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UAE Derby Notes: Tuesday, March 27, 2018


Gold Town – The son of Street Cry was a brilliant winner of the UAE 2000 Guineas trial and the UAE 2000 Guineas on his two Meydan starts and will be bidding to go one place better than his sire, who was second in this race before winning the Dubai World Cup.

“I am happy with how he has come through his last two races and he will have a final blowout tomorrow morning,” trainer Charlie Appleby said. “He couldn’t have done more than he has in his two races so far, and hopefully he can put in another good performance at the weekend. He’s an improving horse.”

Mendelssohn, Threeandfourpence and Seahenge – “The three of them finished 1-2-3 at Dundalk earlier in the month with Mendelssohn winning from Threeandfourpence and Seahenge,” trainer Aidan O’Brien said.

“Mendelssohn continues to improve and we think he can run a big race. He is by Scat Daddy and is quite a strong traveler so we will learn more about him at Meydan, in terms of maybe the Kentucky Derby. Threeandfourpence went forward in his last run at Dundalk, and that might be what we do with him again. He is in good order; and Seahenge, going up in distance will suit him, and we’re hoping he can get out of the stalls a bit sharper than last time.”

Rayya – Doug Watson will saddle Rayya for the final time on Saturday. The filly is set to join the Bob Baffert barn following Saturday’s test with an eye towards the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks, at Churchill Downs. Keen to send the talented chestnut off on a high note, Watson admits he’ll continue to keep close watch.

“I’m excited to see her go on to a career in America and it will be fun to watch her over the summer,” Watson said.

Rayya, who took the Group 3 UAE Oaks sponsored by Al Naboodah Construction Group last time out, enjoyed an easy Tuesday morning.

“She just hand walked this morning. She’ll be back to the track to gallop Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and walk Saturday,” Watson said. “She came out of the work yesterday really nicely, ate up, and we’re really happy with her.”

As the filly looks to take on the boys for the first time, Watson notes that her inside draw could be a huge advantage.

“I think it’s pretty important. We’re really hopeful with that one draw. I hope she runs a big race.” Watson said. “I don’t know how much speed the other horses have. It could work as a disadvantage if she breaks slow and gets stuck down in there with all the kickback. She usually breaks pretty well and has enough early speed to hold a position with whoever is going from the outside.”


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Ruggero – He cantered for one and a half lap on the dirt track and schooled at the saddling area and the paddock under the work rider Daisuke Mizuide.

“He has good mood and looks happy. “assistant trainer Hisao Shiina said.

Taiki Ferveur – Taiki Ferveur was out on the dirt track galloping a lap and a half before schooling in the paddock with a group of other Japanese trainees.

“He worked really well this morning, “ trainer Mitsunori Makiura said. “He seems unfazed by the trip and looks just as I’d expect him to before a race in Japan. He is eating well We’ll post his final work out tomorrow on the dirt, but we couldn’t be happier with his progress. “

Yulong Warrior – Shrugging off the disappointment of a less than favorable draw, trainer Satish Seemar on Tuesday reported “all’s fine” for recent runaway winner Yulong Warrior.

Seemar watched Yulong Warrior work “nice and sharp” over 800m for Richard Mullen on his final piece of serious work on Monday morning, but within a few hours he learned that the former Irish-trained son of the 2002 Dubai World Cup winner Street Cry had been allocated stall seven, with only two outside him.

“It’s not the perfect draw, because his experience is limited and I would have preferred a lower number, but we will live with it, ” Seemar said.

That apart, Yulong Warrior continues to please connections, including Chinese businessman Zhang Yie Shang, for whom he ran three times placed in Ireland last year before being sold to Seemar for £360,000. A weekend deal means he will revert to his original colors on Saturday.


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