Saeed bin Suroor and Mike de Kock
(Photos : Dubai Race Night / Racing Post)
AL MAKTOUM CHALLENGE ROUND TWO
The fifth meeting of the 2010 Dubai International Racing Carnival takes place today. All eight races, one of which is for Arabians, are on the Tapeta and 13 horses have been declared for the Gr.3 Al Maktoum Challenge Round Two which is to be run over a new trip of 1900m this year on the new surface. The Mike de Kock pair Mr Crazy Boy (Numerous), the only three-year-old in the race, and Mr Brock (Fort Wood), are drawn one and thirteen respectively and the trainer hopes both can go well in an open contest.
He said: “Mr Brock won well last time over course and distance and deserves this step up in class. He has a bit to find in a tough race, while Mr Crazy Boy will relish the step up in trip but it is a big ask on the ratings.”
Saeed bin Suroor and Godolphin are well represented and Frankie Dettorirides Jalil(Storm Cat), who progressed through the ranks to contest the 2008 Dubai World Cup. Ahmed Ajtebi rides Allybar (King’s Best), on whom he has already won at the Carnival, with Ted Durcan on Calvados Blues (Lando).
Bin Suroor said: “All three should run well; Allybar is obviously race fit and came out of that win in very good form. Jalil will be better for the outing but is a horse we have always liked, while Calvados Blues is a new horse who has been training well.”
Sir Michael Stoute and Ryan Moore combine with Perfect Stride (Oasis Dream), a Royal Ascot winner last year and the jockey is hopeful of a good show: “He is a nice horse and seems in excellent heart. It is a decent contest but I expect a big run.”
Local South African hope Jet Express (Jet Master) has been a real star for trainer Ali Rashid Al Raihe and jockey Royston Ffrench, who said: “He has won his last four, all at Jebel Ali, but seems to prefer the Tapeta to the old Nad Al Sheba dirt track. This is his toughest test this year but he seems to be in good form still and I am hopeful he will run well.”
Extract from European Bloodstock News