UAE Derby Notes: Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Gold Town – The son of Street Cry, winner of the UAE 2000 Guineas Trial and the UAE 2000 Guineas, is pleasing his trainer.
“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 – “Everything has gone according to plan with him,” trainer Aidan O’Brien said. “He won his prep run at Dundalk very nicely and we’re hopeful he can see out the distance as he goes beyond a mile for the first time.”
Rayya – Leading trainer Doug Watson will send out Rayya against the boys for the first time. The filly will break from the inside post under rider Pat Dobbs in what will be her final start for Watson before heading to America and the care of trainer Bob Baffert.
Rayya was in good spirits on Wednesday morning.
“She was real fresh off her day off,” Watson said. “She cantered a 2000 meters and did it well. We're really pleased with her.”
Boasting two wins and two seconds from four starts, Rayya has maintained her health going into the biggest race of her career.
“She's glowing,” Watson said. “We still have a couple more days of training, but I couldn't ask for her to be doing any better. If she's good enough, with that draw, she should run well.”
Reride - No notes.
Ruggero – The invader from Japan had a brief gallop on the dirt track with the trainer Yuichi Shikato, who had just arrived at Meydan, supervising him. The 3-year-old colt clocked the last 200 meters in 12.1 seconds.
“I am happy, and he is in good order. The distance shouldn’t be an issue for him. He is always relaxed, is not tense and is easy to control. I have told the rider to work for 1000 meters in around 70 seconds and stretch out in the last.” Shikato said. “The field will be strong, so hopefully he can run his race.”
Seahenge - No notes.
Taiki Ferveur - No notes.
Threeandfourpence - No notes.
Yulong Warrior – The new ‘old’ owner of Yulong Warrior could be taking to the American Classic trail.
Satis Seemar, who continues to train Yulong Warrior following his weekend repurchase by Chinese businessman Zhang Yie Shang, revealed the tentative plan. “He was nominated (to the Triple Crown) at the last possible moment, and if he goes well on Saturday, his new connections may be interested in going in that direction,” Seemar said.
The new connections are, in fact, Yulong Warrior’s old ones. Bought by Yulong Investments for $180,000 at the Keeneland September yearling sales in 2016, he ran three times placed in Ireland for trainer Michael Halford before Seemar signed a check for £360,000 at a pre-Royal Ascot boutique auction in London in June last year.
Three races at the Dubai World Cup Carnival, culminating in a runaway win by 11 and a half lengths in the listed Al Bastakiya on Super Saturday, prompted the buy-back.
As Yulong Warrior, who had his final serious work-out on Monday, continued his gentle preparation on Wednesday for his most severe racecourse test, Seemar said: “As far as a possible trip to the US is concerned, we’ll have a meeting next week and decide the best course of action. I go race-to-race, so let’s see what Saturday brings first.”
Edited Emirates Racing release