Nicholls earmarks ten for Dubai Carnival
DAVID NICHOLLS is sending the largest European-based team to the 2009 Dubai Carnival with a party set to reach double figures.
The Nicholls contingent for the carnival, which starts on Thursday week at Nad Al Sheba, includes Abraham Lincoln and Hindu Kush, both formerly trained by Aidan O'Brien, along with Munsef, previously in the care of John Dunlop.
Abraham Lincoln, a five-year-old son of Danehill, finished second in the Group 3 Greenlands Stakes at the Curragh last May and made his final appearance for O'Brien in the Prix de l'Abbaye at Longchamp on Arc day.
Nicholls said: "He probably won't go to Dubai until the middle of February, as there's a possibility that he'll be running on World Cup night and, if he went too early and stayed more than 90 days, we'd need to get involved in a period of quarantine.
"Our plan at the moment is to give him two races at the carnival, the first being a six-furlong conditions race towards the end of February."
Hindu Kush, a son of Sadler's Wells, was fourth behind Conduit in the St Leger.
"Like Abraham Lincoln, there's a possibility that he'll be running on World Cup night, so he won't be going to Dubai until mid-February," said Nicholls.
"We'll start making a definite plan for him once we know what his ultimate target is likely to be."
Munsef, a Zafonic gelding, has also joined Nicholls after being purchased at the horses-in-training sales and the seven-year-old, who raced successfully in the Hamdan Al Maktoum colours during his days with Dunlop, posted some sound efforts over 1m4f in 2008.
Nicholls said: "We haven't had him all that long, but he looks a nice horse and he's got some decent form.
"He's run in Group races and was second in a Listed event at Ascot last season, so I hope he does well for his new owner."
Nicholls' other acceptors for the carnival are Buachaill Dona, Jack Junior, Northern Fling, Royal Power, Strike Up The Band, Valery Borzov and Versaki.