Royal Delta and Animal Kingdom galloped at Meydan Monday morning in preparation for Saturday’s $10 million Dubai World Cup (UAE-G1).
Monday track notes from Dubai Racing Club:
Royal Delta – Royal Delta galloped once around Meydan and visited the starting gate as part of the typical routine trainer Bill Mott follows with his runners before a race. The two-time American champion stood quietly in the gate as assistant starters patted her neck.
“Everything is good so far,” said Mott’s assistant Rodolphe Brisset, who also serves as Royal Delta’s exercise rider. “She just flew over this track.”
Animal Kingdom – Animal Kingdom galloped approximately 2400 meters and appeared more relaxed than he had in his first two days of training at Meydan.
The 2011 Kentucky Derby winner and American champion “is settling into the routine now,” said Alice Clapham, assistant to trainer Graham Motion and exercise rider. “He was very happy this morning. He galloped great, and we’re very happy with him.”
Motion is due to arrive in Dubai on Monday night and will decide what the 5-year-old will do over the next four days prior to the race.
Dullahan – American trainer Dale Romans’ duo of Dullahan (Dubai World Cup) and Little Mike (Dubai Duty Free) both walked in the quarantine barn area on Monday following their 1000-metre workouts on Sunday. They will return to training on Tuesday, with both scheduled just for jogs, said exercise rider Tammy Fox.
Meandre – The Andre Fabre-trained Meandre arrived like all of the French-trained horses on Saturday and made his first contact with the track he will encounter in the Dubai World Cup on Monday morning.
Travelling head lad, Richard Lambert said, “We went to the track this morning where he trotted and then cantered over 1200 metres. This is what he will be doing for the rest of the week. He travelled well and looks in good form.”
Planteur – The Marco Botti-trained horse, a late-closing third in last year’s US$10million Dubai World Cup sponsored by Emirates, arrived in Dubai early morning March 24 and is eligible to train on the main track beginning March 26.
The 6-year-old warmed up for his second tilt at the world’s most valuable race by winning the February 23 Winter Derby Trial Stakes (Eng) on Lingfield’s synthetic surface over the World Cup trip of 2000 metres
Red Cadeaux –Ed Dunlop’s Hong Kong Vase winner has been in Dubai for a little over a week and exercised 1800 metres on the Tapeta track. The globetrotting 7-year-old will be having his first start in Dubai on World Cup night and boasts excellent International form having finished a nose second in the 2011 Emirates Melbourne Cup.
Dunlop’s traveling head lad Robin Trevor-Jones said, “He seems in good form and his rider said that today was the best he has felt since he arrived on Sunday last week. He did a canter over 1800 metres today and the plan may be to exercise him on grass on Wednesday or Thursday.” Red Cadeaux will again be ridden by his Hong Kong-winning pilot Gerald Mosse.
Treasure Beach – “We were very happy with him on Super Saturday and he ran a very good trial on his first all-weather start, staying on well having been last turning in,” said trainer Mike De Kock. “He has definitely improved a lot, both mentally and physically since then and is continuing to do so. Perhaps ideally I would have preferred another couple of weeks but he is in good shape and we expect him to go well.”
Royal Delta/Watkins photo