As reported this evening on the Dubai Racing Club Blog:

The Mike de Kock trained (and South African owned) dark horse - Mullins Bay - was spotted working at Chantilly (the home of the French Derby) this morning. Sent to Dubai last year for the Dubai World Cup, the G3 winning and multiple stakes placed son of Machiavellian did not make an appearance and has not in fact had a start in 12 months.

Currently in John Hammond’s stables in France, Mullins Bay galloped with another Dubai graduate - Oracle West - plus another French stablemate over 9 furlongs today and after trailing both horses into the straight and working against the bit, he worked home strongly and was well clear of both challengers as they crossed the line.

Hammond reports that Mullins Bay is still only 75% fit. He plans to run him in a Conditions race next week and, all going well, will then set the horse for a start in a Gr 1 race over 10 furlongs in Rome the following weekend.

Winner of his 3 starts leading into Dubai World Cup Night (including a facile victory in the Gr 3 Dubai City of Gold) Oracle West unfortunately finished towards the back of the field in the Gr 1 Dubai Sheema Classic. Unraced since March, the 5 yo son of Western Winter has been nominated for a French Gr 2 race this weekend.

Also spotted on the gallops were the South African triumvirate of Linngari, Sushi San and Great Rythmn. Linngari has been quite the consistent prize money earner in Europe this season, winning the Gr 2 Goldene Peitsche (Ger-G2) on August 27 then dead heating for 2nd - just a short neck from the winner, the Godolphin-owned Caradak - in the Gr 1 Prix de la Foret at Longchamp a fortnight ago.

The Herman Brown string is currently in the capable hands of Diego Lowther with the latter two horses only having emerged from their onerous quarantine period 3 weeks ago. According to Summerhill Stud proprietor Mick Goss, who was present for this morning’s work, “all of them look terrific and Linngari really does catch your eye as an outstanding individual.”

Asked how Mullins Bay was progressing Goss responded “Mike [de Kock] was on the phone shortly after the horse came back to the stables and we’re all extremely pleased with his work this preparation. He has made a lot of progress during his lay off and has matured physically and mentally. We expect a big showing from him in Dubai next year