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Mahmood Al Zarooni - Trainer

Mahmood Al Zarooni: double-handed in UAE Oaks

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Lovely Pass bidding for Guineas and Oaks double

Preview: UAE, Thursday 5.05pm GMT (live on Sky)

Meydan: UAE Oaks (Group 3) 1m1½f, Tapeta, 3yo fillies

LOVELY PASS (Mahmood Al Zarooni/Kieren Fallon) will bid to become the fourth filly to win both the UAE 1,000 Guineas and Oaks when facing eight rivals at Meydan on Thursday evening.

She was making a winning local debut in the one-mile Guineas, a Listed contest, when she had all of Thursday's rivals in behind, and this looks a good opportunity to follow up.

Ahmed Ajtebi, who was aboard three weeks ago, is suspended and Kieren Fallon takes over in the saddle.

She is joined in the field by stablemate Music Chart (Mickael Barzalona), third in the Guineas, having won the 7f trial on her previous start and local debut.

Mahmood Al Zarooni said of the pair: "Both our fillies worked well last week and are in good form. Lovely Pass has certainly improved fitness wise for that run and is a nice filly but she does need to prove her stamina.

"Music Chart should be spot-on after two starts already this year and I am hopeful the trip will suit."

Al Zarooni won the race for the first time with Falls Of Lora last year, while fellow Godolphin trainer Saeed bin Suroor is seeking an eighth win in the race. He too is doubly represented with Mar Mar (James Doyle) and Shuruq (Paul Hanagan). The latter was second to Lovely Pass in the Guineas, having previously chased home Music Chart in the trial.

Bin Suroor said: "She has run two very solid races and always gives her very best. Her last piece of work was very good and the extra distance should be ideal.

"Mar Mar was fourth in both the trial and Guineas with the second run much better. She is hard to judge as she shows little at home."

Mike De Kock relies on Emotif, fifth in the first fillies' Classic on her local debut and first start since making a winning debut in South Africa in May.

De Kock said: "She was a sick filly when she arrived and we have been a month behind with her. She ran well enough first time and will appreciate the step up in trip but she will again benefit from the outing."

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