David Simcock: will have three runners at Meydan on SaturdayMartin Lynch (racingpost.com/photos)
Simcock aiming for more international glory
DAVID SIMCOCK is aiming to follow his hat-trick of wins at Woodbine at the end of 2014 with further international glory at Meydan on Dubai World Cup night.
Caspar Netscher landed the Grade 2 Nearctic Stakes in October for Simcock, capping off a great end to arguably the trainer's most successful season on the international stage to date, supplementing the two Grade 1 victories he enjoyed with Sheikhzayedroad and Trade Storm at the same venue the previous month.
Simcock's globetrotting stars will line up on Saturday in a three-pronged assault at one of the most lucrative Flat cards of the year.
The trio warmed up for their respective assignments with very respectable runs at the Dubai World Cup Carnival, with all three running into the places on their first starts of 2014.
Caspar Netscher only gave best in the final strides of the Group 3 Meydan Sprint over the same 1,000m journey he will tackle on Saturday in the Group 1 Al Quoz Sprint. With improvement likely after his first outing, Simcock is hoping he can go close and outrun his odds of 25-1.
"I was delighted with that, it is the first time we'd had a clear run with the horse since May last year," the trainer said. "He had a pelvic problem which made the whole season particularly difficult. Everything was a rush, but he is now much better physically."
Sheikhzayedroad will take his chance in the Dubai Sheema Classic, for which the bookmakers make him a 20-1 chance.
His previous run resulted in a highly creditable second place finish behind Godolphin's Sky Hunter in the Group 2 Dubai City Of Gold, however he will need to show significant improvement to get involved in what looks an extremely competitive race on Saturday, with the market headed by Japanese raider Harp Star who is priced at a general 100-30.
Trade Storm was also second to a Godolphin runner in Hunter's Light, on his first run since finishing down the field at Sha Tin in Hong Kong in December. He is a 12-1 chance to land the Dubai Turf at the weekend.
Simcock, who has yet to saddle a winner on World Cup night added: "We are really pleased with the way all three horses are coming into their races. Trade Storm and Sheikhzayedroad are both straightforward horses to deal with. All three are mature horses who you can't help but become attached to."