Dark Emerald: will switch to dirt for the Godolphin MilePICTURE: Dubai Racing Club/Andrew Watkins
Powell star Emerald in line for Godolphin Mile
DARK EMERALD, one of the success stories of this year's Dubai World Cup Carnival with a pair of handicap wins, will bid for big-race glory in the $1 million Godolphin Mile at Meydan on March 28.
Trained by Brendan Powell for Ken Rhatigan, Dark Emerald has also finished second twice at Meydan this year, including in the Group 2 Zabeel Mile last time, and has earned £155,767 in prize-money.
His four starts, however, have been on turf and he faces a switch to dirt for the Godolphin Mile on World Cup night.
Powell said on Monday: "After talks with the owners we have decided to leave Dark Emerald in Dubai to run in the Godolphin Mile.
"He's still thriving and it's worth a go. He deserves to take his chance and we may not get the chance again. It's dirt first time, but he's is versatile on ground and we have four weeks to get him used to it."
Powell, who at one stage viewed Dark Emerald as a JCB Triumph Hurdle possible, will be aiming to emulate fellow Lambourn trainer Jamie Osborne who struck gold with UAE Derby winner Toast Of New York on World Cup night last year.