CurlinCurlin (Dubai Racing Club / Monica Pinheiro) In Dubai, one of America’s top colts of last year is progressing well toward the World Cup later this month. The US Horse of the Year, Curlin, enjoyed worked over 1200m at Nad Al Sheba on yesterday morning , impressing his handler Scott Blasi, assistant trainer to Steve Asmussen.

“He’s just in a really good rhythm right now,” Blasi said. “That was his major move for the Dubai World Cup, and I couldn’t be happier with how he went and the rhythm he is in.

“He’s a very intelligent horse. It’s almost as if he knows what we’re going to do with him every day. “And as good as Curlin can feel at the barn or when he is walking, when he is on the racetrack with a rider on his back, he’s as professional a racehorse as I’ve ever seen.

“When he steps on the track, he goes to work.” In other World Cup news, last year’s UAE Derby winner Asiatic Boy is on the way back after a shock defeat in a Group Three race at Nad Al Sheba two weeks ago.

Trainer Mike de Kock declared Asiatic Boy will be a “different proposition” in the World Cup on March 29. “On reflection, we had probably left more to work on than we thought,” said De Kock.

“I had been quite easy on him in the build-up, perhaps even spoiled him a bit, and he had a good blow after the race. The World Cup has always been his target and was three weeks away so we were keen he did not peak too early. “He has come out of the race in great shape and is showing all his old zest in his work. He’ll be a different proposition on the last Saturday in March.”

Extract by Mike Hedge from Stallions Daily Bulletin