Saeed Bin Suroor: has dominated the Al Maktoum ChallengePICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Dominant Bin Suroor bids for win number ten
Preview: UAE, Saturday
Meydan: Al Maktoum Challenge Sponsored By Emirates Airline (Group 1) 1m2f, 3yo+ (Tapeta)
SAEED BIN SUROOR bids for a tenth victory in this Dubai World Cup trial and has saddled Dubai Millennium (2000), Street Cry (2002) and Electrocutionist (2006) to win both races.
That trio remain the only winners to follow up in the world's richest race, but Gloria De Campeao (second) and Monterosso (fourth) went on to win the World Cup in 2010 and 2012 after defeat in this contest.
Bin Suroor saddles Prince Bishop, the mount of Kieren Fallon, and African Story, who will be ridden by William Buick as Silvestre de Sousa is suspended.
Bin Suroor's duo filled the first two places in the second round of this challenge last month, with Prince Bishop beating African Story by a length and a quarter.Ireland have been enjoying a good carnival and the David Marnane-trained Elleval bids to follow up a win last month.
Mike de Kock has won the race twice for South Africa - with Victory Moon in 2004 and Asiatic Boy in 2009 - and is the most successful international trainer in a race that has also been won by Saudi Arabia, France, Japan and Britain (Twice Over in 2011 for Sir Henry Cecil). De Kock saddles hat-trick-seeker Sanshaawes and Alexandra Palace today.
What they say
Saeed Bin Suroor, trainer of Prince Bishop and African Story
We were delighted with both of them in the middle round of the Al Maktoum Challenge and Prince Bishop looked better then ever in winning. He has been working well since and Kieren Fallon seems to get on particularly well with him. African Story probably needed the outing more on that occasion and loves the Tapeta surface. He too is working well and I think ten furlongs is his best trip now. Both should be competitive.
Satish Seemar, trainer of Ottoman Empire, Zambucca and Surfer
We have always really liked Surfer but yet again he has an awful draw in 14. It is disappointing as he deserves his place in this company. He is fit and well and can hopefully run a big race. Zambucca ran a great race on his first start for us in the middle round and can hopefully build on that, while Ottoman Empire probably needs to improve on what he has shown so far.
David Marnane, trainer of Elleval
We could not be happier with him. He has come out of his last run in great form and that was a good win on a surface he seems to save his best for. This is obviously a lot better race, but he deserves to take his chance and we are looking for a big effort and a berth in the Dubai World Cup.
Jamie Spencer, rider of Side Glance
He is a proven performer at this level, as we saw here last year, as well as in Australia and Hong Kong. He handled the surface fine in last year's World Cup and ran well on this day last year so can clearly go well fresh.
Mike de Kock, trainer of Alexandra Palace and Sanshaawes
They are both fit and well but are taking a big step up in class. They have been in good form and, basically, we are just having a go at this level to see where we stand with them.
Charlie Appleby, trainer of Cat O'Mountain
He was disappointing last time but we will forgive him that run as nothing really went right for him. He was so impressive first time and looked like he deserved a crack at this kind of company. We will find out if he is good enough.
Ryan Moore, rider of Joshua Tree
He is a proven Group 1 performer on the international stage and has been pleasing connections in his preparation. He seemed to handle the surface in his one previous race on it and should come on for this run.