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Thursday UAE Derby Track Notes

3/23/2017

Eight of the 16 horses entered in the UAE Derby are in today's track notes. Most significant is the fact that Lancaster Bomber and Spirit of Valor, both trained by Aiden O'Brien, each stepped onto the track at Meydan for the first time.

ADIRATO (JPN) - He was walked around the quarantine barn. Trainer Naosuke Sugai said: "He is doing great. He just settled right into Dubai, it is really amazing. He is turned on and ready to go. We actually really love having the far outside gate. It fits the horse perfectly. It is the best position we could have hoped for."

EPICHARIS (JPN) - He walked for 40 minutes in the quarantine area. Trainer Kiyoshi Hagiwara said: "We will canter him tomorrow. He is in good form."

HE RUNS AWAY (ARG) - He came out onto the main track on Thursday morning and went for a strong canter once round the track. His trainer Ricardo Colombo said: “I thought about it last night, should we give him a canter or just let him tick over and in the end decided to let him go a bit faster. So he came onto the track and did a strong canter from the end of the backstretch to finish in front of the stands. Tomorrow he will just trot a bit and then he is ready for the race. I think a strong pace in the race would suit him.”

LANCASTER BOMBER (USA) - He's among nine horses from the Aidan O’Brien stable who took all the attention when they appeared on Meydan’s main dirt, making their first appearance in public since they flew in from Ireland on Tuesday morning. He was runner-up in the Dewhurst Stakes to stablemate Churchill, and was also second in the Breeder’s Cup Juvenile Turf. He will tackle dirt and be ridden by Ryan Moore, both for the first time, on Saturday. He has an entry Britain’s first colts’ Classic, the 2000 Guineas, at Newmarket  in early May.

MASTER PLAN (USA) - He returned to the main track before dawn, galloping under the lights. “I thought he looked better today than he did yesterday - I was really pleased,” said Ginny DePasquale, assistant to trainer Todd Pletcher. Master Plan, a son of Twirling Candy, joined his Pletcher stablemates during an evening schooling session earlier this week in the saddling paddock and parade ring. “They were all on their best behaviour,” DePasquale said.

QATAR MAN (IRE) – Had a spin around the track at 5.15 am under trainer Marco Botti’s wife and assistant Lucie. “We just cantered around and I was happy. The horse was quite fresh, and he’s ready to go. We’ll do the same tomorrow and look forward to Saturday.”

SPIRIT OF VALOR (USA) - He came out on the track this morning with the other eight Aidan O’Brien horses for the first time after observing the routine 48-hour quarantine period following their flight from Ireland. The War Front colt has the lightest racing record of the group, with a win and two placings from his three outings as a two-year-old.

VETTORI KIN (BRZ) – The Brazilian Group 1 winner galloped 2400 meters starting from the 200 meter marker. “I wanted him to stretch his legs a little bit down the lane,” trainer Ken McPeek said. “He’ll do the same thing tomorrow.”

McPeek has brought South American imports before to Dubai. “This is a different approach this year,” he said. “In the past we’ve shipped directly from South America to here. This time we came into Florida and trained for two months before coming. The horse has thrived there. He was impressive in his only dirt start, and he’s trained exceptionally well on it. I’ve been training him against older horses in South Florida and he’s held his own against multiple graded stakes winners down there.”


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