Mahmood Al Zarooni-trained filly Gamilati is seeking a second career victoryPICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)
Gamilati toface five rivals on Meydan debut
Preview: UAE, Thursday 11.35am GMT (Live on ATR/RUK)
Meydan: UAE 1000 Guineas Presented By Longlines (conditions race) 7f,tapeta,3yo fillies
CHERRY HINTON winner Gamilati will face five rivals including ex-Clive Brittain filly Alsindi on her Meydan debut in the 7f UAE 1,000 Guineas Trial on Friday.
The Mahmood Al Zarooni-trained filly is seeking just a second career victory, having shed her maiden tag in the Group 2 Cherry Hinton Stakes and raced only once - when dead last in the Lowther Stakes at York - since the Newmarket race.
"Her first three runs were all very good and she was probably unlucky not to have won both the maidens in which she ran," said Al Zarooni.
"We knew going to Newmarket that she was improving and Frankie Dettori gave her a great ride in the Cherry Hinton Stakes.
"York was disappointing but we are all entitled to a bad day at work. She has had a lovely break since then and has really enjoyed the Dubai weather. She is working nicely and we hope the Tapeta surface will not be a problem for her."
Alsindi also boasts winning Group form at Newmarket, narrowly scooping the Group 3 Oh So Sharp Stakes when with Clive Brittain. Like Gamilati, she then disappointed in her final UK start before joining the UAE yard of Ali Rashid Al Raihe in anticipation of her winter campaign. She receives weight from Gamilati, while conceding it to the other four.
"She is a nice new filly to have in the yard and we are verymuch looking forward to running her. She has done everything we have asked of her at home and seems perfectly happy on the Tapeta," said her rider Royston Ffrench.
"Her winning form in the UK was very good, as was Gamilati's of course, and hopefully she can build on that. We are expecting her to run well and with the team in such good form we just hope it can continue on into the Carnival."
Mary Fildes is the most experienced runner in the field - she won on her debut at Bath and was placed in Group 3 and Listed company - and trainer Stan Moore is hopeful she will not be found wanting against more illustrious rivals.
Moore said: "We get weight from the big two which obviously helps; she should be fine on the Tapeta and seems fit and well. Hopefully she will be competitive."
Owners Emirates Entertainment Racing Club accept their six-win streak (three in the UAE, three in the UK) is likely to come to a halt on the Tapeta today when Ballroom Blitz, formerly of Richard Guest's, lines up in the Trial but manager Justin Byrne said: "She has done well since switching to Dubai."
Queen Of Alba, who finished sixth in a Dundalk maiden on her sole start in Ireland, and Princess Ghalya, for UAE-based trainer Muhannad Gharib, complete the field.