It’s Week 4 for the Carnival with the feature race this evening the Gr 3 Haafhd Maktoum Challenge.

In Race 2, the Nayef Trophy over 1500m on turf, Herman Brown campaigns the Brazilian Gr 2 winner Yorokobi on the turf, the 3 year old’s first outing on the surface. Another South African bred - FEZ - also starts for Satish Seemar.

Brown says Sendalam, his runner in the third race, The GREEN DESERT STAKES (also over 1500m on turf) has a chance after a good first up run when he ran second. He is however facing the highly fancied Stream of Gold.

The first of the Mike de Kock runners appears in Race 4, the Ekraar Trophy (1400m, dirt). Drift Ice has run twice since arriving in Dubai, the 5 year old’s best effort his last start second to Almaram last week. The stable report that the gelding “is extremely well and if he manages to overcome the wide draw, we expect him to contest the finish”. Another South African bred, the promising National Captain, starts for Satish Seemar.  

The Listed STORMING HOME CAPE VERDI Stakes sees the De Kock trained Alexandra Rose (a last start Gr 1 placegetter at Kenilworth) and Brown’s Imperial Ice step up with a capacity field of 14 runners. De Kock says that Alexandra Rose “has blossomed in Dubai and has shown very good work at home.  If not slightly in need of the run she should go very close to wining.” Brown is equally upbeat about the chances of Imperial Ice who is said is “working very well but will beed to run well as this is a very string field. If she runs in the first four we will be extremely happy with that.”

The South African sire of the moment - Jet Master - has his Gr 1 placed daughter Jet Past, also racing for Seemer.

In race 6, the De Kock stable will be hoping that Bennie Blue will atone for his defeat 2 weeks ago when he finished a long way behind the eventual race winner Tabadul. De Kock says the horse “has improved since his last run”.

The feature race for the evening is the Thoroughbred Group 3 HAAFHD AL MAKTOUM CHALLENGE Gr 2 (1800m, dirt), a race that was won by De Kock in 2004 with Victory Moon. Tonight the wraps will come off Summerhill’s prized group winning son of Machiavellian - Mullins Bay. Frankie Dettori takes the ride on the last start Gr 2 placegetter (his defeat on that occasion handed out by Ramonti who went on to run 3rd in the Gr 1 Hong Kong Mile in December; the horse subsequently purchased by Godolphin) . The De Kock stable hold Mullins Bay in high regard and “expect a huge run”.

The Brown trained Tiza steps up in Race 8, the MUJAHID STAKES (1300m, turf). Admitting he was disappointed with the 4 year old’s performance at his last start, Brown says that he did however come out of the race well and the stable remain confident that he will run to his best this evening.

In the final race of the evening - the Muhtathir Cup - another horse with Summerhill connections -the former South African based Bianconi - runs for Satish Seemar. He will need to show more class to challenge this field this evening however. Meanwhile De Kock campaigns the South American bred Candy Critic. This is Candy Critic’s first run in Dubai and the stable expects the South African Oaks winner and Equus Champion Stayer for 2006 to need both the run and further ground.