SeachangeSeachange (racingandsports)Champion New Zealand mare Seachange (NZ) (Cape Cross {Ire}) has arrived in Dubai after a 25-hour journey via Singapore. The six-year-old Seachange, a seven-time Group 1 winner in her homeland, will now likely use the March 6 Jebel Hatta Stakes as a prep for the $5 million G1 Dubai Duty Free March 29. Both races are 1777 meters on Nad Al Sheba’s turf course.

Seachange is set to be the first Kiwi to run at the Dubai International Racing Carnival, the prelude to Dubai World Cup day. Her groom and regular track-work rider, Jayne Ivil, said the mare endured the grueling trip as well as could be expected. “It’s taken us more than 24 hours to get here, whereas before, the furthest she had traveled was three hours to Australia,” said Ivil. “So naturally, she’s a little quiet and is taking it all in, in her own time. I think she’ll perk up once we start getting her into a routine again, and we’ll take her to the track tomorrow morning. We’ll probably give her a serious workout on Saturday morning, and continue to work her pretty hard.”

Trained by Ralph Manning, who arrives in Dubai on Friday, the star mare will be hoping to fare even better than her compatriot Sunline (NZ), who finished third in the 2001 Dubai Duty Free. “She is the best New Zealand horse since Sunline,” Ivil added. “She tries her heart out each time she races. The only doubt is the distance which may be a touch beyond her, but she will not let us down.”

Extract from Thoroughbred Daily News