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Thursday, February 10, 2005


Mike de Kock's Dubai World Cup (Gr.I) hope Yard-Arm begins his build up towards the world's richest race, with a run in the US$200,000 Al Fahidi Fort (Gr.III) over 1,600 metres on the turf at Nad Al Sheba Racecourse on Friday.

Yard-Arm, who will be ridden by Weichong Marwing, won the J & B Met (Gr.I) at Kenilworth in April and went on to land a further two Grade Ones in 2004. The only blot in the copybook of the five-year-old South African-bred came in the Durban July (Gr.I) when he finished ninth behind his stablemate Greys Inn last time out. Greys Inn, the mount of Johnny Geroudis, and Yard-Arm will face each other again in the Al Fahidi Fort (Gr.III) on Friday.

Greys Inn, who was conceived in New Zealand and born in Kentucky, has in addition to his win in the Durban July (Gr.I) also won the South African Derby (Gr.I) and the South African Classic (Gr.I) and could be a real danger.

Twelve runners go to post in the feature race of the fifth meeting of the 2005 Dubai International Racing Carnival including last year's winner D'Anjou, trained by John Oxx and the mount of Mick Kinane.

D'Anjou did not act on the dirt when finishing ninth in the Godolphin Mile (Gr.II) on Dubai World Cup day and won on his next start back on the turf in a Leopardstown Listed race in May.

Robbie Osborne runs the Group Three Meld Stakes winner Latino Magic, the mount of Kevin Manning. The son of Lion Cavern has been a consistent performer and should be suited by the trip on Friday.

Another Irish challenger is the Dermot Weld-trained One More Round, who was runner-up to D'Anjou in this race a year ago. Partnered by Pat Smullen, the son of Ghazi finished second to Compton's Eleven in his 2005 Carnival debut on January 20th.

Satish Seemar saddles the South African-bred Al Nitak, the mount of Ted Durcan, who enjoyed his return to the turf last time when finishing a half length second here to Lim's Classic over 1,300 metres. Seemar also runs the Ryan Moore-partnered Trademark, ninth on his last outing on the Nad Al Sheba turf.

Kerrin McEvoy will be aboard the James Bethall-trained Royal Hunt Cup winner Mine, with Willie Supple partnering the former Mick Channon-trained Checkit who is now in training in Rashed Bouresly.

Tropical Star, trained by Ali Rashid Al Raihe and ridden by Royston Ffrench, has his first run on turf after finishing third to Estimraar in the Al Shindagha Sprint (Listed) two weeks ago.

Racing starts at 6.40pm with the Saudi Arabian Plate over 1,600 metres for Purebred Arabians. Mazin Al Kurdi's Velte, winner of the first round of the Al Maktoum Challenge (Gr.I), looks to have the ability to claim this race with the placings going to Ryan Giggs and Bengalant.

De Kock's Roehampton is looking for another Carnival win and runs in the second race the US$90,000 Turkish International Stakes over 2,400 metres on the dirt for Thoroughbreds.

The mount of Marwing, Roehampton just got up on the line to win by a neck from Curule on his Nad Al Sheba debut over 1,800 metres on January 27th.

Gary Moore and jockey Darryll Holland team up with Adopted Hero, a distance winner in Spain, who was disappointing on his Carnival debut when finishing down the field on the opening night.

Channon's Compton's Eleven is looking for back to back Carnival wins and lines up in the third race of the evening, the US$110,000 Brazilian International Stakes over 1,200 metres on the turf.

Compton's Eleven will again be partnered by Sam Hitchcott who was aboard the four-year-old when he was a course and distance winner on the opening night of the 2005 Carnival.

David Flood runs Jonny Ebeneezer who was just under a length second to Twilight Blues on February 3rd and was placed behind Prince Aaron on the opening night. Conrad Allen's Prince Aaron will also line up in the third race and will be ridden by Gary Carter.

Kevin Darley-partners the Nigel Tinkler-trained Pic Up Sticks, who was a 2004 Carnival winner when trained by Mick Channon.

Alma'arry, trained by Al Raihe and the mount of Ffrench, has a good chance of claiming his first Carnival victory in the US$110,000 Singaporean International Stakes over 1,500 metres on the dirt.

International contenders in the race are the Gerald Butler-trained Prince Tum Tum, Holland in the saddle, and the Doug Watson-trained Christavelli.

Watson's Chinkara, a neck behind Roehampton last time out, has a great chance in the fifth race of the evening, the US$90,000 Italian International Stakes over 1,800 metres on the dirt.

M C Tam runs Change the Grange, the mount of McEvoy, who was just over a length behind Chinkara on January 27th. Butler is represented by Helm Bank with Gay Kelleway running Lygeton Lad.

Philip Mitchell's Corriolanus, Kinane up, is looking for his first Carnival win in the US$175,000 Irish International Stakes over 2,400 metres on the turf. Corriolanus was runner-up over 2,000 metres on the turf on January 27th and was doing his best work at the end of the race, the extra 400 metres will not hamper the son of Zamindar.

Mark Johnston runs Gateman who ran three times in the 2004 Carnival ands then returned to England to win the Earl of Sefton Stakes (Gr.III) at Newmarket in April.

T-Bird, now in training with Erwan Charpy, should run well in the final race of the evening, the US$110,000 South African International Stakes over 1,200 metres on the turf.

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