start in the Al Bastakiya and he has improved for that run, which he obviously needs to do. The draw is going to be crucial over the 1900m track, anything over seven will be fine. He needs a speed gate and if he gets it, we know he can be quickly out of there. He handles the dirt, has a good cruising speed and if he gets a similar trip to the Al Bastakiya then I think he can be competitive. Colm O’Donoghue will ride on Saturday.”

VETTORI KIN (BRZ) – New trainer Kenny McPeek, who is also a partner in the the Brazilian Group 1 winner, was en route to Dubai from his Kentucky base. He was out on the track for an easy jog at 7am.

Notes from Dubai and additional content by Dick Downey

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