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Animal Kingdom - Dubai 26.03.2013

Animal Kingdom stretching his legs at Meydan on Tuesday morning

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Animal Kingdom camp happy with Meydan prep

LEADING Dubai World Cup contender Animal Kingdom delighted trainer Graham Motion when he geared up for the world's richest race on Tuesday morning.

The 2011 Kentucky Derby winner is 11-2 with British bookmakers to triumph at Meydan on Saturday and got to grips with the Tapeta surface on Tuesday.

"Everything went well," said the US-based Motion, who was born in Cambridge.

"He just needed a blowout. He's been here almost a week and I wanted him to have a pipe-opener. It went very smoothly.

"The great thing about this horse is that he handles things like travel very well - he's got a great attitude."

Animal Kingdom, who races in the colours of Team Valor International, was second in the Preakness Stakes after winning at Churchill Downs.

He was limited to two runs last year and returned to action in a Grade 1 handicap at Gulfstream Park last month.

Motion, who identified fellow US raider Royal Delta as one of the major threats on Saturday, added on At The Races: "He'll be very comfortable on the surface. A strong pace would help, but that doesn't seem to happen over here.

"He's a fairly straightforward horse though, and you can put him where you want in a race."

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