$6 million Dubai Turf sponsored by DP World (G1)
Benbatl – Won his first two starts at the 2018 Dubai World Cup Carnival before finishing second on Super Saturday in the Group 1 Jebel Hatta over the same 1800m on turf.
Like all the trainer’s eight Dubai World Cup night runners, he cantered 2000m on the Al Quoz training track on Friday.
Trainer Saeed Bin Suroor said: “He is, we think, improving and a horse we have very high hopes for. From a better draw he might have won on Super Saturday and this time we have a good gate in stall five.”
Deirdre – Jogged and went for a lap to canter on dirt.
“She moved comfortably in the home stretch this morning. I think she is getting better every day. Hopefully she runs her race from the draw, which is a bit wider than we hoped for but not bad at all,” exercise rider Yuta Komiyama said.
Lancaster Bomber/War Decree – Trained with their stablemates at 7am.
“Lancaster Bomber is a very solid horse,” trainer Aidan O’Brien said. “He gets a mile (1600m) well but I’m not sure if he gets a mile and a quarter (2000m) so this trip is somewhere in between. He has gone the right way from three to four and the lads seem happy with him since he travelled.
“We were delighted War Decree got in. Deauville had his slot but he developed a little bit of a temperature so War Decree got his invite. He worked very well on the Polytrack at Dundalk a few weeks ago. He is in good form and we are very happy with him.”
Monarchs Glen – As on Thursday, had an early visit to the Meydan turf course just after 5am in company with the Sir Michael Stoute-trained Poet’s Word.
“His condition looks good and we know he has to improve a little in Saturday’s race,” said Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager to owner Prince Khalid Abdullah. “But he has been gelded over the winter and seems to have done well since.”
Neorealism – Joined companion Satono Crown to school at the receiving barn, saddling area and paddock before they worked on the turf course at Meydan.
“They have gone through everything they are likely to experience tomorrow, from the receiving barn to the turf course. They worked for 1000m this morning on turf,” trainer Noriyuki Hori said.
“Satono Crown has shifted into another gear after the fast workout and is ready. Neorealism is a bit too nervous sometimes, but this time he is more relaxed than in the past so I am very happy with him.”
Real Steel – Cantered a lap around the dirt track before schooling again in the paddock. “The draw is perfect and if we can get a position mid-pack during the race we’ll be ideal. He is doing really well this year. In both his work yesterday and his outing today he is moving really well,” trainer Yoshito Yahagi said.
Vivlos – Went for a light gallop over the dirt track this morning. “She is perfect. No problems whatsoever. Cristian Demuro has ridden her before so that should help this Saturday as well,” trainer Yasuo Tomomichi said.
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